Bioengineering graduate students at the University of Utah are supported by graduate Research Fellowships through the College of Engineering, Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships or Extramural Fellowships.
Several outstanding Bioengineering students are supported each year by by the Campbell and Wayne Brown Fellowships, administered through the College of Engineering. These students are nominated by the Department Fellowships Committee based on information provided by accepted applicants.
A vast majority of graduate students in the Department of Bioengineering are supported as Research Assistants and receive tuition waivers through the University of Utah Tuition Benefit Program. These RA positions are supported by research grants/contracts and are offered by individual faculty members. The Department recommends a stipend of $24,250/yr for Ph.D. students (exceeds NIH Predoctoral level) plus additional compensation if needed to enroll in the Student Health Insurance benefit program. The Graduate Admissions Committee can assist students in the identification of potential faculty sponsors, but it is the ultimate responsibility of the student to secure the RA position, stipend and benefits. After acceptance to the Bioengineering Graduate Program, students are strongly encourage to arrange a visit to interview with potential faculty advisors to sponsor an RAship. Continuation of tuition waivers, stipend and increases are contingent upon continuous enrollment, rules of the University of Utah Graduate School, and satisfactory progress in the graduate program.
All Bioengineering graduate students are encouraged to gain teaching experience by working as teaching assistants. Those students who entered in Fall 2011 or later have to fulfill mandatory Bioengineering TA requirement. These mandatory TA positions require signing up for a total of 4 credit hours in TA Mentorship course (BIOEN 7880). Mandatory TA requirement can take place at a half TA load over two semester (2 credits for each semester and a time commitment of up to 10 hours/week), or at a full TA load (4 credits in one semester and a time commitment of up to 20 hours/week). TAships for other students may also be available at the discretion of Department Chair together with a tuition waiver through the University of Utah Tuition Benefit Program. More advanced graduate students interested in teaching are encouraged to apply to the Graduate School for a University of Utah Teaching Assistantship (UTA). The Center of Teaching and Leaning Excellence provides teaching assistant support including teaching workshops, TA orientations, and international TA programs.
All graduate students are strongly encouraged to carry health insurance. The University of Utah offers low-rate student health insurance, details available from the Graduate School.
Questions and/or concerns regarding stipends should be brought to the attention of the research advisor, Graduate Student Advisory Committee and/or the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, .