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Financial Support

Teaching Assistantships: Tuition and fees are waived for those students who receive full financial support in the form of teaching assistantships, which is the only form of financial support that is offered through the School of Geology, Energy& the Environment. Teaching Assistantship positions are competitive and currently 15 of our graduate students receive financial support in the form of teaching assistantships. Teaching assistant positions are for a total of two years (4 semesters) and include a full tuition waiver and a $16,000/year stipend. Receiving financial aid usually means teaching two to three introductory lab classes in the afternoons to non-science majors. Students awarded with a teaching assistantship are provided a computer. Geology T.A.s have access to an Apple Mac Mini computer in their office cubicle with a variety of installed software and environmental science T.A.s get access to PCs.

Other Financial Aid: Other financial aid opportunities exist through the University and interested students should contact the TCU Financial Aid office for more information.

Research funding:

Environmental Sciences Program ‐ MS students with a SGEE faculty advisor:

Students have access to research funds to support research related costs. These funds provide up to $1,500/per student (whether TA or not). The application for these funds will be completed and defended as part of the Presentations (ENSC 60001) class and is required for all students in their second semester.

Environmental Sciences Program ‐ MS students with a biology faculty advisor:

MS students in environmental sciences have access to the Biology Adkins fund. These funds provide up to $3,000/per student (whether TA or not). Students will take Scientific Presentations offered in Biology (BIOL 60001), comply with Biology Adkins proposal guidelines including meeting with their committee, preparation of a written proposal submitted to Biology’s Committee on Graduate Studies, and oral presentation of the proposed research to the Biology faculty in a departmental seminar.

Geology Program

MS students in geology have access to the Geology Adkins fund. These funds provide up to $3000/per student (whether TA or not). One of the requirements to access the fund is to finish the proposal and budget by the end of the second semester in the program. In addition, every student wishing to receive money from the Adkins fund must apply for external grants. Applications to external agencies need not be successful, but students will have to work closely with the thesis advisor on the grant proposals.