Graduate students receiving GTAs are offered opportunities to work closely with one or several faculty members from the SOAN department. These positions include tasks such as tutoring or mentoring undergraduate students, teaching sections of courses, and providing other direct support to instructional activities. GTAs provide students with the experience necessary to become successful instructors through guidance and hands-on training.
Graduate students receiving GRAs are provided opportunities to work closely with faculty members in developing and producing research projects. In some cases, students may also have opportunities to pursue their own research interests. Depending on the needs of the department, experience gained may be relevant to writing grants, producing original research, and presenting research at conferences.
In recent years, some graduate students from SOAN have received financial assistance by working at research institutes on campus. Two common sources for this type of assistance are the Center for Social Science Research and the Institute for Immigration Research, although others may also be available.