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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistants (GAs) are, first and foremost, graduate students pursuing an education. The opportunity to work closely with faculty members and undergraduate students in teaching, research, or administrative environments is an integral part of that education.

Graduate students who hold assistantships benefit educationally and professionally. They gain further expertise in their field; enhance their research skills and develop pedagogical skills; acquire experience in leadership, interpersonal effectiveness, and performance evaluation; acquire 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 four exemplary first year graduate student that meet the high end of the requirements to get into the program: 3.0 GPA or higher, 300 GRE, and three letters of recommendations. This student should also have research and/or teaching experience.

Graduate Assistantship (GA) 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.

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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