Most full-time graduate students in Physics are supported by teaching
and/or research appointments. There are also a number of scholarships
that provide partial financial support. Students who accept
assistantships at the University are required to register as full-time
graduate students (a minimum of 10 credits). During their first year as
a Teaching Assistant, students are required to enroll in a training
course for Teaching Assistants in Physics.
International students must satisfy the spoken English
requirement by passing the SPEAK test, administered by the University of
Washington, or by passing English 102 in order to receive a Teaching
Assistantship after their first year.
The Department employs approximately 50 Teaching Assistants to
aid in its instructional program. Assistants are initially appointed
for terms up to one year on the basis of scholastic merit. Subsequent
appointment is contingent on maintenance of satisfactory progress in the
doctoral program and on satisfactory performance as a Teaching
Assistant. A small number of Teaching Assistantships are available for
Students holding regular (20 hr/week) Teaching Assistantships
receive monthly stipends and tuition waivers. The duties involve
grading, preparation, conferences, and teaching instructional
laboratories and tutorials.
For the TA Application Form, please visit Graduate TA Application Form.
Positions as Research Assistants are available in most of the
areas of experimental and theoretical research in the Department. These
positions are awarded at the discretion of the Faculty member with whom
the student is working. Students are expected to obtain such support
by the end of their second year. Usually, these appointments can be
continued through the summer. The stipends and benefits are the same as
those for Teaching Assistants. For stipend amounts go to the University of Washington TA/RA Salary Schedules Site.
Pre doctoral Associateships
Students appointed as pre doctoral Research Associates must have
passed the Qualifying Examination and must be recommended by their
thesis supervisors. Candidates for Pre doctoral Teaching Associateships
are recommended by the graduate program coordinator on the basis of
academic merit and performance as a Teaching Assistant.
Two levels of appointment are available for both teaching and
research positions. Appointment at the higher level is available to
students who have passed the General Examination. Pre doctoral
Associate appointments may be continued through the summer.