The Department typically offers financial support to all students accepted into the Ph.D. program. Teaching assistantships and research assistantships are available, and most new doctoral students begin as teaching assistants. The duties associated with a teaching assistantship vary and may include instruction of undergraduate laboratories, grading, and laboratory experiment preparation. Research assistantships are offered by many faculty members and are available to continuing doctoral students. The department also usually has fellowships available through the Louisiana State Board of Regents. All financial support of graduate students is contingent upon available funding.