There are four main sources of on-campus jobs in the Chemistry Department
1. Undergraduate Teaching Assistants for Laboratory
2. Research Assistants
3. Supplemental Instructors
4. Workshop Peer Leaders
We are now accepting applications for Spring 2018!
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1. Teaching Assistants for Laboratory
Teaching Assistants are upper level students who assist faculty members in teaching laboratories. Duties performed by teaching assistants, under the supervision and direction of a designated member of the faculty, include assistance in laboratories.
Minimum Qualifications for the Chemistry Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship:
- Successful completion (a grade of B or higher preferably) of the chemistry course(s) which are appropriate to your assignment as an assistant
- Satisfactory evaluations in any previous position as a departmental assistant
- Satisfactory progress toward a degree
Note: Preference will be given to chemistry majors, chemistry minors, and students with prior experience as a laboratory assistant.
The chemistry undergraduate teaching assistantship duties:
- Read and prepare for each weekly laboratory experiment
- Supervise one (or more) two hour laboratory period each week. This means circulating throughout the lab section visually monitoring student performances and answering any questions or guide the students in determining the answers.
- Grade laboratory reports for all students enrolled in the assigned section.
- Enforce all safety regulations.
- Ensure that all laboratory materials are returned to the cart at the end of the lab an the lab area is clean.
- Perform any additional duties specified by the professor.
Why be a TA?
1. It’s a paid position
2. Opens doors to getting to know professors when you need Letter of Recommendation and becoming a research assistant.
3. Experience – looks good on a resume
4. Improve your knowledge.
5. The feeling of extreme satisfaction of giving back to your academic community.
6. Outstanding TAs are recognized in Spring and awarded a prize.
2. Research Assistants
Research assistants have a great deal of responsibility and are assigned to work in a faculty member's lab. Duties of research assistants vary by discipline and lab but include all tasks needed to pursue research in a given area, such as: designing experiments; data collection, entry, and analysis; reviewing the literature and other library work; writing reports; organizing and/or cleaning the lab or office. Working as a research assistant allows work alongside career scientists and a first-hand experience about the nature of the scientific enterprise. Check with faculty for opportunities available through the Student Research Assistant Program (SRAP) and other externally funded grants.
Undergraduate research assistants work for pay, as volunteers, or for course credit.
Benefits of student research
- “specific skills,” including developing research ideas, conducting literature searches, analyzing data, using statistical procedures, preparing conference presentations and improving writing ability.
- “interpersonal goals.” These entail influencing decisions about employment or graduate school, enhancing teamwork, forming relationships for letters of recommendation and developing leadership.
3. Supplemental Instructors
Supplemental Instructors participate in an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. Duties of supplemental instructors include attending all class lectures, taking notes, and acting as model student so that they can themselves facilitate regularly-scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. Check with the Center for Academic Success, Mathematics and Physics departments for available supplemental instructor positions.
4. Workshop (Peer) leaders
Workshop or peer leaders are upper classmen who facilitate weekly active learning in a small group setting. In addition to solidifying their own knowledge via helping other students learn, peer leaders also develop leadership and communication skills; learn to explain new concepts in many ways; adapt to different personalities in a positive way; and work effectively in a group. Chemistry workshop leaders meet weekly with a group of twelve to sixteen students enrolled in a designated workshop course. The leader’s primary responsibility is to guide the group actively and engage in the subject material.
The chemistry workshop peer leader's duties:
- Read and prepare for each weekly leaders meetings
- Show up prepared (familiar with content material and planned strategies) for each workshop session
- Conduct workshop sessions over scheduled material
- Maintain accurate attendance, participation, attitude, and summary quiz records for each workshop session
- Turn in workshop reports promptly
- Arrange for workshop substitutes if unable to lead the assigned workshop
- Act as coach and cheerleader as group is molded into problem solving team
- Maintains a healthy group dynamics and productive group discussion
- Check email and telephone messages at least once in each 24-hour period
- Perform any additional duties specified by the workshop supervisor
Minimum Qualifications for a Chemistry Workshop Peer Leader:
- Successful applicant must have completed CHEM course for which leadership is sought (or equivalent), with grade of B or better.
- Must be able to work effectively with other students.
- Be committed to the workshop program
- Maintain high ethical and professional standards.
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills to work cooperatively.
- Ability to maintain focus for 1.5-2 hours duration of meetings.
Why be a Workshop Leader?
1. It's a paid position. Instead of having an off-campus job of flipping burgers or waiting tables, you can stay on-campus and work. The commute to work and back is minimized and you have more time to do other things.
2. It refreshes your knowledge of chemistry. If you are majoring in chemistry, biology, or nursing and wish to pursue graduate or nursing school, you will need to make a high score on the PCAT, MCAT, GRE, nursing exam, etc.
3. Establish a closer relationship with faculty and staff, which can lead to stronger letters of recommendations. So instead of not remembering your name in a class, just a grade, you can have a faculty member write a solid letter.
4. It looks good on your resume.
5. You can receive academic credit. A leadership course called XIDS2002: What do you know about leadership covers area B-2 of the core curriculum (everyone has to take an area B-2 course).
6. Gain experience working as a team and leader groups. No matter what career you obtain, you will need to work with a group of individuals. We teach you on how to deal with certain personalities and how to properly handle conflict in the workplace.
7. You become a leader. Those that have went to graduate school come back and tell me how the other graduate students keep asking them how they remember so much general chemistry. They also have student go to them for help and receive some of the top positions in working for faculty in research, graduate assistants, etc.
8. Meet new people, make new friends, and add to the PLTL “family.” Many of the leaders tell me, including myself, “I would have never become friends with some of these people if it wasn’t for workshop.”
9. We have fun and we will make your college experience unforgettable!