» Support for Graduate Research and Creative Activities

A key component of Chapman University's mission to provide personalized education is the many opportunities for students to undertake research and other creative projects, working closely with their professors. The availability of grants and assistantships as well as the research consulting and tutorial services of the Earl Babbie Center promote excellence in graduate student research at Chapman University.

+ - Upcoming Professional Development Events

The Office of Graduate Studies works with other campus units to provide information on upcoming professional development events of interest to graduate students. Registration may be required; please see each listing below for more information.

Rinker Health Science Research Day
Date & Time: April 6, 4-8pm
Location: 9401 Jeronimo Rd, Room 128, Irvine, CA 92618

Chapman University family and community are welcome to attend!

Program Highlights
- Showcase of student research and student-faculty collaborations
- Awards for outstanding research
- Prospective students interact with current students and faculty
- Research and clinical students highlighted
- Inter-professional interaction and socialization between programs

Programs Involved
- School of Pharmacy
- Doctor of Physical Therapy
- Masters of Science in Athletic Training
- Masters of Science in Communication
- Sciences and Disorders
- Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy

+ - Graduate Student Grants

In line with Chapman University's commitment to the scholarly and creative activities of its graduate students, Scholarly/Creative Activity Grants and Conference Travel Grants are offered to all current graduate students. Graduate Student Scholarly/Creative Activity Grants are intended to provide support for a variety of clearly defined scholarly or creative projects while Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants are intended to provide support for graduate students’ travel to give accepted presentations at conferences.

The Graduate Student Grants process is now managed by the Colleges for the students in their graduate programs. To apply for a Scholarly/Creative Activity Grant or Conference Travel Grant, or for more information about the Graduate Student Grant program, the expenditure of grant funds, and the submission of reimbursement requests please contact the following grants coordinators:

Argyros School of Business and Economics (ASBE)
Ms. Debra Gonda
(714) 997-6745

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences (CCHBS)
Dr. Michelle Cleary
(714) 628-2797

Dodge College of Film and Media Arts (DCFMA)
Ms. Marissa Maynor
(714) 714-5611

College of Educational Studies (CES)
Ms. Lanesha Kemp
(714) 744-2150

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences (WCAHSS)
Ms. Allison DeVries
(714) 997-6752

Schmid College of Science and Technology (SCST)
Computational and Data Science
Ms. Robin Pendergraft 
(714) 997-6993

Food Science and Nutrition
Ms. Robyne Kelly
(714) 289-2040

School of Pharmacy (CUSP)
Mrs. Sandra Robbie
(714) 516-5413

+ - Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistants are graduate students who provide assistance to faculty and staff in research and teaching. To the extent possible, graduate assistantships are also designed to further the graduate student’s own graduate career and development as a researcher, scholar, teacher, and professional.

Generally, there are two types of Graduate Assistantships awarded at Chapman University:

  • Research Assistants assist University faculty members with funded research.
  • Teaching Assistants assist University faculty members with various levels of teaching duties.

A limited number of research and teaching assistantships are available to graduate students. Graduate assistant positions are posted on the student employment website and in the academic department, or school as appropriate.

Assistantships are awarded by each program or college. The details of research assistantships can be obtained from the project director/principal investigator. The details of teaching assistantships can be obtained from department chairs or school deans.

The Chapman University Graduate Assistant Manual outlines the university's criteria for hiring graduate students as research or teaching assistants. Additionally, the manual outlines the expected workload for a graduate assistant, the levels of graduate assistantships, the compensation and tuition reduction that are offered to graduate assistants, and the process for resolving graduate assistant issues or complaints.

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