Financial Information for Graduate Students
in Biological Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships (TA). Entering graduate students are generally offered a TA appointment of up to 50% which includes a stipend, tuition remission and eligibility for health benefits. In most cases the stipend is supplemented on a competitive basis by Chancellor Awards (see below). Applications for Teaching Assistantships in the Department of Biological Sciences will be mailed to the student following their admission to the graduate program.
Research Assistantships (RA). In the Department of Biological Sciences, an RA is provided through an individual faculty member's grant. An RA appointment includes a stipend, remission of the non-resident portion of the tuition and eligibility for health benefits. Students interested in working with particular faculty can contact them directly to inquire about the availability of RA support.
Project Assistantships (PA). A project assistant is appointed to conduct research, training, or administrative responsibilities or non-instructional academic support projects. A PA appointment is usually provided through an individual faculty member's grant and can be used to supplement other forms of support.

Awards
Chancellor's Awards. This award is given on a competitive basis to supplement other stipends and scholarships. The amount of this award can be up to $5000. Notification of the Chancellor's Award will be sent to the student with the letter of acceptance. The student will automatically be considered for this award and does not have to submit additional information.

Research Awards. Modest awards are available for specific areas of research within Biological Sciences.
Travel Awards. Students may apply for awards to help pay for expenses involved in attending professional meetings. These awards are intended for students who present their research results at scientific meetings.


Scholarships
Hutto-Erdman Conservation Scholarship:
This award is given to undergraduates (Jr standing or above) and graduate students in Conservation or Environmental Studies. The number of awards and amounts vary.
Ray Hatcher Memorial Award:
Undergraduate (Jr standing or above) and graduate students conducting research in Botany are eligible. The number of awards and amounts vary.
Ivy Balsam-Milwaukee Audubon Society Award:
Undergraduate (Jr. standing or above) and graduate students majoring in Biological Sciences with an interest in and contribution to Conservation . The number of awards and amounts vary.
Clifford H. Mortimer Award:
Graduate students in Limnology or Related Sciences are eligible for this award. The number of awards and amounts vary.
Joseph B. Baier Award:
Graduate students in Immunology and Systematics are eligible for this award. The number of awards and amounts vary.
Louise Neitge Mather Scholarship:
Awarded to a female graduate student, unless no female candidates are otherwise qualified, who is a Wisconsin resident as demonstrated by having graduated from a high school in the state of Wisconsin, is in need of financial assistance to continue studies at UWM.
Ruth Walker Graduate Grant-in-Aid Award:
Undergraduate or graduate students to pursue their academic or research activities.


UWM Graduate School Fellowships
Graduate School Fellowships: Approximately 14 fellowships are awarded annually to exceptional newly admitted or currently enrolled UWM graduate students. Awards are for full-time study only. Fellows receive a stipend plus full coverage of resident tuition (approximately $7,400) and a remission of nonresident tuition (for students who are not residents of the State of Wisconsin). See Graduate School webpage above for application dates and deadlines.
Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) Fellowships: Approximately 25 new AOP Fellowships are awarded annually to qualified students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate study or are otherwise disadvantaged. All awards are for full-time study. Fellowship stipend is currently $14,000 for the 2004-2005 academic year (fall/spring) and $5,000 for summer session. In addition, Fellowship recipients benefit from full coverage of standard resident tuition, a remission of out-of-state tuition for students who are not residents of the State of Wisconsin, and are eligible for low-cost state health insurance. See Graduate School webpage above for application dates and deadlines.
Dissertation Fellowships: Approximately 14 Dissertation Fellowships are awarded to students with dissertation status. Dissertation applicants must have completed all coursework, passed preliminary examinations, completed Ph.D. residency requirements, and obtained dissertator status by September 1 of the award year. Awards are for full-time study only. Fellows receive a stipend of $14,000 for the 2003-2004 academic (fall/spring) year plus full coverage of resident tuition (approximately $2,084) and a remission of nonresident tuition (for students who are not residents of the State of Wisconsin). See Graduate School webpage above for application dates and deadlines.