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M.A. & M.S. in Biology

Financial Aid

General questions about financial aid (grants and loans) should be directed to Graduate Admissions.

The Department of Biology also has limited financial aid for qualified students. The types of assistance available are listed below. Please contact Dr. Nicholas Santangelo if you are interested in being considered for any of the opportunities described below.

Dr. Nicholas Santangelo, Graduate Director
(516) 463-7394
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Hofstra University Graduate Scholarship: These scholarships help defray the costs of tuition and are applied directly to the student's account. Scholarships of $225 per credit hour and 125 per credit hour are awarded to registered students with cumulative graduate (or undergraduate if new student) GPA's of 3.7 or greater and 3.2 – 3.6, respectively. Click here for details. If you have questions contact the Graduate Director, Dr. Nicholas Santangelo via e-mail or phone: (516) 463-7394.

Donald Axinn Fellowship in Ecology and Conservation: Prospective or entering students to the Hofstra University Graduate Program in Biology as well as current students with a demonstrated interest in ecology and conservation with special application to the Long Island environment are encouraged to apply. The number and availability of fellowships is contingent on funds. We expect to award no more than three per academic year. Scholarships are awarded subsequent to each semester and are awarded solely for tuition based on number of credit hours for which student is enrolled (currently $250/credit hour). Click here for details. If you have questions contact the Graduate Director, Dr. Nicholas Santangelo via email or phone: (516) 463-6178.

Adjunct Instructor: Adjunct instructors teach the lab component of some of the introductory undergraduate courses. Generally, a student must have a high GPA and previous experience as a laboratory teaching assistant to be considered for an adjunct instructor position. Salary is determined by the number of semester hours of the lab section(s) taught (usually 2-6 s.h.). Please use the Department of Biology financial aid form to indicate your interest and mail to:
Dr. Peter Daniel, Chairperson
Department of Biology
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1140

Laboratory Teaching Assistant: These positions provide students with the opportunities to help with biology labs. An additional benefit is that teaching assistants get to know and work more closely with the faculty members in charge of the lab courses. Sample responsibilities include: making media and other solutions, organizing slides, helping students with microscope use, helping students identify structures on specimens, prepping bacterial culture plates, lab equipment setup, etc. The exact number of hours per week varies depending on the particular lab assignment, but is usually between 4 and 15 hours per week.

Biology Graduate Summer Fellowship: These fellowships allow students to work full time on their thesis projects during the summer. Students must fill out an application (obtained from the Biology Office, 130 Gittleson Bldg.) early in the Spring semester. The application must include a description of the work planned and a statement of how the opportunity to work full time on the thesis project will benefit the student's career goals. A faculty committee evaluates the applications. For the last two years, there were two students chosen for fellowships each summer. Contact your thesis advisor or the Graduate Director, Dr. Santangelo.