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Assistantships offered by Mathematical Sciences:

A Graduate Assistantship is 20 hours of service to the Department or supporting grant in exchange for a tuition waiver and stipend.

GRADUATE ASSISTANT - Available to both doctoral and master's students, and is normally the first appointment a new student will receive. These appointments carry a stipend that is paid for teaching, grading, tutoring, library or systems work.

TEACHING FELLOW - This is available to students who hold a master's degree (normally post-candidacy) and who are known to be effective and reliable teachers. This appointment is not available to first year students.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT - This type of appointment is supported by a research grant from an extramural source (government or industry). The duties consist of assisting in the research of the graduate faculty member who is the principal investigator. The stipend is the same as that of a graduate assistant.

UNIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP GRANT - given to Dissertation II students only during the Spring semester (after passing the candidacy exam). A University Fellowship allows a student to receive stipend and tuition for Spring without the service commitment. This is to reward students for their hard work and allow them to concentrate on their dissertation and research for a full semester. To receive a University Fellowship you must be nominated by the Mathematics Graduate Studies committee. Nominations are based on prior performance and research. If you have been nominated, you need to fill out the corresponding application.

TUITION SCHOLAR - Tuition scholarships, covering tuition and fees, may be given to a limited number of graduate students. Registration in 8-15 graduate credits of mathematics or computer science courses each semester is required.

Scholarships within Mathematical Sciences Graduate Students:

Other forms of support that can be available to Mathematical Science Graduate students are:

DAVID B. SMITH AWARD - Outstanding accomplishment in scholarship is the focus; exhibitions, performances, publications, presentations, and/or acquisition of external funds may show this. Evidence of outstanding teaching is important as well as the student's academic record. In essence, there are three criteria with the heaviest weight to the first. Usually the students nominated and selected have strong academic credentials and performance, publications in professional journals of their field, and leadership in their departments.

Part-Time Teaching - if you are unable to attain financial aid through the Student Financial Aid office, and you do not have an assistantship, you might want to consider part-time teaching at the department. Kent State offers a 4 credit hour tuition waiver for anyone teaching part-time. Part-time teaching in the Mathematical Sciences Department is coordinated by our Assistant Chairperson Dr. Jack Neuzil. You can contact him by email at There are limited teaching spots available, and promptness and good communication with Dr. Neuzil is essential to be considered for part-time teaching within the department. We do our best to give graduate students priority when assigning teaching for part-time instructors. Contact Dr. Neuzil for stipend information.

For the most up-to-date information and details on all the possible financial aids available to you, please visit The Student Financial Aid office on campus.