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The Chemistry Department offers Graduate Assistantships for incoming graduate students. Graduate Assistants do not pay tuition, but they must pay a modest incidental fee each term. The 2013-14 graduate student stipend is approximately $23,000 over 12 months. In addition, the university also pays for the tuition of the student (approximately $10,000 per year) which brings the level of total support to over $30,000. We constantly strive to provide a competitive stipend. Graduate Assistants are required to carry a full load of 16 credit hours of course work and/or thesis each term.
First year graduate students are generally supported as teaching assistants. Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) work with the faculty by conducting recitation and laboratory sections and assisting with grading and examinations. The time commitment for a GTA averages twelve hours per week.
Most of the research conducted in the department is supported by grants from federal agencies, e.g., the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, or large private sources such as the Petroleum Research Fund, Research Corporation, foundations, and industry. Graduate students performing research on these projects are supported as research assistants.
During the first term of study, Graduate students should discuss prospects for research support with faculty members with whom they are interested in doing thesis research. Faculty members cannot provide absolute assurance of support, since it depends on the renewal of research grants by outside agencies, and these actions cannot be predicted with certainty.
NL Tartar Research Project - The department provides competative summer support to students whose research is related to human health. These fellowships are endowed by Dr. NL Tartar, an alumnus of Oregon State University and long-time physician in the community. NL Tartar Research Fellowship awards assist graduate students in chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology. Priority given to US citizens.
Milton Harris Graduate Fellowship - Awards are based on achievements in academics and research as well as performance in teaching roles. The late Dr. Milton Harris, an alumnus of Oregon State University and former President of the American Chemical Society, provided a generous endowment for this program.
David P. Shoemaker Memorial Fellowship - Awards provide one or more fellowships to exceptional advanced PhD students in chemistry. The fund for this award was established by the late Clara Shoemaker, in honor of her husband Dr. David Shoemaker, former chair of the Department of Chemistry. Students who are completing the spring term of their second year, or more advanced are eligible.
Ken and Lise Hedberg Fellowship - Award to assist graduate students in chemistry. Students engaged in research on chemical structure receive priority for consideration
Arnold Johnson Jr Fellowship for Doctoral Candidates - Award for graduate students (PhD candidates) in Chemistry.
Whitely Graduate Fellowship in Material Sciences - Award for graduate students in chemistry physics with research in material sciences.
Ingram Fellowship - An award in honor of William Ingram, an alumnus of Oregon State University. Annual award is given to the student who has compiled the best record in all first-year courses and graduate student responsibilities.
Benedict Fellowship - Annyal award is given to the second-year graduate student who has compiled the best record in all courses and has a strong start on research.