The academic teaching requirement for completion of the UCSD Ph.D. in Chemistry & Biochemistry is four quarters. Exceptions to the teaching requirement and policies require prior Graduate Affairs approval.
PhD students typically TA in a variety of courses, including at least two laboratory courses.
Apply for courses you are qualified to TA: Choose courses for your preference in areas in which you are proficient, demonstrated by having completed equivalent course(s) with a grade of A- or better or, if applicable, passing the ACS Exam in that subject area.
M.S. students often request to TA as a means of financial support. Masters students typically TA laboratory courses.
When applying, select courses you are qualified to TA: You should have completed two or more quarters of relevant upper-division work with a grade of A- or higher or completed one or more quarters of relevant graduate courses with a grade of B+ or higher or passed the ACS Written Exam in the relevant area.
For academic year TA employment in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, a student must be registered full-time (12 units or more).
A graduate student must be in good academic standing, i.e.,
Must not have more than a total of eight units of F and/or U grades overall
A graduate student must be within the departmental time limits:
Ph.D. Degree Aim: A doctoral student must advance to candidacy by the Pre-candidacy Time Limit (PCTL) and also be within the Support Time Limit (SUTL) to remain eligible for campus employment. In addition, no one may be employed as a teaching assistant for more than 18 quarters.
M.S. Degree Aim: Eligible for up to 7 quarters of employment.
An international graduate student whose native language is not English or who has serious pronunciation problems may not serve as a TA until s/he has passed the oral English Language Certification Exam.
Students enroll in Chemistry 500 (4 units) every quarter they TA. The first quarter in which students TA in the Department, they must also enroll in Chemistry 509 (2 units), a weekly Teaching Apprentice Training Seminar (see Schedule of Classes). At the seminar, they will receive a Teaching Apprentice Handbook.
A teaching assistant (TA) assists in the instruction of an upper or lower division course at the University under the supervision of a faculty member. The TA primarily assists the faculty member in charge of the course by conducting discussion or laboratory sections that supplement faculty lectures and by grading assignments and examinations.
Expectations for Satisfactory Performance. At the first instructor-TA meeting for the course (attendance mandatory), instructors will outline the actual TA duties for their course. More information about responsibilities are covered in CHEM 509 (Teaching Methods in Chemistry). However, duties typically required of all TAs are:
Performance Evaluations and Standards. TAs are evaluated by the instructor of the course and by the students they teach. TAs can access their evaluations at http://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/Modules/Evals. More information on performance standards is provided at the TA Training Seminar affiliated with Chemistry 509.
A typical TA assignment with the department is a 42% appointment, or a total workload of 184 hours over 12 weeks. Most of these hours are accrued in the 10-week quarter and finals week (see Schedule of Classes). Depending on the needs of a specific course, instructors will inform TAs of the need to work hours in the pre-quarter week.
Graduate students with academic appointments totaling 25% time or more are entitled to Tuition and Student Services Fee Remission and Graduate Student Health Insurance Remission, which is applied once an assignment is accepted.
This includes coverage of all Resident fees with the exception of $263.59, which will be billed as normal (for MS students). (For MS, Non-Residents will also be billed for the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition, which is $5,034/quarter)
Optionally, students may submit the Fee Deferrment Form to have the fee balance ($263.59) automatically deducted from their TA salary in two installments. For more information, please review the form here: Fee Deferment Form
Outstanding TAs are recognized quarterly and are awarded a $200 monetary prize. Past winners are featured here.
Please use the links below to view the full description of duties for each course.
|CHEM 6A (Schimpf)||CHEM 12 (Hoeger)||CHEM 131 (Weare)|
|CHEM 6A (Zid)||CHEM 100A (Tauber)||CHEM 140A (Bertrand)|
|CHEM 6B (Berniolles)||CHEM 100B (Pomeroy)||CHEM 140A (Gianneschi)|
|CHEM 6B (Bussey)||CHEM 105A (Crowell)||CHEM 140B (Albizati)|
|CHEM 6B (Crowell)||CHEM 109 (Johnson)||CHEM 140B (Hoeger)|
|CHEM 6B (Johnson)||CHEM 114A (Muller)||CHEM 140B (Ternansky)|
|CHEM 6B (Kummel)||CHEM 114B (Komives)||CHEM 140BH (Weizman)|
|CHEM 6B (Lam)||CHEM 118 (Amaro)||CHEM 140C (Godula)|
|CHEM 6BH (Paesani)||CHEM 120A (Figueroa)||CHEM 143A (Weizman)|
|CHEM 6C (Brydges)||CHEM 120B (Sailor)||CHEM 143B (Ternansky)|