Graduate Assistantships

Graduate teaching assistantships are available for a number of Packaging courses. Most often, these involve instructing, supervising, and grading in the laboratory portions of these classes. Appointments may be at either the quarter-time or half-time levels, depending on department needs and student preferences. Benefits include a biweekly stipend, waiver of up to 9 credit hours of tuition each fall or spring semester, health insurance, and waiver of out-of-state tuition (if applicable). Courses typically having assistants include PKG 101, 315, 322, 323, 410, 411, 432, 455,  470, 485, 815, 817 and 825. Teaching assistantships are generally not available for summer semester.

To apply, students must complete the Graduate Teaching Assistantship Application Form.  For full consideration, applications must be submitted by the listed deadline (April 15, 2019 for the 2019/20 academic year). International students in most cases must have achieved a passing score (50 or higher) on the MSU Speaking Test administered by the English Language Center https://elc.msu.edu/tests/msu-speaking-test.

Decisions about applicant selection are made by the director of the School of Packaging in consultation with the supervising faculty member for the course. To be considered for positions, students must apply each year. Preference is given to students who have previous TA experience in the School of Packaging, provided the student has performed well in previous assignments and is making good progress towards their degree. PhD students in Packaging generally have preference over MS students. Students must have the required background for the particular assignment. The application form provides the opportunity to rank TA opportunities in order of preference.

Applications should be submitted either electronically or in hard copy to the Director, Dr. Susan Selke, Rm. 135 Packaging Bldg., sselke@msu.edu, or to the Graduate Secretary, Susan Barnaby, Rm. 130 Packaging Bldg., barnaby@msu.edu.  Any questions may be addressed to either.

Graduate Assistantship Application

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