Southern Connecticut State University
School of Graduate and Professional Studies
Graduate Studies Graduate Assistantship (GSGA)
Academic Year (2020-2021)
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Overview
The School of Graduate and Professional Studies’ (SGPS) Graduate Studies Graduate
Assistantship (GSGA) applications for the Academic Year 2020-2021 are now open. These
competitive, non-need-based awards are available to both prospective and currently
matriculated graduate students at Southern Connecticut State University. GSGA’s are part-
time, experiential learning opportunities for the award recipients. They are awarded to many
academic departments across campus and provide selected students with an opportunity to
work closely with faculty and peers as a teaching or research assistant.
Academic departments should carefully review the eligibility requirements below and section
on Award Categories prior to completing an application. The application deadline is:
Friday, April 24, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. via - GPSsubmit@southernct.edu
Eligibility Requirements
GSGA’s are non-need-based awards administered through the School of Graduate and
Professional Studies (SGPS). The eligibility requirements are listed below and
determination is contingent upon the following criteria:
Graduate Studies Graduate Assistantship (GSGA)
1. A complete GSGA application by a University faculty member;
2. The selected student must have a completed application and/or acceptance to a graduate
degree, sixth year professional diploma program, or doctoral degree at Southern
Connecticut State University;
3. The selected student must have a minimum 3.2 grade point average (GPA) for all
undergraduate coursework and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 for all completed
graduate coursework;
4. The selected student must be enrolled in a minimum of 4.5 credits of coursework for a
part-time GSGA or 9.0 credits of coursework for a full-time GSGA during the year of the
award;
5. The selected student must have the ability to work 10 hours per week for a part-time
GSGA or 20 hours per week for a full-time GSGA; and,
6. The selected student cannot hold other University-supported positions (graduate student
worker, graduate assistant, graduate research fellowship (GRF), graduate teaching
assistant, resident advisor, graduate intern, or adjunct faculty) while holding the GSGA.
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School of Graduate and Professional Studies
Graduate Studies Graduate Assistantship (GSGA)
Academic Year (2020-2021)
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Award Categories
Graduate Studies Graduate Assistantships (GSGA)
Teaching Assistantships - A teaching assistantship should be considered if the faculty
member seeks a graduate student who has the academic ability and commitment to
teaching necessary to successfully assist in the classroom under their supervision. Please
note that the GSGA - Teaching Assistant cannot be the instructor of record for a course.
Teaching assistants receive a stipend in the form of a non-need-based scholarship and a
potential fee waiver in return for various teaching responsibilities that may include
assisting faculty members with the tasks listed below:
Curriculum design, development, revision;
Planning and preparing course materials;
Organization and direction of group activities;
Preparing presentations and other methods of instruction;
Tutoring and other forms of individualized instruction; and,
Assessment and grading.
Research Assistantships - a research assistantship should be considered if the faculty
member seeks a graduate student to assist with an approved research project that will
support the academic department. The student will work under the supervision of a faculty
member in a field related to the student’s overall academic and professional development.
Please note that the GSGA - Research Assistant cannot be the primary investigator of
record. Research assistants receive a stipend in the form of a non-need-based scholarship
and a potential fee waiver in return for various research responsibilities that may include
assisting faculty members with tasks listed below:
Data collection and analysis;
Operation and maintenance of equipment;
Dissemination of research findings;
Conducting and guiding laboratory experiments,
Literature review;
Preparation of manuscripts, musical compositions, or other scholarly endeavors;
Identifying and troubleshooting problems;
Maintaining records and inventories; and,
Recruiting research participants.
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Academic Year (2020-2021)
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Award and Required Activities
GSGA awardees will be required to complete 10 contact hours (part-time) or 20 contact
hours (full-time) of work each week during the academic year. Specific activities will
depend upon the nature of the assistantship as outlined in this application and must be
approved by the Dean’s Office in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS).
Full-time graduate students awarded a GSGA will receive $3,875 each semester. Full-time
GSGA’s will have the following fees waived: University Fee, University General Fee (except
for that portion attributed to student accident insurance), and the Student Activity Fee.
The total award package equates to approximately $6,600.
Part-time graduate students will receive $2,560 each semester. No fees are waived for part-
time GSGAs; however, the stipend equates to approximately 68% of a students total bill
when taking six credits of coursework.
Students awarded a GSGA must maintain a 3.5 GPA in the fall semester in order to eligible
for an award in the spring semester. Students may apply again for a second-year award
pending the availability of funding.
Application Processing and Filing Deadlines
The deadline for submitting a completed application is: Friday, April 24, 2020 (4:00 PM.)
Academic departments will receive notification of their award by: Friday, May 15
th
, 2020.
Academic departments that have been awarded a GSGA position will then have until
Friday, May 29
th
, 2020, to identify and submit the name of the student to the School of
Graduate and Professional Studies. The SGPS Dean’s Office will review the
recommendation to render a final decision.
Faculty members should plan to submit the following documents by the dates below:
Due by April 24
th
, 2020
Applicant Information
GSGA Application
Due by May 29
th
, 2020
GSGA Student Recommendation
GSGA Certification Statement (completed by the selected student)
GSGA Student Resume (completed by the selected student)
Applications must be submitted electronically to: GPSsubmit@southernct.edu
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School of Graduate and Professional Studies
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Academic Year (2020-2021)
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APPLICANT INFORMATION
Full Legal Name: __________________________________________________________________
First Middle Last
University Address: ________________________________________________________________
Phone Number(s): _______________________ (Home)
_______________________ (Cellular or Work)
University Email Address: _________________________________________________
Academic Department: ____________________________________________________
Please check the appropriate boxes below to indicate the type of award you are seeking and
whether this will apply to a full-time or part-time student:
Type of Award
Graduate Studies Graduate Assistantship - Teaching Assistant; or,
Graduate Studies Graduate Assistantship - Research Assistant.
Student Enrollment Status
Part-time; or,
Full-time.
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Academic Year (2020-2021)
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Graduate Studies Graduate Assistantship - Application Questions
Each of the questions below is included in fillable PDF format in Appendix A.
1. Please provide a concise description of the research / teaching assistantship and how the
appointment of a GSGA will benefit the academic department.
2. List the specific responsibilities that this research / teaching assistantship will entail,
how the assigned student’s work will be tracked, and the metrics for success.
3. Explain how will this assistantship be used to foster recruitment or retention of
graduate students within the program.
4. Describe the methodology and recruitment plans* that will be used to identify either a
prospective / matriculated student with the skills, interests, and educational background
required for this position.
5. Describe the relevancy of this assistantship to the student’s academic and professional
growth.
6. Describe how the final results, lessons learned, successes, and areas for improvement of
this assignment will be presented to the Dean’s Office in the School of Graduate and
Professional Studies.
7. Conclude with a brief overview of how this research / teaching assistantship will
continue past the appointment or in the event that there are challenges with the
student’s ability to complete the assignment.
* Please note The Dean’s Office of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies is not responsible for
identifying a graduate student. This is the specific responsibility of the academic department and faculty
member applying for the position.
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Academic Year (2020-2021)
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Graduate Studies Graduate Assistantship (GSGA) Student Recommendation
To be completed by the Faculty Member upon identification of the student
to assume the GSGA position.
Instructions: The faculty member will complete this form once he/she has identified the
student to whom the GSGA position is to be awarded. This form should be submitted along with
the student’s resume and the Student Certification Form. The student must be identified
no later than Friday, May 29
th
, 2020. Failure to name a student by this date will result in
the GSGA position being withdrawn and potentially awarded to another faculty member.
Student’s Printed Name: _______________________________________________________
The faculty mentor must complete this recommendation on separate letterhead and include as a
supplemental document with this form. Each of the following three items must be addressed in
order under the appropriate heading (e.g., evaluation plan), within two typed (single-sided)
pages using a minimum 11-point Times Roman font, single spaced.
(1) Qualifications of the applicant, including academic performance
(2) Evidence of interest and commitment to the Assistantship experience
(3) Evaluation plan to assess student’s achievements
Recommendation letters must be submitted electronically to:
GPSsubmit@southernct.edu
Mentor’s Printed Name: ____________________________________
Mentor’s Signature: ________________________________________ Date: ___________________
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School of Graduate and Professional Studies
Graduate Studies Graduate Assistantship (GSGA)
Academic Year (2020-2021)
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Graduate Studies Graduate Assistantship (GSGA) Certification Statement
I certify that the information provided by me is accurate and complete. I understand that all
documents submitted for consideration become the property of Southern Connecticut State
University and will not be returned to me, nor duplicated for me for any reason. I also
understand that award of a GA is subject to availability of funds and to verification of final
records from all academic institutions I have attended. I further understand that holding or
accepting any other University supported positions renders me immediately ineligible for the
GSGA award. I pledge to conduct myself with the highest personal and professional demeanor,
and maintain the highest ethical standards and academic integrity. I understand that the
GSGA award may be withdrawn if I do not fulfill all of the associated responsibilities.
Printed name of Recommended Student: ________________________________________
Signature of Student: ___________________________________ Date: ________________
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School of Graduate and Professional Studies
Graduate Studies Graduate Assistantship (GSGA)
Academic Year (2020-2021)
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APPENDIX A:
Graduate Studies Graduate Assistantship (GSGA) Application
1. Please provide a concise description of the research / teaching assistantship and how the
appointment of a GSGA will benefit the academic department.
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2. List the specific responsibilities that this research / teaching assistantship will entail,
how the assigned student’s work will be tracked, and the metrics for success.
3. Explain how will this assistantship be used to foster recruitment or retention of
graduate students within the program.
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4. Describe the methodology and recruitment plans that will be used to identify either a
prospective / matriculated student with the skills, interests, and educational background
required for this position.
5. Describe the relevancy of this assistantship to the student’s academic and professional
growth.
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6. Describe how the final results, lessons learned, successes, and areas for improvement of
this assignment will be presented to the Dean’s Office in the School of Graduate and
Professional Studies.
7. Conclude with a brief overview of how this research / teaching assistantship will
continue past the appointment or in the event that there are challenges with the
student’s ability to complete the assignment.