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"Dr. Francisca Saavedra" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: BSCI UTA Program Fall 2014 (2)

Biological Sciences Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Fellows Program Fall

The Biological Sciences Program, within the College of Computer, Mathematical
and Natural Sciences, will employ Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs)
Fall 2014 in a program designed to develop teaching and communication skills,
organization ability, knowledge, and leadership. 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

UTA duties will include:
- Attend weekly prep meetings as scheduled by the lab or discussion
supervisor (see below for times)
- Attend lectures.
- Teach one lab or discussion section per week (except for BSCI207, see
- Adequately prepare for teaching the lab or discussion
- Grade papers & assignments as assigned by the lab or discussion supervisor,
or the faculty instructor
- Hold office hours as directed by the lab or discussion supervisor
- Help to proctor lecture exams as needed
- Be available one week prior to the beginning of classes for scheduled TA
- UTA’s who have not previously done so will register for and attend a
1-credit weekly seminar course on teaching skills and issues, BSCI279P, which
meets on Tuesday evenings

New UTAs must attend a lab safety training session prior to or during the
first week of classes. This work will require 10 - 15 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 May 3, 2014.

UTA positions will be awarded starting around June 1, 2014, and hiring will
continue throughout the summer 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
-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 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
-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:  Tues. 5 - 6 pm

The courses available for UTAs and the typical prep meeting times for each
course are listed below.  It is not assured that UTA applicants will be hired
for any particular course.  UTA positions will be filled based on staffing
needs and applicant backgrounds.

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 1:30 – 3:30pm

BSCI135 Amazing Green: Plants that Transformed the World I-Series.  An
interactive way to learn about plants and science, focusing on how plants
have changed human history, the biology of their growth, and the science
behind their use. Non-majors general education.
Prep meeting: Friday afternoon

BSCI189I Race, Genomics and Human Evolutionary History. Fundamental concepts
in chemical, cellular, genetic, molecular, & evolutionary biology required to
understand human biological diversity, its origins, & its implications for
concepts of "race," non- majors general education.
Prep meeting: Friday, time TBA

BSCI 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I. Anatomy and physiology of the
skeletal, muscular, neural, endocrine, and sensory systems.
Prep meetings: Friday 1 – 3pm

BSCI202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II. Anatomy and physiology of the
cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, digestive, urinary and reproductive
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 Friday 8-9am

BSCI330 Cell Biology and Physiology.
Prep meetings Friday 11am-3pm

Interested students fill out the application found here:

Questions?  Contact Dr. Francisca Saavedra,  [log in to unmask]

Contact Person: Dr. Francisca Saavedra
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