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Graduate Students

Teaching Assistantships (TA)

The typical first appointment for a beginning graduate student is a Teaching Assistantship. A teaching assistantship is both a teaching position and a means of support for graduate study. It is normally advantageous for a graduate student to hold a teaching assistantship for at least a semester during graduate studies, since the teaching activity solidifies and deepens the teaching assistant's undergraduate education in physics and also helps prepare for a possible career in teaching.

Teaching assistants and project assistants with combined graduate assistant appointments of one-third time or greater receive a remission of all in-state and out-of-state fees, except for the segregated fees ($365.04 per semester for full time students in the 2006-07 year.) Tuition is also waived.

TA full-time rates for the 2006-07 academic year (nine months) compensation for a half-time inexperienced teaching assistant is $12,673.52, with students receiving $6,305.26 in the fall semester and $6,368.26 in the spring semester. Experienced TAs earn more.

Thus, for a typical 50% time appointment, a regular teaching assistant will earn $12,673.52 (September through May based on 2006-07 TA rate.) TA rates for 2007-08 have not yet been determined.

The rates above will remain in effect until the new contract is negotiated. When the rates are changed, they will be posted here. If you wish to learn more about the UW-Madison Teaching Assistants Association (TAA) you can visit their home page at

See TA Details for additional information on the appointment responsibilities and evaluation process of teaching assistants.

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Questions? Contact Jim Reardon.


Last updated: 2/17/2007
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