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

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  • 1. Teaching Assistants for Laboratory
    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.

  • 2. Research Assistants
    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.

  • 3. Supplemental Instructors
    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
    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.