Graduate Assistantships at LSU
There are many reasons to become a graduate assistant, not the least of which is that an assistantship will provide necessary financial support for your education. In exchange for service, an assistantship provides a monthly stipend and a non-resident fee waiver. Some assistantships include full tuition exemption.
Teaching assistantships (TAs) may include leading a discussion, delivering lectures, grading papers, or supervising a laboratory. Research assistantships (RAs) typically assist in conducting research projects. Service assistantships (SAs) will include, but are not limited to, conducting data analysis, assisting in library services, and other academic/professional assignments.
Many teaching assistants teach introductory undergraduate courses or assist faculty in the delivery of upper division and graduate courses. This requires not only a mastery of the course content, but it also challenges your ability to communicate ideas clearly (a skill that is central to success in your graduate studies and professional life). For many students planning a career in academia, a TA position is an excellent training ground.
There is a new Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop for new TAs offered each fall. The workshop offers support and other resources for teaching, enhance your effectiveness as an instructor, and help you get off to a great start in the classroom. Additional details will be provided at a later date.
Available assistantships can be explored by selecting the button in the right sidebar.
The CGS Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees, and Assistants
Louisiana State University, as a member of the Council of Graduate Schools' Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees, and Assistants, must comply with its terms. Please read the Resolution carefully so that all parties understand the expectations implicit in agreements for financial support. In brief, the resolution states "students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this Resolution." The Resolution also states "...acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made."
Additional information about assistantship regulations can be found in the General Catalog and in LSU's Policy Statements PS-21: Graduate Assistantships and PS-85: Preparation of Teaching Assistants.