Appointment Types

Research Assistantship (RA)

A position working on a research project.

The Department makes every effort to match students with their first choice of RA. Most RAs are for 12 months beginning on September 16. Starting in late August the Graduate Program reviews the available RA positions, the requirements for each one (level of experience, software knowledge needed, etc.), and the interests of the students. A RA is viewed as employment; i.e., a way to help the student financially. However, we seek to match RA positions to students' individual areas of interest whenever we can.

Many RA positions are under the mentorship of a Biostatistics faculty member. Other positions offer opportunities to work with scientists in other departments. RA duties are often varied, but every student is informed of the specific duties via the "Job Duties Form" and has the opportunity to discuss them with the supervisor in advance of accepting any RA appointment. First-year RA assignments typically involve the development of several skills. The RA might call upon the student to perform data analyses on real data, or write a statistical programs perhaps to do directed simulations, or maybe work with a faculty member to read papers to learn techniques that are relevant for that RA.

Teaching Assistantship (TA)

A position working with students in a classroom, office hours, or grader setting.

TA appointments are on a quarterly basis and under the direction of a Biostatistics course instructor. TA duties are often varied, but every student is informed of the specific duties via the "Job Duties Form" and has the opportunity to discuss them with the instructor in advance of accepting any TA appointment.

Training Grants

U.S. citizens/permanent residents and PhD students only, offers research training in biomedical sciences focused on a specific research area including:

Students on Training Grant traineeships will have supplemental (10-hour/week) RA or TA appointments to cover the costs of study that are not covered by training grants. The policies governing RAs and TAs also apply to these appointments with the exception of remuneration. Supplemental appointments pay a monthly stipend, but do not cover any portion of tuition or health insurance.

Hourly Grader

The Department of Statistics occasionally has need for hourly student graders. When there are openings, an email is sent out to the Biostatistics student listserv who then apply directly to the Department of Statistics. The student is responsible for determining his/her eligibility (according to visa status, etc.) as well as ability to handle the extra workload. The department cautions against taking on a workload that is detrimental to academic progress.

Tutor/Consultant 

The Department of Biostatistics has a list of students willing to be contacted about possible tutoring and/or consulting jobs. Being on the list does not mean the student must accept the job. The student is responsible for determining his/her eligibility (according to visa status, etc.) as well as ability to handle the extra workload. The department cautions against taking on a workload that is detrimental to academic progress.