Graduate students in the M.S. program at the University of West Georgia can apply for assistantships, scholarships, travel awards, and other financial aid to support their studies. Information on tuition, fees, health insurance, and general financial aid is available via UWG Graduate Admissions.

Teaching Assistantships 

Typically, the Department of Biology awards 8-10 teaching assistantships (fall and spring semesters) on a competitive basis to graduate students each academic year. A small number of teaching assistantships are available during the summer semester. Teaching duties include 3–4, 2-hour laboratory sections (instruction and grading) and a weekly prep meeting. Teaching assistants are assigned laboratories in the department’s introductory nonmajor and major courses. Teaching assistants are provided a monthly stipend and a tuition waiver, but are responsible for paying fees and health insurance. All teaching assistants must maintain a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled in 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semester. Potential graduate students should contact the graduate program coordinator, Dr. Melissa Johnson for the assistantship application and plan to submit it by the graduate program admission deadline.

Students collecting mussels.

Research Assistantships 

Individual faculty may have research assistantships available on a highly limited basis. These opportunities are competitive and dependent on a supporting external grant. Duties for research assistantships are linked to the research needs of the associated grant. Research assistants receive a stipend or hourly wage and may also be provided a tuition waiver depending on the amount of grant support. Potential graduate students should contact individual faculty and the graduate program coordinator about the availability of research assistantships.

Student carrying out bat research

Other Financial Aid 

The Department of Biology and University of West Georgia typically distribute scholarships and travel awards for graduate students on a competitive basis. These opportunities are announced yearly and graduate students should contact their faculty advisors and the graduate program coordinator for more information. In addition, graduate students should visit UWG Graduate Admissions to learn about other scholarship opportunities and Federal Student Aid.
Student presenting a reserch poster.