GTA Awards

Near the end of the academic year, three outstanding teaching assistants are selected and are given a monetary award in honor of Emery E. Slossen. Awardees are restricted to those GTAs who have held at least quarter time appointments during both semesters of the current academic year. The Director of Laboratories is the lead decision-maker when selecting honorees and conducts thorough evaluations of all eligible candidates throughout the academic year. Evaluations shall be on the basis of:

  • preparation for teaching assignments
  • quality of grading and recording
  • effective presentation of the material
  • assisting students patiently and pleasantly

Strong consideration shall be given to performance beyond the call of duty.


Graduate Travel Fund

The department has a pool of funds set aside to help Physics & Astronomy graduate students travel to conferences and summer schools. To apply for the funds (up to $750) please fill out the form located here. Applications are reviewed by a sub-committee of the graduate committee at the beginning of each month. Early applications are strongly encouraged. 

Policy on Departmental Travel Award for Graduate Students (Revised April 2019)

1. Eligibility

 Students are eligible to apply if they:

  • Are full time degree-seeking graduate students who have passed the comprehensive exam before the targeted travel date;
  • Have not traveled using funds from this award within 18 months before the targeted travel date.

The award supports a trip to either a conference or a school related to the dissertation research. The student must give a presentation related to the dissertation research if attending a conference.

 2. Award Information

Each award is up to $750. Eleven awards are expected to be made in each academic year. Unused funds in a calendar year will be added to the next academic year.

3. Application

Eligible students should submit an application including a half-page description of the conference/school, estimated cost of the entire trip, plans for additional source of support (if greater than $750), and how the trip benefits the dissertation research. For a conference trip, the applicant is required to submit evidence that an abstract has been submitted or an invitation has been received. For both conference and school trips, a letter of support from the advisor is required. Applications should be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator.

Students are encouraged to submit an application once an abstract has been submitted to a conference; however, an award will be issued only if the abstract was accepted for a presentation.

4. Evaluation

Applications will be evaluated monthly by a committee formed by selected members of the Graduate Committee.

5. Future revision reserved

The Graduate Committee will review this policy yearly for necessary adjustments.