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FAMU's Grad Students Object To Dwindling Assistantships

Aurellia Whitmore
Nick Evans

Florida A&M’s grad students are pressing the Board of Trustees to protect paid assistantships.

At Florida A&M money is tight, and the school’s graduate students are complaining the burden is falling too heavily on their backs.  Pharmacy* doctoral student AurelliaWhitmore says disappearing assistantships could keep interested students away.

“Future students or interested students will hear about the misconceptions of assistantships and have false hopes given and choose not to attend FAMU,” Whitmore says.  “FAMU may face losing entire cohorts if these issues aren’t handled properly.”

Whitmore and other students spoke before the board of trustees Wednesday. 

Correction: an earlier version of this story referred to Whitmore as a nursing student.  She's focusing on cancer research in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.