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Undergraduate Financial Aid

Financial Aid: Departmental Scholarships

The Astronomy Department awards several undergraduate scholarships each academic year. All scholarships are restricted to declared Astronomy majors, and provide support for two semesters. The number of scholarships and the amount awarded varies from year to year, but generally we make between 5 and 10 awards in amounts ranging from $500 to $2,500 per year.   Students who have received scholarships in previous years are eligible to re-apply for another award. Scholarship application forms are distributed to all Astronomy majors. Application deadlines are normally set for late March. Award decisions are made by a faculty committee. Awards are usually announced at the end of the Spring semester.

 

Financial Aid:  Teaching-Related Job Opportunities

Every year the Astronomy Department hires 10-20 undergraduate students to assist in the teaching program. Preference is given to our own majors. The hourly wage depends on experience and the level of responsibility involved. Besides providing some extra money, these jobs provide you with some experience in teaching related activities, which can often be very rewarding on its own.

Below we list the positions that are expected to be available next year. We also list the qualifications we normally expect for the jobs. We will occasionally relax these requirements in an exceptional case, but they provide a general indication of the experience required.

Hiring decisions are usually made over the summer and early in the fall, after our teaching budget and graduate teaching assignments are determined. If you are interested in working in one of these positions, contact Dr. Tom Fleming.

Telescope Operator: These individuals run the campus telescopes on Monday-Thursday evenings for the introductory courses. It involves one or two sessions of 3.5 hours per week. Qualifications: GPA of 2.25 or higher.

Exam Proctor:  Assists in administration and machine grading of exams in introductory courses. Hours vary. Qualifications: GPA of 2.25 or higher.

Grader: Grading of homework and/or lab assignments for introductory courses. Hours vary. Qualifications: Completion of ASTR 300A, and GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Computer Lab Monitor/Tutor: Monitoring of undergraduate computer lab, Room 208, and providing tutoring help to students in introductory astronomy courses. Hours are flexible and are to be arranged with the faculty supervisor. Qualifications: completion of ASTR 300A GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Teacher's Aide:  Participate in the instruction in General Education courses. Since this involves major teaching responsibilities, eligibility is restricted to very highly qualified students. Qualifications: Completion of at least a year of upper division astronomy courses (300A,B and 302) and GPA of 3.25 or higher.