Welcome to the Department of Mathematics

Department of Mathematics at Illinois State University

Current Graduate Assistant FAQ

Graduate Assistant Handbook
  • How do I obtain a GA position for my second year of grad school?
    In order to receive your GA position for a second year to finish your Master’s/Doctorate, you must re-apply on the jobs.ilstu.edu website before the end of the spring semester. It is best to apply sooner rather than later.

  • When do I have to purchase/cancel ISU insurance as a GA?

    If you are a GA who is registered for less than 9 credit hours, you must purchase ISU insurance on your own if not covered on an external insurance plan. This can be done by going to the go.isu.edu website. Click “Home”, “Main Menu”, “Campus Solutions”, “ISU CS Main Menu”, and then “Student Health Insurance”.

    If you are a GA registered for 9 or more credit hours, you will be automatically enrolled in ISU insurance. If you wish to cancel the ISU insurance then you must fill out the form located on this website. Complete a cancellation form and provide proof of other coverage (copy of insurance card) each semester prior to the 15th calendar day of the Fall and Spring semesters, and the 8th calendar day Summer semester.
  • When do I find out who I am working with during the semester as a master’s GA?
    Typically, you will find out your assignment a week before the semester begins. Keep in mind, you may put in a request to work with a specific instructor. It is not guaranteed you will be placed with them.
  • What will I be doing during the semester as a master’s GA?
    Most GA’s will be working in the tutoring center in STV 330. In addition, master’s GA’s may be running labs for undergraduate mathematics courses, assisting faculty members with teaching their courses, or assisting with various needs for the mathematics department.