The experience of teaching is valuable for any career. The opportunity to assist someone who may not fully grasp a topic is not only personally fulfilling, but also trains students for academic and corporate careers. We offer teaching assistantships for all first- and second-year students. The teaching positions are usually for undergraduate courses and lab sections. We feel that this experience is so valuable, we even encourage students with their own financial support to participate in a teaching assistantship.
Most students will begin research assistantships in a faculty mentor's group in their second or third year. Effectively, students are paid to perform research. Research assistants determine their work schedule with their advisor. Research assistants receive a stipend, full tuition waiver, and health-insurance coverage during their assistantship. Often, students in the ILP track will continue to perform research in collaboration with the company that sponsored their apprenticeship. In this case, special arrangements are made to ensure that students are covered for their health care and salary.
The department financially support students during their first summer in the program. Students on the ILP track are required to take summer business courses, and students on the standard track complete a lab rotation during their first summer. Students typically receive financial support in later summers, as nearly every advanced Ph.D. student receives full-year funding when working with a research group.