Graduate Assistants (GA's) provide support for the teaching and research programs of the Department. The duties of a GA require up to a maximum of 20hours of work per week during the regular semester, and if the appointment extends through the summer, the appropriate corresponding amount which may be slightly higher than the nominal 20 hours per week figure due to the condensed summer schedule and extended intercession break periods. Minimum qualifications for a GA are:
Details of the responsibilities will be determined by the Graduate Advisor and the specific faculty member assigned as a supervisor. In addition to making satisfactory progress towards their degree, the duties of GA's will in general include one or more of the following:
Type I Teaching Assistants (TA-I) are assigned to students who have not received "Certification of Proficiency in Spoken English for Faculty/Teaching Assistants" by the Graduate (Act 756 of the Louisiana Legislature - LSU Policy Statement 81). Their duties will in general include the following:
Type II Teaching Assistants (TA-II) are required to teach 1 or 2 laboratory courses under the supervision of a faculty laboratory supervisor. Their duties include:
Full-time Research Assistants are normally not assigned TA/SA duties, instead they are to:
NOTE: All international graduate students not specifically exempted will be interviewed to test their English speaking skills. In the event the interview test is not passed, they must enroll in and complete the ENGL 2021 class (during the first semester at LSU) in order to qualify for a Type II assistantship.