Graduate Assistantships in the Physical Sciences (Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics & Physical Science Education)

Graduate assistantships (teaching and research) are available in the physical sciences at Emporia State University.   Four Master's degree program emphases exist: Chemistry, Earth Science (in-residence and online options), Physics, and Physical Science Teaching.

A graduate teaching assistantship recipient is responsible for helping with the instruction in undergraduate laboratory courses by aiding a professor with materials preparation, grading and in-laboratory assistance to students.

Graduate research assistantships, which involve the pursuit of research with a faculty mentor, are also available through current, externally funded (e.g., NASA, American Petroleum Institute, Kansas Geologicial Survey) research projects.  


Applicants must be enrolled in one of the graduate programs of the Departments of Physical Sciences, have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in one of the academic disciplines in the physical sciences (or other appropriate background), and have a grade point average of 2.75 or higher.  Previous undergraduate experience as a laboratory assistant will strengthen the application for graduate teaching assistantships.



Typically assistantships extend throughout an academic year and for two years. Graduate assistantship stipends are currently $7000 for an academic year. Tuition for those holding graduate assistantships is waived (nearly $3500); thus the monetary award is equivalent to about $10,500. Some graduate research assistantships start at $8000 and also have the tuition waiver.

Application Deadline:

Applications should be completed by March 1 for priority consideration.

For further information, write, call, or consult our homepage:

Chair, Departments of Physical Sciences

Box 4030

Emporia State University

1 Kellogg Circle

Emporia, Kansas 66801-5087