Assistantships for graduate students at all stages
Entering students are offered full financial support as graduate teaching assistants or research assistants. The stipends and health insurance (insurance for both individuals and families) compare favorably to other institutions. Dollar amounts are especially strong when compared to the cost of living in Corvallis. For example, the rent index is approximately 26 (percentage of New York City prices).
We offer teaching assistantships to first- and second-year students. Duties usually involve 15 hours per week of laboratory work and exam grading in our beginning physics classes. Beyond the second year, students are usually supported by research assistantships under the research contracts of the major professor or thesis advisor. All assistantships include a full waiver of tuition. Additional employment during the summer months is generally available.
Students who apply to our Ph.D. program by the application deadline will be automatically considered for a number of fellowship/scholarship awards that support graduate student success. The awards include the Wei Family Foundation Scholarship, the Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships, ARCS Foundation Scholar Awards, and the OSU Physics Foundation Scholarship.