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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

CLA has increased graduate student stipends

During my visits to department meetings in the fall semester, many of you heard me mention that we would soon be announcing improvements in graduate student support. In December we were pleased to announce to chairs and directors of graduate studies that the base stipend for a graduate assistant in CLA (50% time; 9-month appointment) will be $17,500 beginning in the 2016-17 academic year, an increase of approximately 14%.

The CLA Roadmap committed all of us in the college to the relentless pursuit of research and creative excellence. One of the ways we will achieve this goal is through the continued recruitment and retention of outstanding graduate students.

Both the Research and Creative Excellence Roadmap Goal Team (chaired by Mark Snyder, Psychology) and the Grand Challenges Leadership Roadmap Goal Team (chaired by Catherine Squires, Communication Studies & Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies) recommended as part of the pursuit of excellence that the college improve its graduate funding. Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs Alex Rothman has also championed this issue. This stipend increase represents a significant investment in our graduate students, who play a critical role in advancing the research and education mission of CLA. We will continue to work on this issue in the years ahead.