PRC Graduate Research Assistantships


A primary objective of the PRC is to provide financial and advisory support to graduate students at UMD who are conducting field-based research on the Precambrian geology of the Lake Superior region for their MS or PhD dissertations.

Depending on the level of annual funding to the PRC, up to four half-time graduate research assistantships (GRA) will be awarded each year. Students may recieve only one GRA during the course of their graduate studies. For MS students, this would typically come in the second of their two-year program. For PhD students*, they may take a GRA in the second, third, or fourth year of their program.

*Note: The Ph.D. program is a cooperative program with the University of Minnesota, Department of Geology and Geophysics in the Twin Cities. Click here for more information.

What is included in a PRC GRA?
Currently, a 2013-14 graduate assistantship at UMD includes:

  • Salary stipend of at least $13,700 for nine months
  • Tuition scholarship worth approximately $13,500
  • Health insurance coverage for the academic year and for summer worth at least $2,150 (Health insurance requires a modest monthly fee to be paid by the student).

Graduate students in the Department of Geological Sciences at UMD are also eligible for travel support to conferences and research grants up to $1000 provided by the department.

Recipients of PRC Graduate Research Assistantships are expected to work at least 20 hours per week on their thesis research.

Who Is Eligible?
PRC graduate research assistantships will be awarded to outstanding MS or PhD students at UMD who are conducting graduate dissertation research that have significant field components and that focus on the Precambrian geology of the southern Canadian Shield. Decisions about GRA awards will be made by the co-directors of the PRC (Jim Miller and Dean Peterson) in consultation with the student's advisor and other UMD faculty. Factors that will be considered in awarding PRC graduate assistantships include:

  • Graduate and undergraduate academic record
  • Quality of student's graduate dissertation proposal with an emphasis on field studies of Precambrian geology
  • Recommendations of advisor and other faculty

For more information about PRC graduate research assistantships,

Contact: Dr. Jim Miller, PRC Adminstrative Director
Office Phone: 218-720-4350 (NRRI), 218-726-6582 (UMD)

For more information about the graduate program at UMD, visit the Department of Geological Sciences website:, or

Contact: Dr. Nigel Wattrus, Director of Graduate Studies
Office Phone: 218-726-7154

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