ISE Teaching & Research Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistants help create a rich learning environment for ISE's undergraduate students.  TAs attend lectures, conduct quiz sections, and meet with students.  Teaching Assistants may also tutor, grade, and occasionally give lectures.  The TA appointee is supervised by the faculty member who lectures and manages the course.  Appointments vary in length, depending on the source of funding and the nature of the work.

International Students
Teaching Assistantships may be held by foreign nationals whose native language is not English only if they meet the requirements detailed in UW Graduate School Memorandum 15, “Conditions of Appointment for TAs who are not Native Speakers of English”.

TA selections are made at the start of each quarter by the department according to the specific requirements of the faculty and the course offerings that quarter.  There is no general expectation that a TA appointment will continue more than one quarter.  The general policy is that long-time and PhD level students should not expect to be continually supported with TA positions, but instead should become associated with some particular faculty member and be supported as an RA under his or her grants.


Research Assistantships

Research Assistants serve directly on research projects managed by faculty members. They perform a variety of tasks, from running experiments and analyzing data, to developing and performing computational analyses and writing reports.  Applicants who wish to begin an RA as early as possible should contact faculty members in their interest areas before they enter the program.  It is the student-faculty contact that leads to most RA appointments.

Some graduate students enter the program as Teaching Assistants, learn about the program and its faculty, and then in the second or third quarter of study are hired into an RA position.  RA positions are generally offered to PhD students and MS students whose ultimate degree goal is a PhD.  Appointments vary in length, depending on the source of funding and the nature of the work.

All RA selections are made by the individual faculty members whose grants and contracts have funds for those positions, and are generally offered to students who intend to pursue a


Terms of Appointment

TA and RA positions generally involve 20 hours of work per week and are considered 50%-time appointments.  The monthly salary varies depending on the degree level and status.  The appointee receives a tuition waiver and health insurance from the University, but is responsible for nominal quarterly fees of approximately $250. 

RA's and TA's at the UW are covered under the UW/UAW Union Contract.


To Apply:

Please submit this application to the Student Services Center in the Mechanical Engineering Building, room G7.