Tuition and fees are waived for those students who receive full financial support in the form of teaching assistantships, which is the only form of financial support that is offered through the department. Teaching Assistantship positions are competitive and currently 15 of our graduate students receive financial support in the form of teaching assistantships. Teaching assistant positions are for a total of two years (4 semesters) and include a full tuition waiver and a $16,000/year stipend. Receiving financial aid usually means teaching two to three introductory lab classes in the afternoons to non-science majors. Students awarded with a teaching assistantship are provided a computer. Geology T.A.s have access to an Apple Mac Mini computer in their office cubicle with a variety of installed software and environmental science T.A.s get access to PCs.
Master of science students in geology have access to the Geology Adkins fund. These funds provide up to $3,000/per student (whether TA or not). One of the requirements to access the fund is to finish the proposal and budget by the end of the second semester in the program. In addition, every student wishing to receive money from the Adkins fund must apply for external grants. Applications to external agencies need not be successful, but students will have to work closely with the thesis advisor on the grant proposals.
- AAPG Foundation’s Grants-in-Aid program
- Dallas Paleontological Society’s Frank Crane Memorial Scholarship
- East Texas Geological Society Scholarship Fund
- Fort Worth Desk & Derrick Club
- Geological Society of America – Graduate Student Research Grants
- Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (sponsoring geosciences students pursuing research in the Gulf Coast region)
- Houston Geological Society Foundation Scholarships
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
- Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Program
- SIPES Foundation Earth Science Scholarship Program
- Southwest Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists
- West Texas Geological Foundation Scholarships