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  • Financial Support
  • Living and Housing

About 150 students now serve as teaching or research assistants. Students are usually teaching assistants in laboratory or recitation sections for introductory physics during the first year of graduate study. Later they transfer to research assistantships in their chosen area of doctoral research specialization. Half-time graduate research and teaching assistantship stipends begin at $1450/Month for the 2007 - 2008 academic year. Summer assistantships are available. In addition to this stipend, students receive a full tuition waiver for all of the recommended physics/astronomy courses. Health insurance is also provided for the academic year. Teaching Assistants spend up to 20 hours a week on their duties, including 6-10 contact hours in laboratories or help rooms. The normal graduate level course load taken by first year students in our graduate program is 6 to 9 credit hours per semester. Graduate assistants are represented by a union.

The following support is also available for exceptionally skilled incoming graduate students:

  • College of Natural Science Doctoral Fellowships
  • Center for Fundamental Materials Research Fellowship for outstanding applicants in materials research
  • NSCL Fellowships
  • Herbert Graham Scholarships
  • GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) MSU has a multi-disciplinary award from the GAANN program which can support students working in areas overlapping with biomolecules. This includes numerous fields including energy and environmental science. More information can be found here.

Students with outstanding records are automatically considered for and nominated for these fellowships.

  • Single rooms in Owen Hall, the graduate residence center, rent for about $2,954 per semester and double rooms for $2,529 per student per semester. This cost includes $300 credit towards food from the Owen Cafeteria and weekly housekeeping.
  • The university owns and operates more than 2,000 one- and two-bedroom apartments to help meet the needs of single and married students. These rent for $587 to $773 per month, and include utilities, essential furniture, and a private telephone.
  • Privately-owned off-campus rooms and apartments are also available.
  • Links to local papers with event listings and classifieds
  • Public transportation is provided by the CATA Bus System which has routes linking Lansing, East Lansing, MSU, and Okemos. Most major apartment complexes are on a bus route. The main CATA terminal on MSU campus is conveniently located a block away from the BPS building.