The exercise science program normally carries eight graduate assistant positions each year. Graduate assistants are assigned responsibilities that may include teaching laboratory sections for exercise physiology or anatomical/mechanical kinesiology, teaching in the Health Promotion activities program, working with Northern Michigan University's adult fitness program (GETFIT), and/or assisting faculty with research.
Graduate assistants are typically assigned a semester workload equivalent to 16-20 hours per week and receive a stipend plus tuition waiver for 16 credits per year. Applicants interested in being considered for a graduate assistant award must meet the standards listed under admission requirements for regular admission. In addition, graduate assistant applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, provide a one-page personal statement, and provide an assessment of the ability to teach health promotion and physical activities, science laboratory sections, and perform in an exercise leadership role and/or research role.
Graduate assistants who are teaching courses must complete the GA teaching checklist, which provides a good understanding of a student's areas of interest and levels of competence for various health and fitness-related courses. Both the links for the checklist and graduate assistantship application are located below.