STEM Students FAQ


How do I get a TA or GRA position?

If you are interested in a TA position, you should be sure to enroll in EDC 398T as soon as possible. Contact Jim Maxwell, as well as the STEM Education program coordinator, with a resume highlighting your teaching experience to have your name added to a list of candidates for TA positions. For GRA positions, you should consult open positions listed with The University of Texas and contact faculty members whose research interests align with your own.

I’m employed by the university as a Teaching Assistant (TA), Assistant Instructor (AI), or Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) for at least 20 hours—what are my benefits?

Please see the TA, AI and GRA information page for benefits and direct further questions to Jim Maxwell, Excecutive Assistant. Jim can answer most HR and financial questions related to your appointment as a TA, AI, or GRA.


I’m graduating! What do I need to do?

To graduate you will need to contact Jeffrey Grimes, Graduate Coordinator, to open your application through UT Direct. After the application is open, you will complete your Program of Work and submit it to the faculty for approval. For more information about graduation including deadlines, visit the Graduate School website.

Registration & Enrollment

Where do I go for advising?

Catherine Riegle-Crumb is currently the STEM Education graduate advisor. She will advise incoming graduate students or refer them to a faculty member with related research interests. Once students have begun to work with a prospective supervisor, that faculty member will advise them.

What if I do not plan to enroll in classes in a particular semester?

Students in a degree program must be continuously enrolled, with the exception of summer semester. Students must formally request a leave of absence if they will not enroll in a given semester. Leaves will typically be granted in response to the first application but subsequent requests will be more strictly reviewed.

How do I take a class Credit/No Credit?

Students can change the grade status of a class to or from Credit/No Credit during regular online registration and the add-drop period up to the 4th official class day of a long semester. Beyond that it must be done via the departmental office using the appropriate Add/Drop Form (paper forms are also available in SZB 436). The final deadline for CR/NCR changes can be found in the UT academic calendars.

Note: Only 20% of your coursework may be CR/NCR.

How do I enroll in a restricted class?

If a course is restricted by the department or is full, you will need Instructor approval before you can register. This must be conveyed via email or paper form to Ann Ford in the Graduate Student Services office, SZB 436J, along with your EID and the unique number of the course. All Individual Instruction courses are restricted. To enroll in one of these, you must turn in the appropriate Individual Instruction Consent Form, signed by your supervisor, and register yourself for the course once the restriction is lifted.

Note: Restricted courses must be added by the department offering the course.

I missed a registration deadline—what do I do?

Check you Registration Information Sheet for your next online registration access period. If you have missed the last access period, you must file a Late Registration Form to register. Paper forms are also available in SZB 436. This form must be signed by your instructors, the graduate adviser and the graduate Dean (in MAI 101) and turned in to the Registrar’s office (MAI 1). Then you must confirm registration and pay any fees due. Contact Ann Ford for further questions about this process.

The new semester has just started. I checked my registration record, and all of my classes have disappeared. Registration is closed and I have no classes. What happened and what do I do?

If you miss the payment deadline or fail to confirm your registration the Registrar will automatically delete your classes. Even if you have a zero fee bill, you must confirm registration online. To re-register, you must complete the late registration process as outlined in the previous FAQ. Payment must be made along with any late fee by the 12th class day or you will be dropped again.

Program of Work - Doctoral

What steps do I go through in getting a Ph.D.?
How do I identify a dissertation supervisor?

Your dissertation supervisor (or co-supervisor) must be a member of the STEM Education Graduate Studies Committee. A list of members is available on the STEM website's GSC page. You can find out more about faculty research interests from their bios and recent publications. You should seek out a faculty member whose research interests align with yours and investigate the possibility of doing an independent study or directed research under her/his supervision.

Program of Work - Master's

What steps do I go through in getting a master's degree?

Scholarships, Grants, & Funding

I’m looking for scholarships, grants and other funding opportunities. Where can I find deadlines and requirements?

Stephen Flynn, Graduate Admissions Coordinator, can answer questions about grants, scholarships and funding opportunities.

Transfer Students

Can I transfer into the STEM Education Ph.D. program from a STEM Education master’s program?

To transfer from a STEM Education master’s program into the STEM Education Ph.D. program you must apply through the regular application process. Students in the STEM Education summer master’s program will need to retake the STEM Education core courses during the academic year.

How do I transfer into the STEM Education program from another graduate program?

Currently transfers within the graduate school require a paper application. You need to bring or email a CV, current transcript, and a statement of purpose to Stephen Flynn and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to him.