Work Environment

Resources

  • Afford your education with Financial Aid
  • Network with other students to create a safer, healthier world
  • Service projects and internship opportunities

Afford Your Education with Financial Aid  

Teaching and research assistantships are open to all graduate students who register for full time study (at least nine credits). Assignments may be either full time (18 hours per week) or half time (nine hours per week). Appointments may be for one or two semesters.
 
Description of Positions
Teaching Assistant:  Position can involve a variety of different tasks, depending on the faculty member's needs, the course demands and the student's skills. Teaching is not typically the focus of these positions. The majority of one's time is spent assisting the professor with classroom responsibilities, including grading homework assignments, running laboratories and "help sessions," and proctoring examinations.

Research Assistant: Positions involve working with an individual faculty member towards the goals of a specific research project, usually funded by an external grant or contract. These positions are available through the faculty members and vary from year to year according to the external support awarded.

NIOSH Traineeships:  The Department receives funds from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for traineeships. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible. 

Awards
Financial awards and assistantships are generally assigned in June for the following academic year. In general, students are selected for positions based on their qualifications, including courses taken, grades obtained and specific research interests. Additional awards are sometimes made later in the summer.  

How to Apply
To apply: Contact our department administrator, Sokny Long, for an application form.  

Application Deadline: Students interested in support should submit the application no later than April 15 (of every year). 

For other sources of financial aid, please visit the Financial Aid Office.

Network with other students to create a safer, healthier world.
 

Work Environment Student Association
The mission of the Work Environment Student Association (WESA) is to enhance the academic, social, and professional development of graduate students in the Department of Work Environment. The goal is to promote better communication among graduate students within the Department of Work Environment and with other groups within the University. It is important that WESA promotes understanding and discussion among Department Graduate Students, faculty in the Department, and individuals, parties, and organizations outside the Department with interests and goals similar to those of WESA, e.g., researchers, employers, worker organizations, labor, government agencies, and others.

WESA meets periodically as needed. It strives to improve relations between faculty and students and to improve the classroom experience for students. For several years, it has presented an award to a faculty member for outstanding teaching. For more information about WESA or how you can join, please contact WESA president Amanda Murray and Laura Vaughn.

American Society of Safety Engineers Student Chapter
Founded in 1911, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Today, ASSE represents more than 34,000 safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals who work across all industries around the world protecting people, improving business and safeguarding the environment. Through their efforts, ASSE members help employees stay safe, healthy and productive, which delivers positive bottom-line results to employers and helps enhance corporate image.  

Harvard-Lowell Industrial Hygiene Student Association
The Harvard-Lowell Industrial Hygiene Student Association, which is the student chapter of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, was formed in September 1993 to assist students in their professional development and to provide opportunities for social interaction. In addition to developing relationships with Harvard and UMass Lowell faculty and students, HLIHSA students members qualify for reduced fees at the New England Section of AIHA events. The Faculty Advisors are Drs. Margaret Quinn and Susan Woskie. 

UMass Lowell Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Student Chapter
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is an interdisciplinary, non-profit organization of professional people and students. These individuals share an interest in the design of interactive systems between people, machines and environments to ensure their effectiveness, safety and ease of performance. The society encourages education and training for those entering the human factors or ergonomics profession and for those who conceive, design, develop, manufacture, test, manage and participate in systems which contribute to overall human well-being. More than 75 human factors and ergonomics student programs have been organized in universities and colleges in the  U.S., and thousands of positions, created in industry, business, service, government and education.

For more information about Humane Factors Chapter or how you can join, please contact club president Luz Marin.