The position of research graduate assistant provides opportunity for the student to broaden his or her knowledge of economics and business while simultaneously aiding the director and other professional staff of the Center for Business and Economic Research, in the completion of routine duties and special projects. Specifically, the student will become familiar with and aid in the collection, organization, and dissemination of significant local, state and national economic data.


The graduate assistant must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. The undergraduate grade point average of a prospective graduate assistant should be at least 2.75 on a four point grading scale.

The prospective graduate assistant should also exhibit basic computing knowledge in addition to a familiarity with fundamental business and economic concepts and basic statistics.

Once the student assumes the position of graduate assistant he or she must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 while carrying at least six (6) graduate credit hours per semester. In addition, the graduate assistant must work twenty (20) hours per school week or as authorized by the Center for Business and Economic Research director for an amount not to exceed twenty (20) hours per school week. The duties of the research graduate assistant will commence at the beginning of each semester and continue through the final examination period.


The research graduate assistant will perform work under the guidance of the director of the center, as well as the director of research in cooperation with other office personnel. Matters concerning duties, special assignments, hours, compensation, etc. will be addressed by the director of the center.


The basic responsibility of the research graduate assistant is to aid the director of the center and director of research in the successful completion of research projects. Routine duties primarily consist of collecting and processing data for the center as well as preparing reports for the center's clients.

Following is a list of typical duties that the research graduate assistant will perform:

  • Work on short- and long-term projects involving data collection and analysis
  • Download economic and business data from the Internet and prepare it for analysis
  • Conduct statistical analysis for research projects
  • Conduct literature reviews on topics pertinent to research projects
  • Maintain the integrity and quality of the procedures and programs for data collection and preparation.
  • Develop standard operating procedures for various tasks to ensure continuation of projects

The preceding list is not exhaustive. Additional duties and projects will be assigned.


Near the completion of the semester the director of research will prepare an evaluation of the graduate assistants performance over the past semester. The evaluation will be placed in the students permanent work file and the results of the evaluation will be shared with the student in a timely fashion.

The following list contains general criteria upon which the graduate assistant will be assessed.

  • Ability and willingness to follow instruction.
  • Quality and accuracy of work.
  • Attitude towards authority, work, and the work environment.
  • Eligibility of the student in regards to the requirements of a graduate assistant.

Graduate assistants must reapply for a continuation of their assistantship if their graduate programs extend beyond the current academic year. Graduate assistants may be terminated if they violate departmental, Graduate School, or university policies.

Stipend/Fee Remission

Graduate assistants receive a tuition waiver and a yearly stipend, paid over 10 months. The amount of the stipend may change from year to year. Graduate students also receive a remission of the contingent portion of the general fee, remission of the graduate course fee, and an out-of-state fee waiver. Summer assistantships may be available. The stipend for summer assistantships is 15 percent of base salary (stipend) per summer session.