University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Geology

Available Funding for Graduate Students

Most of the departmental funding is awarded in the form of Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTFs).

General information about GTFs

Graduate Teaching Fellowships are awarded to both incoming and second year graduate students each academic year. Although incoming students are typically awarded two years of support, satisfactory academic and teaching performance are required for renewal of the fellowship for the second year. Students are not typically awarded a teaching fellowship during their third year. The Graduate College assumes a time commitment of 20 hours per week for a full-time teaching fellow. Teaching responsibilities usually include five introductory physical geology laboratory sections each academic year. Fellows assigned to upper level classes may teach fewer sections.

Because the university funds assigned to stipends are limited, Graduate Teaching Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants with stronger recommendations, academic records, and basic GRE scores are normally given preference in selection of candidates.

Basic awards and fellowship maintenance

A graduate student holding a full Graduate Teaching Fellowship is awarded up to 10 credit hours tuition remission per semester. The value of the stipend changes yearly. Contact the Graduate College for the latest figures, which in 2005 were approximately $14,000. A graduate student holding an assistantship for two semesters of the academic year has a maximum of 20 credit hours of tuition remission for the entire year. Tuition remission does not relieve the student of payment of the various other university fees and charges.

The maximum number of graduate credit hours to be carried by a Graduate Teaching Fellow during one semester is 12 hours. Graduate Teaching Fellows must register for a minimum of 6 credit hours during every semester in which the fellowship is held. Two courses per semester during the first year and one course per semester during the second year, plus thesis research, are typical loads. Exceptions may be made for those students who have completed their residence requirements.

GTF conduct and expectations

Graduate Teaching Fellows are expected to fulfill their assigned fellowship obligations in a competent and professional manner. Fellows are advised to keep their supervisors informed of the progress of their duties and of potential difficulties. Students not performing their teaching duties satisfactorily will be warned initially, and if no improvement is observed, their appointment will be reviewed by their supervisor and the department, and the teaching fellowship may be terminated.

Graduate students are expected to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on their graduate coursework (200- and 300-level courses) during their tenure as Graduate Teaching Fellows. Students falling below this average may be placed on one semester's probation. If, during the following semester significant improvement is not demonstrated, the funding will normally be withdrawn. In cases of extremely poor academic performance during any given semester, funding may be terminated immediately without the institution of a probation period.

Retaining your fellowship for a second year

Any graduate student whose performance is satisfactory in both academic work and fellowship obligations can expect to retain his/her appointment for a second year (upon annual application). Students will receive support for more than two years only in exceptional circumstances and if extra funds are available.

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant in Geology Award

During the spring semester of every academic year the Department of Geology faculty elect the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant and submit her/his name to the Graduate College for university-wide recognition. The recipient's name is engraved on a plaque that hangs in the Department Seminar room.

Past winners of the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award
Christine V. Kimball
Thomas R. Armstrong
Hugh S. Rose
Hugh S. Rose
Hugh S. Rose
Stephen C. Bechtel
Mary Ann Schlegel
Adam Schoonmaker
Alexis Richardson
Todd Martin
Graham M. Bates
Sarah L. Brown
Caleb Holyoke III
Joshua Galster
No Recipient
Eric Butler
Eric Butler
Robert Price
John-Paul Lavoie

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