new mexico field tripGraduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs)

The Department of Geography and Geology offers graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs) to students enrolled in the Master of Science in Geoscience program. Students must request these assistantships on the application, and selection will be based on an evaluation of academic records, entrance examination results, recommendations, experience, and other relevant criteria. Each graduate teaching assistant will be assigned duties and evaluated by the lab coordinator and graduate coordinator.

The duties of assistantships will require 20 hours per week, including time spent in laboratories and in preparation. Duties will generally involve preparing for and helping in the teaching of two 100-, 200- or possibly 300-level laboratories and/or performing preparation work for the laboratory. Other duties will be assigned as appropriate. GTAs are required to be on campus and available for work assignments one week prior to the beginning of classes, and to remain on campus through the period of final examinations. Arrival delays or early departures must be approved by the department chair.

Graduate teaching assistantships are typically awarded for one academic year. Master's students may normally expect to have an assistantship for a second year, however, this is based on continued availability of state funding. Continuation of the GTA past those time periods is permissible (but not guaranteed) providing performance as a graduate teaching assistant is acceptable and that satisfactory progress towards the appropriate degree has been made. Students failing to perform their duties satisfactorily may have their assistantship revoked any time.

Graduate teaching assistantships starting Fall 2012 are valued at $11,000 for the 9-month academic year but are paid over 10 months. To receive full consideration for a GTA, applications should be received by April 15 (midnight EST) for the fall semester and October 15 (midnight EST) for the spring semester.

Research Assistantships (RAs)

Research assistantships (RAs) will be offered by the Department through individual faculty who have funds available from research grants or contracts. Selection criteria will be similar to that required for graduate teaching assistantships, but will emphasize the suitability of an applicant for a particular research program. Duties will be assigned by the Principal Investigator (PI) administering the particular research project.

Research assistantships are typically awarded for one academic year. However, under certain circumstances, research assistantships are awarded for a given semester or for the summer based on funds allocated in federal, state or private research grants of the faculty.


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