Compensation includes complete tuition remission and nine-month stipend and 85% of the student health insurance premium.
Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) teach their own classes or serve as assistants for larger classes. A full-time GTA workload of 16 hours/week typically involves 4-5 contact hours, 3 scheduled office hours, 3 MSLC tutoring hours, and 5-6 preparation hours. GTAs are afforded opportunities to develop their own teaching style, including participation in a Graduate Teaching Assistant workshop, and a first-year seminar partially devoted to teaching. Oregon State's Graduate School also offers a Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching, and interested students are encouraged to participate in this program.
Some students work as Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) on research or education projects, funded by sources such as the NSF or DOE. GRAs are arranged depending on the availability of grant funds. Some students come with their own fellowships, or are self-supported. Current students and applicants to the program are eligible for University fellowships and scholarships. Some teaching appointments, internships, and GRA appointments are available in the summer.
The 2019-20 GTA assistantship stipend for an entering graduate student is $1,952.62 a month. Students receive higher compensation as they advance through the program.
Awards and scholarships
A variety of scholarships and fellowships is available for incoming students, and prospective students are considered for these. Some are administered by Graduate School, and some are administered by College of Science. Deadlines and rules are communicated by Graduate Committee.