Graduate Student Assistantships

Teaching and Research Graduate Assistantships

Approximately 35 graduate teaching assistantships (TA) are available each year to qualified applicants. Research Assistantships are also offered, depending on external funding. Preference is given to assistantship applications submitted to the Department of Biological Sciences by March 1st. However, applications will be accepted any time for review.


The graduate assistant's duties will include teaching lower division biology laboratory sections, setting up instructional laboratories, assignment and examination grading and record keeping, as well as other related duties assigned by the department.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Acceptance into graduate degree program at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate courses in math, chemistry, biology and physics.
  • Qualifying English language test scores (if applicable).
  • Strong undergraduate background in Biology/Environmental Sciences.
  • Maintenance of at least 3.0 GPA in graduate classes.


  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and creatively
  • Biology/Environmental Science major

If an Assistantship is desired, please submit 1) cover letter (detailing how you meet the above qualifications); 2) a brief resume; 3) unofficial transcript; 4) names, addresses and phone numbers for three references to the Biology contact below; 5) a Graduate Assistantship Application. The materials submitted, along with the application for admission to the program, will be considered when determining Graduate Assistantship appointments. The assistantship application packet can be e-mailed to the Graduate Program Coordinator.

If you are a graduate student at MSU but are/will not be a MS Biology, Biology Education, or Environmental Science student, you must also submit an unofficial transcript with your Graduate Assistantship Application.

David Sharlin, Graduate Program Coordinator
Minnesota State University, Mankato
342 Trafton Science Center South
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-1085
TTY: 800-627-3529 or 711