Advice for being a TA or RA

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My life as a dog - being a TA and RA:
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There are a number of different positions that you can occupy while in graduate school. Typically these positions are classified as GTA or GRA. A "GRA" is a Graduate Research Assistant in which you assist with a faculty members research.  A "GTA" is a Teaching Assistantship in which you assist with the teaching of a course,  such as leading discussions in a lab, grading exams, etc.  
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FYI - an "RA" is a Research Assistantship in which you assist with a faculty members research.  A "TA" is a Teaching Assistantship in which you assist with the teaching of a course,  such as leading discussions in a lab, grading exams, etc.  
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==Teaching Assistantships==
*Try to be a TA for classes that are relevant to your career or field of interest, and especially try to be a TA for statistics because a solid background in statistics is what potential employers are looking for.
*Try to be a TA for classes that are relevant to your career or field of interest, and especially try to be a TA for statistics because a solid background in statistics is what potential employers are looking for.
*For every class you TA, that faculty member can now be another person on your "networking" list of people, so stay in contact.
*For every class you TA, that faculty member can now be another person on your "networking" list of people, so stay in contact.
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==Research Assistantships==
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*Try to get involved with a faculty member who is well-funded and whose research interests align with yours. Finding this intersection may prove to be challenging.
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Revision as of 05:10, 8 February 2013

There are a number of different positions that you can occupy while in graduate school. Typically these positions are classified as GTA or GRA. A "GRA" is a Graduate Research Assistant in which you assist with a faculty members research. A "GTA" is a Teaching Assistantship in which you assist with the teaching of a course, such as leading discussions in a lab, grading exams, etc.

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