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Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences _

Graduate Assistantships in Research and Teaching

A graduate assistant (GA) is a graduate student who is given financial support, either with tuition remission and/or a stipend, for work in the graduate program in Nutrition Sciences.  A teaching assistant (TA) is a GA whose work predominately involves an instructional assignment (usually grading for a course and teaching a small section of a course) in the Department.  Graduate students who hold assistantships benefit educationally and professionally. They gain expertise in their field and enhance their research and teaching skills.  Through their work, they acquire experience in leadership, interpersonal effectiveness, academic administrative experience, and enjoy collegial collaborations with advisors that may result in joint publications and other professional activities. Skills learned in assistantships prepare students not only for the academy, but also for corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations.  Assistantships also provide graduate students with the financial resources necessary to pursue their degrees. This financial support—stipend, tuition remission, and benefits—is part of the University’s commitment to the success of our graduate students.

The department will award assistantships to exemplary first year graduate students that meet the high end of the requirements for admission into the program: 3.0 GPA or higher, 300 GRE, 3.5 analytical writing score, and three letters of recommendations. This student should also have research and/or teaching experience. GA and TA recipients must register for at least 12 graduate credit hours for fall and spring semester of the year they are working. The GA will work with their advisor for 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters.  The TA will typically work with the course instructor for the Personal Nutrition course in the fall and spring semester.

 Athletics Graduate Assistantship

For students interested in pursuing a career in sports nutrition or working with athletics, the Department of Athletics and the MS in Nutrition Program support a Graduate Assistantship where the student will work jointly with a nutrition program faculty and a faculty over in the Department of Athletics.  This GA position will have the opportunity to provide nutrition education and other programming to NCAA elite athletes from UC.  Interested students should indicate their interest in working with athletes in their personal statement and preferable have some experience working with athletes on their resume.  Students should also demonstrate academic excellence and the other criteria indicated for Graduate Assistantship awards.  This GA has the opportunity to be renewed for a second year. 

Graduate Incentive Scholarships

These scholarships recognize the successes of our incoming graduate students in areas of academic achievement, writing skills, professionalism, and potential for leadership. The amount of the incentive scholarship will be decided by the graduate admissions committee.

Outstanding Student Scholarship

This award recognizes an exemplary graduate student for their (a) academic achievement, (b) critical thinking skills, (c) initiative and motivation, (d) professionalism, and (e) potential for leadership/success in the field of food and nutrition. This award is a $2000 scholarship awarded to two nutrition graduates in their second year.


  • Academic achievement
  • Graduate student cumulative GPA ≥3.75 and no grade lower than a B in any course
  • Excellence in
    • Written communication skills
    • Critical thinking skills (analytical skills/problem solving; conceptual skills)
    • Initiative and motivation
    • Professionalism
  • Potential for leadership/success in the field of food and nutrition

Nutrition Diversity Scholarship

  • The Nutrition Diversity Scholarship is awarded to a minority student interested in pursuing the MS in Nutritional Sciences degree full-time. The $1000 scholarship is renewable based on successful completion of the first year of coursework (3.0 GPA). For an application, contact: Professor Sarah Couch at

Contact Us

Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences
3202 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394

For Nutrition Science Programs:

Kimberly Maco, MS
Phone: 513-558-7503
Email: ​

​For Athletic Training, DPT, MOT, and Health Sciences Programs:

Ashley Sandburg
Phone: 513-558-7477

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