All CBB PhD students are required to serve as teaching assistants in two semester-long courses during their training period. Appointments as a teaching assistant counts for a portion of the normal stipend for the appropriate term. Teaching provides the student the opportunity to develop teaching skills under the guidance of faculty. Attendance at all classes and discussion sessions is essential. On average, PhD students should expect to spend no more than 10 hours per week on teaching and assignments. TA’s and faculty should remain clear on what is expected of their assignment. TA’s are normally expected to grade exams. It is imperative that TA’s remain aware of exam deadlines and make arrangements with faculty in case there should be any conflicts.
As an interdepartmental program, CBB allows teaching assignments in a number of departments. The CBB Registrar maintains a list of all the courses in which CBB students have been TAs. This is a useful starting point for finding a TA. In June of each year, a list of available TA opportunities in the fall and spring semesters within the BBS departments is emailed to all CBB students. Students who wish to teach in the following academic year should fill out the form indicating which courses they would like to TA in and return the form to the CBB Registrar. She, in turn, forwards each student’s request to the registrar of the appropriate department, where the TA selection is made. The forms should be returned as quickly as possible as class requests fill up quickly. Students should consider contacting faculty well in advance of the selection notice to convey their interest in assisting in specific courses.
If students are interested in teaching outside BBS, e.g., Computer Science, Bioengineering, Statistics, etc. they should contact the registrar within each program. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a listing of contacts.
Among the courses in which CBB students have been TAs are the following:
- MATH 215b Introduction to Management Science: Probabilistic Models
- CBB 752a Genomics and Bioinformatics
- CBB 750b Core Topics in Biomedical Informatics
- MCDB 200b Molecular Biology
- STAT 538a Probability and Statistics for Scientists
- CBB 645b Statistical Methods in Genetics and Bioinformatics
- STAT 660b Multivariate Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences