Graduate Research Assistant Program

Graduate Research Assistant Program

2020 Winter/Spring Quarter

The Graduate Research Assistant Program offers graduate students an opportunity to work closely with faculty on a research project or creative activity that is related to the students' academic studies/pursuits. Student assistants should not be used as general clerical help. Students will work between 100 - 200 hours per quarter under the direction of a faculty member.


All CDM full-time faculty, including those on research leave, are eligible to apply for graduate research assistants through this program.

Graduate assistants can be assigned to either individual faculty members, or two or more faculty who are collaborating on a project or activity.

The faculty member and a pre-selected graduate student must apply together. All graduate students in the College of Computing and Digital Media who are pursuing a MS, MA or MFA and have completed all Introductory/Foundation Courses in their declared program are eligible to apply. Phd students who receive no other funding are also eligible to apply. Graduate students who participate in this program may not work on externally-funded projects. Students must be in good standing and have a 3.0 GPA.


Graduate Assistants will be compensated as follows:

  • A stipend, paid through Payroll, and expressed in terms of a quarter or academic year amount.
  • Tuition Waiver(s) (i.e. scholarship), expressed in the CDM amount that could also be computed or correlated to a said amount of credit hours or courses, either by quarter or by academic year.
  • Stipends and tuition waivers are not available for summer quarter.


All applications for 2020 Winter/Spring funding must be received by 5pm on October 15th, 2019.

A Faculty member may apply for a Graduate Research Assistant for 1 or 2 quarters by completing the faculty application form on MyCDM. Once the application form is submitted, the student will receive an email with a link to the student application form. Both faculty and student application forms must be submitted before the deadline.

For more information, please contact Adam Lubin, CDM Grants Manager

Selection Criteria

Members of the CDM selection committee will evaluate the proposal and provide recommendations for funding to the Dean. The number of proposals that will be approved at each application cycle depends on the available funding.

The proposals will be evaluated in light of the following:

  • Equitable distribution of available assistant among the three schools.
  • The student’s qualifications for Research Assistant work.
  • The value of the research project itself.
  • The project's potential to provide real involvement and positive learning outcomes for the Graduate Research Assistant.
  • Special consideration to applications by non-tenured tenure-track faculty.


  • Deadline for applications: October 15th, 2019.
  • Reviews by October 29th, 2019.
  • Notifications to faculty by November 8th, 2019.

At the end of the quarter, the faculty member evaluates the performance and progress made by the student using the faculty evaluation form. The Student evaluates the graduate research experience using the student evaluation form. Send the completed forms to Adam Lubin by June 30th 2020.