The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, announces the availability of graduate assistantships. Students wishing to pursue a graduate degree (M.S., M.A., Ed.D. in Science) with their major field in Natural Resources & Environmental Management are invited to apply.
Examples of duties expected of graduate assistants include:
1) assisting faculty in their courses involving field trips or laboratory and discussion sections in an introductory course (Environment and Society);
2) assisting faculty with laboratory preparations in support of soil, water, and air quality courses;
3) working on specific research projects supported by external funding; and
4) assisting with other departmental functions (e.g. proctoring the computer lab or examinations, outreach/promotion of department programs, etc.).
Assistantships require approximately 20 hours of work in the department per week. Presently, graduate assistants receive a stipend for each academic year (maximum two years possible for M.A./M.S. students and three years for Ed.D students) and receive a tuition remission; student fees in addition to tuition are not covered by the stipend.
For application materials, please contact:
Graduate Program Director
Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Management
Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306
Application materials are also posted on our website (see Graduate Program).
Applications will be reviewed until all positions are filled. Review usually begins in early March for assistantships that start in fall semester of that same year. Only completed application files will be considered, which include GRE scores, letters of recommendation, college transcripts, TOEFL scores (if admitted as an International student), and the departmental application form; the applicant must be in good standing with the University and not on academic probation by the Graduate School.
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
Application and Selection Process. Each year, assistants are selected for the following academic year by March. Complete applications must be received by the end of February to ensure consideration for the following academic year (or for Fall semester). Students may apply for a Graduate Assistantship at any time to be considered for a position, as it opens. To be eligible for a Graduate Assistantship, the complete application for admission must include: acceptance by the Graduate School (and by Center for International Programs in cases of International Students); original copies of all college transcripts; at least 2 letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic capabilities; and GRE scores. It is strongly recommended that letters of recommendation be on file from individuals who can address the applicant's communication skills and abilities to take instructions but work independently.
Supervision. The Chairperson of the department is the principal individual charged with supervising the Graduate Assistant, but other faculty may be responsible for supervising the work by students who are assigned to assist them.
Evaluation/Renewal/Termination. Each year, a returning Graduate Assistant seeking renewal of his/her assistantship is reviewed by the faculty in a regularly scheduled meeting during Spring Semester. Course evaluations from prior laboratory or other course instruction may be used, together with the insights brought by the individual faculty members who were assigned the Graduate Assistantship, and information provided by the Chairperson about the Graduate Assistant's conduct in support of the department and fulfillment of assignments. Continuance of the assistantship into the next or subsequent semesters depends on the maintenance of a 3.0 cumulative graduate GPA [3.2 for doctoral assistants] and favorable reports of the student's work by his/her supervisor. Usually a maximum of two years is allowed for a Graduate Assistant at the Master's level.
Fees/Tuition/Remission. Graduate Assistants receive tuition remission in accord with their appointment (full remission for full time assistants and half remission for half time assistants). Graduate Assistants are responsible for paying the Dedicated Fee, Technology Fee, and Health Center Fee (see Bursar's office for details).
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