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Financial Aid

A variety of Assistantships are available that provide support to students in the form of an hourly wage:

  • Teaching Assistants teach laboratory sections and provide other instructional support. These are offered through the Department.
  • Graduate Assistants help with curating and other routine tasks. These are offered through the Department.
  • Research Assistants perform activities related to scientific research, typically associated with their thesis topic. These are offered by individual faculty and are typically funded under external grants. Students should contact faculty directly regarding these opportunities.

If you wish to be considered for one of these positions, check the appropriate space on the Department Application. 

Also the Carl W. Johnson-Bert Conrey Graduate Fellowship in Geological Sciences offers two prestigious scholarship positions as noted in the following announcement:

Carl W. Johnson-Bert Conrey Graduate Fellowship in Geological Sciences

As a result of the tremendous generosity of the Carl W. Johnson Foundation, the Department of Geological Sciences at the California State University Long Beach announces the availability of two prestigious scholarship positions for graduate studies within the Department. The scholarships support research for any field of study leading to a Master of Science Degree in Geological Sciences. Base funding is at $15,000 per year, renewable upon good progress for up to two years, but may be leveraged with teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or other funding sources.

To apply, students are requested to apply to the M.S. program following the standard process but also provide a written essay (approximate 1000 words) describing the how the Johnson Fellowship would help the student attain his or her professional goals. The essay should detail the student's projected research and professional interests as well as experiences that might indicate potential for success as a professional Geoscientist. For full consideration, applications to the program and the requested essay is due by February 1, 2014. Applications will continue to be reviewed until April 1, 2014. Students are highly encouraged to discuss their interest in the program with faculty prior to that deadline.