Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships

An assistantship is awarded to a graduate student who provides teaching (teaching assistantship: TA) or research (research assistantship: RA) support to the University that is a part of his/her academic program. In recognition of this support, the tuition and a portion of health care (but not fees) are provided by the grant/contract funding agency or through the University.

Eligibility Criteria

To be appointed, to retain an appointment, or to be reappointed, a student must hold Regular (not Provisional) status, must maintain a cumulative average of at least B (3.00) in any course work taken, must be eligible to register (i.e., must not have more than three viable grades of Incomplete on his or her academic record), must be enrolled in a graduate degree program scheduled to extend through the entire period of the appointment or reappointment, and must be a full-time student.

In order to perform duties with direct instructional responsibilities, a graduate student appointed as a Teaching Assistant will need to provide proof of English proficiency. UConn’s English Proficiency Policy for TAs and Testing Procedures can be found here along with information about how to provide proof of proficiency.

Appointment Type and Duration

Effort devoted to the duties of a graduate assistantship typically range between 10 and 20 hours per week (also sometimes called a “half GA” and “full GA” respectively). Appointments ordinarily are made for the nine-month period, August 23 through May 22, but may be of shorter duration for a variety of reasons.

GA Payroll Deduction

Graduate Assistants are eligible to use payroll deduction as a method of paying university charges not covered by their tuition waiver. There is no additional cost for participating in the payroll deduction plan. Instructions on how to enroll in GA Payroll Deduction are available through the Bursar at this page.

Payroll, Benefits, and Health Insurance

The Human Resources web site has an extensive compilation of information on graduate assistant medical benefits, payroll, and policies. Health Insurance benefits can be found here.

Stipend Rates

Stipend rates for graduate assistants are graduated in terms of progress toward the advanced degree and experience.

  • Level B/I: for graduate assistants with at least the baccalaureate.
  • Level M/II: for experienced graduate assistants in a doctoral program with at least the master’s degree or its equivalent in the field of graduate study. Equivalency consists of thirty graduate level content course credits of appropriate course work beyond the baccalaureate completed at the University of Connecticut, together with admission to a doctoral program.
  • Level P/III: for students with experience as graduate assistants who have at least the master’s degree or its equivalent and who have passed the doctoral general examination.

Supplemental Employment

Graduate Assistants seeking employment beyond their GA appointment must complete the online Supplemental Employment Approval form, which requires their advisor’s approval and is submitted to The Graduate School for final approval.

Current Opportunities

Data Science Graduate Assistant

UConn Division of Enrollment Planning & Management and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning are searching for a Graduate Assistant Data Scientist to join the ITS Data Science Team in several joint projects. The responsibilities will include the development of predictive models and the design/development of consuming reports, charts, and dashboards. The successful candidate will work closely with the Lead Data Scientist, and interact with ITS teams (Reporting and Analytics, Reporting Administration, Database Administration, Data Modeling/ETL), ITS partners, and others areas, as needed. The position is funded by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Division of Enrollment Planning & Management.


UConn Information Technology Services (ITS) is the University of Connecticut’s central IT department. ITS’s primary mission is to facilitate, coordinate and implement information technologies that enable the institutional missions of research, teaching, learning, and outreach. This is accomplished by identifying systems, services, and capabilities that have a positive, substantive impact on the community while delivering them robustly and at scale.

Develop models using HPC and Cloud
Collaborate with Data Scientists in ITS Data Science team, WebFOCUS Administration team, WebFOCUS Reporting Analytics team, and other ITS teams, as needed
Interact with functional experts to gather requirements
Create reports, charts, and dashboards that consume models

Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Data Analytics, Informatics, Data Science, Computer Science, MIS, Engineering, or Mathematics, and pursuing an MS or Ph.D degree in these areas.
Coursework should include some of the following: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Data Mining, Applied Statistics, Data Structure & Algorithms, Big Data Analytics, Predictive Modeling. Machine Learning or Predictive Modeling is a must.
Proficient with Python programming, knowing R is a plus
Proficient in open source packages for machine learning and data processing, including TensorFlow, NumPy, pandas, scikit-learn, imblearn, Keras, Pandas, Matplotlib, altair, and packages for connections to data sources
Some experience with data exploration for data quality and fixes
Experience working with data reports and charts using reporting software
Experience working with relational databases (such as MySQL, Oracle, and MSSQL), SQL, and SQL clients (such as MySQL Workbench, SQL Developer, SSMS)
Experience with version control software such as Bitbucket, Git.

Master’s degree in Data Analytics, Business Analytics, Informatics, Data Science, Computer Science or Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) discipline.
Some experience with machine learning development. Experience could be course projects, internships, GA, or other experience.
Experience with a Cloud platform such as Azure, AWS, or GCP.
Experience with WebFocus (reports, charts, dashboards).

Resumes should be submitted to Cuong Do at no later than August 31st.

UConn Recovery Community Program – Graduate Assistantship

Mission Statement:

This mission of the UConn Recovery Community is to provide a supportive community where students in recovery and in hope of recovery can achieve academic success while participating in a genuine college experience free from alcohol and other drugs.

Position Summary

The URC Graduate Assistant (Health Promotion Facilitator) provides non-clinical support to University of Connecticut students who are in all stages of recovery from addiction to alcohol or other drugs.  The Health Promotion Facilitator helps provide support for all elements of the student’s recovery wellness plan, tailoring support to meet each student’s individual needs.

The Health Promotion Facilitator works with students participating in the UConn Recovery Community. The Health Promotion Facilitator will also help with campus outreach and education aimed at enhancing awareness of recovery support resources, helping educate students, staff, and faculty about effective means of providing support for students struggling with substance use disorders, and helping enhance peer-to-peer support among students.

The Health Promotion Facilitator will facilitate weekly support group meetings, help students implement their recovery wellness plan, coordinate social and recreational activities, and accompany students on occasional weekend outings to enhance social experience, develop friendships, support, and enjoyable alternatives to campus social drinking and drug use.  This role is for a student passionate about working with their peers in recovery.

The Health Promotion Facilitator is always conscientious, honest, courteous, and professional. The Health Promotion Facilitator respects persons of all backgrounds, including but not limited to abilities, age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and spirituality. A Health Promotion Facilitator is an outstanding role model for other students and is knowledgeable of, enforces, and personally abides by all university policies and procedures, as well as federal and state laws.

Appointment Type & Schedule:

The Health Promotion Facilitator is a member of the Health Promotion team who is directly supervised by the Health Promotion Manager who oversees the UConn Recovery Community and related recovery support services.. This is a one year (fall and spring academic semester) graduate assistantship position, working 20 hours per week. A successful candidate must be able to work 20 hours over at least four work days each week. Hours must be worked Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Individual must be able to work -2 evenings per week with an occasional weekend for an event. The appointment begins August 20, 2021 and concludes May 19, 2022. Additional summer employment may be available depending on department needs.

Position Responsibilities:

  1. Facilitate weekly “All Recovery” and Friends of Recovery meetings.
  2. Plan, implement, manage and evaluate URC events, activities, and field trips, including all related procedures, marketing, recruitment, including developing ways to introduce and engage student to the URC.
  3. Provide students with information and education on substance use disorders, substance use recovery, and other general health and holistic wellness practices.
  4. Provide outreach efforts for student groups about substance use disorders, recovery and other associated general health and holistic wellness issues.
  5. Maintain and assist with the development and dissemination of wellness publications, including written documents, brochures, website updates, and educational campaigns.
  6. Complete administrative responsibilities in a timely manner under the direction of supervisors.
  7. Engage and motivate students to be successful in attaining their goals and committing to their recovery wellness plan.
  8. Conduct Recovery Ally training sessions.
  9. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year university or college;
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program at UConn in public health, social work, higher education, or related field;
  • Works well as part of a team, e.g. respects others’ opinions, shares workload as appropriate, and demonstrates flexibility;
  • Projects positive attitude toward students, Student Health and Wellness staff, and other offices; treats students, staff, and other offices in a caring and respectful fashion; mindful of individual, cultural and ethnic differences;
  • Possesses effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience presenting and/or facilitating to groups; 
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to supporting students struggling with substance use;
  • Experience developing educational materials and media;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality consistent with applicable laws and regulations;
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work, exercise good judgment, complete tasks in a timely manner, and work autonomously when needed;
  • Creativity, initiative, compassion, and flexibility;
  • Ability to apply professional boundaries with undergraduate students and office staff;
  • Ability to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate programs to meet the needs of an ethnically and culturally diverse university campus;
  • Actively participates in supervision; utilizes supervision appropriately; is responsive to constructive feedback; consults with supervisor as necessary when crises or situations beyond the norm arise.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Personal experience with substance use disorders and treatment.
  • Knowledge of multiple pathways of recovery as it pertains to substance use disorders.
  • Understanding of recovery groups and group process.
  • General knowledge of mental health conditions affecting college students.

Compensation and Benefits:

Stipend consistent with UConn Graduate Employee Union (GEU) rates and successful candidate’s level of education. Stipend rates can be found at See the GEU contract for other generous benefits provided, including paid time off, tuition remission, and subsidized health insurance through the Connecticut Partnership Plan.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send an e-mail of interest; resume/CV; and names and contact information for two professional references to: Sandy Valentine, Health Promotion Manager, at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with a goal of filling it by the end of May 1, 2021.

The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.