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    Student Compensation

    Contributors: Wood, Piper

    Graduate Students: Total Cost

    Total Cost for Fiscal Year 13-14

    9-month Stipend
    Health Insurance
    Computer Services Fee

    Total Direct Cost for Academic Year

    $ 30,617
    3-month summer salary
    Health Insurance
    Computer Services Fee
    Total Direct Cost for the Summer

    Total Direct Cost for 12 month student


    *Note this rate does not include F&A charges which would be calculated on all direct cost with the exception of tuition.


    Graduate Students: Academic Year

    All graduate student assistantships (research assistant or teaching assistant) offer the same level of compensation for the nine-month academic year. Students work approximately 20 hours per week on their assigned assistantship. A bonus of $750/semester is paid to students for a maximum of four (4) semesters starting in the first semester after they have obtained ABD (all-but-dissertation) status. Current and future nine-month rates follow:

    Regular ABD
    AY '13-14 $17,300 $18,800

    For budget purposes out years should be calculated at 4% inflation.


    Graduate Students: Summer

    Students also work on research projects during the summer. They work 40 hours per week for a maximum of 12 weeks. Current and future weekly rates follow:

    Summer FY13

    Summer FY14 $850


    Graduate Students: Fellowship Supplement

    Students with a fellowship may choose to affiliate with a research project for 10 hours per week. They receive a supplement (paid by the research project) of $1,500 per semester when they affiliate.


    Undergraduate Students: Academic Year

    Undergraduate students may work as either laboratory assistants or as research assistants. Laboratory assistants are assigned to specific courses and work under the direction of the course instructor. Research assistants work on specific research projects and work under the direction of the project's principal investigator. Undergraduate students work approximately 12-15 hours per week for approximately 15 weeks per semester. Their compensation is $2,000 per semester.


    Undergraduate Students: Summer

    Undergraduates may work as research assistants for specific research projects during the summer. They may work up to 40 hours per week for up to 12 weeks per summer. Their salary is $10 - 12 per hour. Specific work schedules are negotiated with the principal investigator.



    When budgeting for multi-year projects, the department's policy is to use a 4% annual inflation rate for all budget categories where the rate has not been established.

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