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"Marcia A. Shofner" <[log in to unmask]>
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Undergraduate Teaching Fellows Program Application- Due by April 29th
Chemical and Life Sciences Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Fellows Program- Fall 2011

Chemical and Life Sciences within the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences will employ Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs) in a program designed to develop teaching and communication skills, organization ability, knowledge, and leadership.  Each UTA Fellow will teach one laboratory or one discussion section per week.  In addition UTA Fellows be registered for and attend a weekly seminar in which teaching, organization, and leadership skills will be the topic of conversation.  The seminar is BSCI 279P, which is 1 elective credit.  Each UTA will be supervised by the lab or discussion coordinator for the course they are assigned to and will be required to perform the duties typically expected of a teaching assistant.  The duties will include:
-Attend weekly prep meetings as scheduled by the lab or discussion supervisor
- Attend lectures. 
-Teach one lab or discussion section per week
-Adequately prepare for teaching the lab or discussion
-Grade papers & assignments as assigned by the lab or discussion supervisor
-Hold office hours as directed by the lab or discussion supervisor
-Help to proctor lecture exams as needed
-Register for and attend a 1-credit weekly seminar course on teaching skills and issues
-Be available one week prior to the beginning of classes for scheduled TA meetings
-New UTAs must attend a lab safety training session prior to or during the first week of classes
This work will require 10 hours per week, depending on the course requirements.  The stipend is $1500.00 for the semester, paid in an hourly wage.  Undergraduate students will be hired for only one UTA position in any given semester, but will be allowed to apply for a position in a later semester, assuming their performance is satisfactory.

Interested students fill out the application found here:

UTA applications are due no later than April 29, 2011.

UTA positions will be awarded starting May 20, 2011 and hiring will continue until all positions are filled.  
Minimum application requirements:
-junior or senior standing
-overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
-have taken the course they wish to TA at UMCP and earned a grade of B or higher.
-Students with AP credit for a course will have completed the next higher level course with a grade of B or higher
-For the non-majors courses BSCI103 and BSCI125 a UTA will have earned a grade of B or higher in either BSCI105 or BSCI06, taken at UMCP.
-sufficient time free for the UTA position . 
-At least one four hour block of time available to teach a 2 or 3 hour lab or discussion
-Time free to attend lectures for course 
-Time free to attend prep meeting.  Prep meeting times are provided below. 
-Time to attend the 1-hour per week teaching skills seminar course:
-The teaching seminar course will be held two different times:  Tues. 5 – 6 pm and  Wed.   8 – 9 am
The courses available for UTAs and the typical prep meeting times for each course are listed below.  It is not assured that UTAs will be hired for any particular course.  UTA positions will be filled based on staffing needs and applicant backgrounds.
BSCI189I- Race, Genomics and Human Evolutionary History;  (4 credits. Fundamental concepts in chemical, cellular, genetic, molecular, & evolutionary biology required to understand genetic diversity, its origins, & its consequence.  Woven into the course will be discussions of the historical & cultural meanings of “race,” & how they do or do not relate to the new genomic understanding of human genetic relationships. For non-science majors general education credit.
            Prep meeting: Thursday 8 – 10am
BSCI105 Principles of Biology I; Basic principles of biology with special emphasis on cellular and molecular biology.  
            Prep meetings:  Friday 2 – 5pm
BSCI106 Principles of Biology II; Basic principles of biology with special emphasis on ecology, evolution, and animal behavior. 
            Prep meeting:  Friday 2 – 5pm
BSCI125 Plant Biology Laboratory;  For non-science majors only.  An introduction to the biology of plants with emphasis on the processes by which plants function, the diversity of plants, and the importance of plants to humans. 
            Prep meetings TBA
BSCI 201-Human Anatomy and Physiology I;  Anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, neural, endocrine, and sensory systems. 
	Prep meetings: TBD
BSCI202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II. Anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems.  
	Prep meetings:  Thursday 2 - 4pm
BSCI207 Principles of Biology III;  The diversity, structure and function of organisms as understood from the perspective of their common physicochemical principles and unique evolutionary histories.
            Prep meeting time TBA
BSCI222 Principles of Genetics; Principles and mechanisms of heredity and gene expression.
            Prep meetings TBA
CHEM132 General Chemistry I Laboratory;  Introduction to the quanitification of chemical substances, including the concept of the mole and chemical stoichiometry. Additional work involves the synthesis of ionic substances and their qualitative characterization.
            Prep meetings:  usually – but not always – mid day on Friday
CHEM147 Principles of Chemistry Laboratory. Introduction to the synthesis and characterization of inorganic substances.
            Prep meetings:  TBA
CHEM232 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I; Provides experience in developing some basic laboratory techniques, recrystallizaton, distillation, extraction, chromatography.
Prep meetings:  Friday 9 – 10am
CHEM242 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II; Synthetic organic chemistry through functional group manipulation, introduction to instrumentation essential to analysis and structure elucidation.
Prep meetings: Friday 9 – 10am
CHEM272 General Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratory;  An introduction to analytical chemistry with an emphasis on bio-analytical instrumentation and techniques.
            Prep meeting:  Wednesday 6 – 8pm

Interested students fill out the application found here:
Questions?  Contact Dr. Marcia Shofner:  [log in to unmask]