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ASSISTANTSHIPS: As of 2013-2014, 9-month stipend levels for Teaching Assistants are $16,500 for M.S. students and $18,000 for Ph.D. students. Stipend amounts for Research Assistants are determined by the sponsoring faculty member. Students with assistantships will also receive a tuition waiver and health insurance.

***In the process of updating this page but the above is correct.


To qualify for assistantships, the applicant must be admitted to the graduate program in the department of biology. The department of biology recommends that applicants have an undergraduate gpa of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale). We require a minimum of 1000 (verbal plus quantitative) GRE score for both M.S. and Ph.D. However, we recommend a higher score to be competitive for teaching assistantships. Meeting the recommended minimum requirements does not guarantee either admission or an offer of an assistantship. Most applicants who are admitted to the graduate program in biology are offered an assistantship.

Summer teaching assistantships are usually available on a competitive basis for up to two months. Stipend depends on teaching loads and responsibilities. Students may also compete for summer research assistantships.

Visit the Unviersity of Mississippi Gradaute School website concerning Fellowships: http://www.olemiss.edu/gradschool/fellowships.php

Travel Grants for Graduate Students: http://www.olemiss.edu/gradschool/travel_grants.php