Assistantships that I supervise

Dr. Michael A. Covington
Institute for Artificial Intelligence
The University of Georgia

About assistantships...

The University of Georgia provides financial support to many of its graduate students in the form of a 1/3-time (15-hour-per-week) job whose pay is just sufficient to cover a student's living expenses. These jobs are called assistantships.

The Institute for Artificial Intelligence supports many of its own graduate students (candidates for the M.S. in AI) and, in special cases, graduate students in related departments who are working closely with an AI faculty member on sponsored research.

To get an assistantship, you should apply for it when you apply for admission, and make sure that your application is on file and up to date with your department. You cannot get an assistantship if you have not applied for one.

In the AI M.S. program, all applicants are considered for practically all of the assistantships, whether or not they have contacted the professors in charge. In other degree programs, it may be a good idea to contact the professor with whom you want to work, but your primary point of contact should be your graduate coordinator.

Apply on time!

To be considered for an assistantship, your application should reach us by January 1 if you plan to arrive in August (Fall Semester).

We start awarding assistantships in mid to late January. We cannot consider you for an assistantship if we have already awarded it to someone else.

Teaching assistantships

There are no classroom teaching assistantships (TAships) associated with the AI M.S. program. There are teaching assistantships in various other programs, but I am not associated with them; see your graduate coordinator.

AI Lab technicians

The AI Lab technicians (typically a team of two or three) are chosen by a committee that considers all the applicants to the AI M.S. program.

Qualifications include prior experience with computer support (especially Windows Vista/7) and excellent communication skills. The job includes writing documentation as well as performing routine maintenance on computers.

Research assistantships

In recent years I have had externally funded research in computational psycholinguistics and in sentiment analysis.

Assistantships for these projects are for graduate students who are working closely with me on the specified research and are typically planning to write a tehsis in this area. Assistantships are awarded on the basis of specific qualifications. Each assistantship is awarded to the most qualified candidate, who is generally someone who has already come to my notice because of relevant experience.

My research assistants can come from other degree programs, not just the M.S. in AI.

When I choose research assistants, I'm looking for outstanding students, not average or mediocre ones. Specifically, I look for excellent academic performance, demonstrated ability to do research in the requisite areas, communication skills, and scholarly skills.

We do not have drudgework that can be assigned to minimally qualified people. Nor are we looking for computer programmers — all M.S. AI candidates know how to program in several languages.

I'm aware that a good candidate could appear from "out of the blue" at any time. If you have strong qualifications in the relevant research areas, please contact me.

Postdoctoral positions

There are no postdoctoral positions at the Institute for Artificial Intelligence.