The Psychology Department provides financial support for at least six years to all continuing students who are "in good standing," even though students often complete the doctoral degree in 4-5 years. Students are in good standing when they are making adequate progress toward their doctoral degrees as determined by the Division in which they are enrolled. This support is typically in the form of an academic year (9-month) 50%-time research or teaching assistantship, traineeship, or fellowship. Students receive a stipend for the nine-month appointment, and tuition and service fee waiver.
If students are interested in obtaining additional aid, more information is available on the Office of Student Financial Aid Website.
Additional Information for International Applicants
Even with the financial support offered by the department, it has been determined insufficient to cover what is needed per INS regulations. At current rates, the department support guarantee is $3,000 short of the funds required. International applicants are required to complete the financial certification section2 of the application before an offer of admission can be extended. Applicants may elect to complete this section and upload documentation at the time of application, or wait until the review process has been completed.
Suvarna is supervised by Dr. Nicole Allen and studies violence against women (VAW) in India and the community response to violence. Her most recent study examined the formal response to VAW in India through interviews with key community stakeholders.These included formal responders like police officers, NGO workers, lawyers and government officials, aiming to examine the current status of coordinated response in India. She is currently studying women’s experiences of sexual harassment in public spaces and bystander efforts in India. She is also part of a collaborative effort (which includes multiple campus units including the Women's Resource Center, the Office of the Dean of Students, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Access) to implement ICARE, a bystander intervention program to prevent sexual assault on campus. She is leading the evaluation component of this program. At present, she is the project coordinator and instructor for a community-based advocacy program for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault where she trains and supervises undergraduate student advocates.
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