GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND AWARDS



Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available in each department offering graduate studies programs as well as other offices or departments on campus. Students seeking information about assistantships should contact the department directly. For general information about graduate assistantships contact the School of Graduate Studies, (860-832-2363) located in Barnard 102.

Central Connecticut’s graduate assistantship program provides some financial support for students who wish to participate in an academically relevant work experience while pursuing graduate study. Graduate assistants may assist faculty in teaching classes, supervise laboratories, work with faculty who are conducting research, or participate in leadership roles for service and partnership activities. Faculty provide careful guidance so that graduate assistants develop new skills while carrying out their assigned responsibilities. At the same time, graduate assistants help faculty to meet their obligations as teachers and scholars. Thus, the program provides real benefits to the graduate student and to the University community.

Graduate students must be fully admitted by the Graduate School and pursuing course work leading to a master's degree, Ed. D, sixth year certificate, post-master's planned program, post-baccalaureate teacher certification or OCP programs. GA's are appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies upon the recommendation of a department chair or other administrative officials.

Assistantships recipients are expected to be enrolled in required courses within their planned programs of graduate study and/or prerequisites necessary to offset any undergraduate deficiencies prior to undertaking such requirements.

To receive or maintain an assistantship placement, a minimum GPA of 3.00 for all post-baccalaureate course work completed at Central Connecticut State University is required.  New incoming students must have a 3.00 GPA in order to serve as a Graduate Assistant in their first semester. All graduate assistants must meet specific criteria.

Assistantships are available on a full-time or half-time basis. Students appointed as full-time GA's provide 20 hours of service per week or 300 total hours during the semester; students appointed as half-time GA's provide 10 hours of service per week or 150 total hours.

To be awarded a full-time assistantship, a graduate must be classified as a full-time student, (Nine (9) or more semester hours). Half-time appointed GA's who are full-time students must also enroll for nine (9) or more semester hours of course work. Half-time GA appointments are also available to part-time students. A part-time student who receives a graduate assistantship may take from three (3) to eight (8) semester hours of course work.

Full-time graduate assistants receive a stipend ranging from $2,400 to $4,800 each semester, in addition to a waiver of the State University and Student Activity fees and most of the General Fee. They pay resident or non-resident tuition as appropriate, a portion of the University General Fee attributable to student accident and sickness insurance, and sickness/accident insurance coverage costs as needed. Sickness/accident insurance charges and the related General Fee amount for the student insurance plan may be waived on the basis of alternate coverage.

Half-time graduate assistants receive a stipend ranging from $1,200 to $2,400 each semester. If half-time assistants enroll full-time in the general fund (nine or more semester hours), they pay full-time tuition but receive a waiver of the State University and Student Activity fees and most of the General Fee as specified for full-time assistants. Other provisions described above also apply to half-time graduate assistants who are full-time graduate students. If a graduate assistant enrolls for less than nine course credits within a semester, the student pays the appropriate fees for part-time extension fund graduate studies.

The stipend that a Graduate Assistant receives is divided into equal payments, distributed every two weeks throughout the semester.

It is the policy of Graduate Studies that a Graduate Assistant may not be employed under any other employment category by the University.  In addition, a full-time Graduate Assistant is expected to make a full-time commitment to graduate study.  Consequently, they shall not be engaged in significant employment outside of the University.

If the Graduate Assistant fails to meet acceptable performance standards and Graduate Policies, the department may request to the Dean of Graduate Studies that the Graduate Assistant be removed from the position.

Application Process


Students can obtain an application for a graduate assistantship in the office of the Dean of Graduate Studies in Henry Barnard Hall, room 102. When applying, students should proceed as follows.

1. Contact the administrator, chair of the academic department, or principal Investigator or Project Director of a grant where you would like to obtain the assistantship by phone, by letter, or in person so that you may determine whether such a position is or will be available. It is important that you do this as soon as possible after admission if an assistantship is in your plans. Assistantships are extremely limited and fill quickly.

2. Make enough copies of the blank application to cover the number of departments where you wish to apply for an award. Although it is preferable that you pursue an assistantship in the area of your graduate study, it is not a requirement.

3. Complete each application to be submitted as an ORIGINAL FORM, including the names of two persons who can
provide letters of recommendation if requested.

4. Be sure to ask the department(s) or area(s) of application about the submission of references before you contact the persons who will provide this information.

It is also advisable to inquire about the submission of a resume and whether a personal interview is necessary and needs to be scheduled.

Out-of-area and out-of-country students may encounter difficulties if an interview is required. Alternatives to an on-campus meeting may need to be discussed with the department chair or director if this is the case. International students, in particular, may have to complete a successful semester of graduate study at Central Connecticut State University before receipt of an assistantship award.

Please click here for Graduate Assistantships Forms or visit our forms page.

Scholarships 

The Graduate School administers two scholarship awards. The Graduate Academic Awards and the Outstanding Scholar Award Program occurs in the fall semester. In the spring semester, the CCSU Foundation through Graduate Studies accepts applications for the Graduate Student Association Scholarship. Click on either of the two links to obtain information and application forms. The amount of each scholarship will be contingent upon the amount of funding made available by the University Scholarship and Loan Committee each year.

Other scholarships are administered through the Office of Institutional Advancement, which are listed below: Numbered 3 through 10. Institutional Advancement Scholarships are available at http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=891 or call the office of Institutional Advancement at 860-832-1740.

1) Graduate Academic Awards

Graduate Academic Awards are presented each fall to one distinguished student in each academic program. Departments may nominate the same student to be considered for the Outstanding Scholar Award. There will be one outstanding scholar from each school in the university. The criteria established by the Graduate Studies Committee are: 

Must have completed 12 credit hours in an approved graduate planned program of study.

  1. Must be in attendance at least one or more additional semesters following the semester of nomination.
  2. Shall be registered as a full or part-time student in good standing for a minimum of three (3) credits in the spring or fall semester of the academic year of the nomination.
  3. Must be pursuing either a Master's Degree, Sixth Year Program or the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.
  4. Must demonstrate minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 on the graduate transcript.
  5. Must have completed a minimum of nine (9) credits of graduate level courses in an approved planned program of study.
  6. Must have received no more than one B in courses in the approved planned program.

For the Academic Award: Must include signatures from both the advisor and an instructor at CCSU with whom the nominee has completed a graduate level course.

For the Outstanding Scholar Award: Must be nominated by department or program faculty and include two letters of recommendation from the adviser, instructor, graduate program director, or department chair that address how the nominee demonstrates as many as applicable of the
Graduate Tenets.
 

Please note:

Graduate students are limited to one graduate Academic Award during their course of graduate study at CCSU.

2) Graduate Student Association Scholarship/CCSU Foundation
Criteria for this Scholarship are:

1.Must be matriculated in a planned program for at least one year. 
2.Must have completed a minimum of 12 graduate credits at CCSU.
3.Must be in attendance at least one additional semester after receipt of award.
4.Must demonstrate minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 for all graduate courses
5.Must complete full application packet including essay and two letters of recommendation.
Please Note: The Essay should address their involvement in university and/or community service activities during their time in their current graduate program.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2014 

Click here for more information and on-line application.


3) Ruthe Boyea Scholarship (2050)
Matriculated undergraduate or graduate student with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 who shows promise of outstanding academic and career potential and support for the enhancement of women.

Special Application Instructions:
Applicants shall submit a statement indicating what they have done, or plan to do, for the enhancement of women.

4) David DeNuccio Graduate Scholarship (2307)
Provides financial support for the recognition of outstanding performance by graduate students in the CCSU Department of Biological Sciences.

These awards are for the most worthy graduate students in each of the three majors:
M.A. - Biological Sciences; M.S. - Biological Sciences; M.S. - Biological Sciences-Anesthesia  

5) Stanislaus A. Blejwas Memorial Scholarship (2009)

  • Provides support to a currently enrolled full-time undergraduate or graduate student who demonstrates an interest in Polish issues. Preference will be given to a student enrolled in an interdisciplinary academic minor in Polish Studies or to a CCSU student who studies in Poland for a semester or a year.

Special Application Instructions: Applicants must submit a statement of not more than 250 words, detailing specifically how they have dedicated themselves to Polish scholarship and to involvement and leadership in the Polish community, and two letters of recommendation from faculty members, school counselors, or notable persons from the community.

6) Grzyb Memorial Scholarship (2370)

  • Student of American birth who excels in Polish Studies at CCSU.  
Lindgren Family Scholarship (2615)
·       Provides support for a full-time or part-time matriculated graduate students enrolled in any of the Department of Educational Leadership's academic programs.  Recipients shall be selected based on their potential for success in educational leadership and on documented financial need (as determined by institutional methodology).  Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher and have completed a minimum of 12 credits in planned program of study in Educational Leadership.
7) Lindgren Family Scholarship (2615)
Provides support for a full-time or part-time matriculated graduate students enrolled in any of the Department of Educational Leadership's academic programs.  Recipients shall be selected based on their potential for success in educational leadership and on documented financial need (as determined by institutional methodology).  Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher and have completed a minimum of 12 credits in planned program of study in Educational Leadership.

8) Modern Languages Scholarship  

  • Provides scholarship support for students majoring in modern languages.

9) Karen Beyard Scholarship (2120)

  •  Support for a full-time employee of CCSU in a bargaining unit that does not provide tuition waivers. 
  • Part-time matriculant who demonstrate qualities of service, leadership and academic achievement.

10) Virginia Wicks Vidich Scholarship (2890)

  •  Supports students who have the underlying character and ability to be successful but whose personal, economic or social circumstances have put them at risk.

Special Application Instructions:

  •   This scholarship is based upon nominations to the University Scholarship Committee therefore applications for this scholarship are not accepted.

 

11) Larose Scholarship Fund for Excellence and Service in Data Mining
Proivdes up to $2000 each semester (starting 2011) to fully admitted, matriculated graduate students in the Master of Science in Data Mining program.

Guidelines:

  •  Must have completed 12 credit hours in an approved data mining planned program of study.
  • Must be in attendance at least one or more additional additional semesters following the semester of nomination.
  • Shall be registered as a full or part-time student in good standing for a minimum of three (3) credits in the spring or fall semester of the academic year of the nomination.
  • Shall demonstrate superior academic ability, shown by a high cumulative grade point average on the graduate transcript.
  • Shall seek out opportunities for service to the program and fellow students, including the following:
    - Serving as a graduate assistant in one or more data mining courses.
    - Proactively helping fellow graduate students to solve problems, for example, in the threaded discussions.

    Contact Dr. Dan Larose for more information

 

For More Information on Scholarships: http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=891

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