Informal Information for
those interested in Research Assistantship
in the LSDIS Lab
General information about the Department's Graduate Programs (PhD, MS,
MAMS) can be found at:
You may also send email for further information including applications
for admission and assistantships or the status of your application to:
Application forms for admission can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org or you can apply online at
always looking for highly qualified
students interested students wishing to
pursue Ph.D. We have funded between 4
to 10 RAs depending on the funding.
We get many enquiries from students interested in working as a
research assistant (RA) in the LSDIS lab. Here is some general
Generally, those interested in continuing for or joining for PhD may
get preference for RAships, but please do not overstate your intention to do a PhD just to
get an RAship-- being candid is very important if want to graduate
with faculty support behind you. Until you have taken advanced/subject
GRE in CS and get admitted to our PhD program, I can't take your interest
in pursuing PhD seriously.
My colleagues and I
generally do not to give RAship in the very first
quarter (and often in the first year)
at UGA.. Before getting a RAships, the
professor needs to be sure the student
is capable of carrying out research.
Students getting RAships usually have
taken a course under the LSDIS faculty
done a small project or independent
study and have attended at least a few
research project meeting.
I prefer that a student join our research group meetings for one
or two quarter and/or carry our a small project (perhaps as a
part of an individual study or in a class project in one of the
advanced courses we offer). During this time, s/he could
be a TA. This is the best way I can learn whether you are
capable of our very high expectations, and that you can learn.
Your true interest in the lab's research projects, and
your capability to take harder work commitments than usual is what is
perhaps required for a TAship. Besides TA and RAships, exceptional
students may be nominated by the department for prestigious
"University-wide assistantships" (UA), and a less qualified but
deserving students for fee-waiver-- in both cases (UA and waiver) the
decisions are taken by the graduate school. All alternatives
except for RAship are considered by a faculty committee when you fill
out a financial assistantship form. This is a very
informal description-- and certainly not an official position
of the university, department, or the lab. Please contact the
department for further information. Graduate coordinator can give you
- While you are a TA, you can complete the core courses that often
require a lot of your time, and hence leave a little energy and
time for you to contribute towards your RAship duties.
Note that RAships are made possible by sponsored research grants and
contracts that have deliverables to the sponsors. Sometimes, RAships
result in your taking more time to complete your thesis than might be
possible otherwise. This is because RAships in the lab almost always
involve conceptual, design, and (importantly) system development work.
Virtually all of our research involves substantial prototype software
system and application development. Good knowledge of and experience
in software development and a
commercial DBMS is usually required for a
majority of positions.
Some advantages of working in the lab include access to the faculty
members, and senior student colleagues, a vastly superior computing
environment (we usually use real products rather than free-ware),
working on the hottest technologies in the field of our research
(which can considerably add to your value) to a potential
employer), ability to learn in a team setting, and exposure to the
"real-world". Even with short experience, graduates from this lab are
in very high demand, with recruiters willing to visit us to interview
the students. Our recent graduates receive among the best financial
offers from some of the fastest moving companies. On the other hand,
RAship is certainly not the shortest path to obtaining a degree. To
get a student's perspective, send email to any of the RAs.
Finally note that it is not necessary to be a RA to work in the lab.
Most advantages of working the lab are still available to the
interested and qualified students. Only merit is the criteria-- not
the need, nationality, race, etc. etc.
You should request application and assistantship forms by following
the standard procedure involving sending request to the University's
Graduate School (as you would do when applying to most universities).
If your questions relate to administrative issues that the Graduate School
handles (e.g., whether you application is complete, whether GRE and
TOEFL scores have been received, etc.), you may consider communicating
directly with the Graduate School at email@example.com
Until you application is complete, the CS Department cannot take any
Make sure you use your ability to reach anyone of us by email sparingly,
as any perception of pestering would not
yield the effect you might desire.
Availability for assistantships depend on the available funds
which can change at any time.
April 21, 2003