Information for Current Graduate Students
Graduate Assistantships (GA)
Typically there are three types of funding opportunities available for graduate students. Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Research Assistants (RAs) receive a scholarship to cover tuition, plus a stipend (paid bi-monthly). TAs and RAs are expected to work 15-20 hours on their assignments. Students awarded a Graduate Recruitment Scholarship (GRS) receive a scholarship and stipend (paid bi-monthly), which combined cover the cost of tuition; students receiving a GRS are expected to work 6 hours per week on their assignments. Regardless of the nature of the funding, all graduate students are representatives of the department, and need to accord their assignments top priority.
Graduate Assistantships are nine-month appointments. Special Summer Tuition Scholarships are available for students enrolled during the summer term, provided that they were enrolled in either the previous spring or subsequent fall semesters.
Departmental Scholarships Available for Geography Graduate Students
[Application guidelines forthcoming]
- The Isaac Sindiga Memorial Fund for Geography. The Isaac Sindiga Memorial Fund for Geography was established by an anonymous donor in honor of the late Dr. Isaac Sindiga, who received his master's degree from the Department in 1981. The Sindiga award is given annually to a graduate student to conduct research in completion of his/her degree and may be used for such expenses as travel, software, or other items related to the research.
- Awarded by the Departmental Graduate Committee
- At the discretion of the Graduate Committee, the award may be given to more than one student.The award will not be made if a student does not meet the requirements
- Recipient must have a strong recommendation by his/her thesis advisor and committee
- Eligible students are full-time, degree-seeking graduate students enrolled in the Department of Geography
- Recipient should have completed a minimum of 45 quarter hours (30 semester hours) of graduate coursework in the department, and should have departmental approval of his/her proposed thesis research
- Isaac Sindiga Scholars will be chosen on the basis of academic performance, research potential, and a research agenda that requires travel expenses; a detailed budget justifying the field research must be included in the proposal
- Isaac Sindiga Scholars may not receive support from the Isaac Sindiga Memorial Fund for Geography more than once.
- Margaret Boyd Research Scholarships. Named in honor of Margaret Boyd, Ohio University's first female graduate (of the class of 1873). This scholarship is intended to support applied geographic research in Ohio, or elsewhere in the U.S. Open to undergraduates, but preference is given to graduate students.
- The Outstanding Graduate Scalia Scholar. Established by the former Scalia Laboratory for Atmospheric Analysis Director Dr. Ronald Isaac, the Outstanding Graduate Scalia Scholar is given annually to a full-time graduate student on the basis of academic performance, research and scholarly activity on behalf of the Scalia Laboratory, and/or community outreach, service, and education on behalf of the Scalia Laboratory. The award decision is made by the Director of the Scalia Laboratory in consultation with the Geography Department graduate committee.
To help defray travel expenses, the Department will award Geography Graduate students a maximum of $500 per academic year, to present at a professional conference, or $250 to attend a conference. Students should check with Amy Meeks for specific requirements for reimbursement. Graduate students are also encouraged to apply for Graduate Student Senate Travel Grants.
For students pursuing a thesis:
- Thesis proposal defense form. Students should take this form to their thesis proposal defense, which should take place by the end of their first year, or no later than the fifth week of their third semester (excluding summer). The form is to be signed after the thesis committee approves the proposal, then delivered to the Department's Administrative Associate.
- Thesis Defense: You must follow the instructions on completing your thesis available from "Thesis and Dissertation Services" (TAD) within the Graduate College. Please visit this link and familiarize yourself with the requirements and deadlines as soon as you start to write your thesis () Please visit this link () and complete the required forms from the College of Arts and Sciences: "Arrangement for Oral Defense" and "Report of Oral Thesis Examination and Dissertation Defense." Please deliver the signed originals to the Geography Graduate Chair.
- Complete the within one week of your thesis defense, and return it to the Department's Administrative Associate.
For students pursuing a non-thesis degree:
- Complete the comprehensive examination committee form at least one semester prior to the comprehensive exams are administered, and ideally by the end of your first year. Please deliver the signed original to the Department's administrative associate.
- Complete the within one week of your comprehensive exams, and email it to James Dyer, Chair.