One of the graduate schools I got accepted to was Ohio State. I was just wondering what people's thoughts were on the quality of the school. Are there any current/previous OSU grad students here who are willing to share their opinions? Thanks!
They're not really sparse - they are just not sufficiently well advertised. But very few students start out on an RA. The typical route involves 1, 2 or 3 yrs of TA, followed by an RA for the remainder. Sometimes a group's grants may run dry for a while and you may have to go back to TA temporarily or might have to do a (1/2)RA+(1/2)TA. The department typically tries to put pressure on faculty to support students on RAs as much as possible, but there are some students here that have been on TA for 5+ years and have had to balance that with their research. That's not a good situation to be in.Thanks. If the RA positions are sparse, what do students usually do to get in with a group?
Sounds like a plan! Welcome!I was just hoping that, rather than washing dishes for four months, I could work part time with the department - keep myself clothed and fed while also familiarizing myself with the way things run before I actually start.