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Information about the program

Undergraduate students can apply to be a Learning Assistant in CH301, CH302, CH304K, CH305, or organic chemistry. Students that succeed in the program have a good general knowledge of chemistry concepts and are comfortable approaching and talking to other students. To be considered for a position in the program, potential learning assistants will need to have good grades in their own general chemistry or organic chemistry courses and submit an application by the required deadline.  All learning assistants must have completed both CH301 and CH302.   Organic chemistry LAs must have also completed both semesters of Ochem.

Learning assistants serve in our classrooms, assisting students with the concepts and course material. They also register for CH372C and attend those class meetings. CH372C class meetings focus on content preparation for the classes the LAs are serving in and professional development centered on topics such as facilitating discussion, questioning techniques, communication skills, ethics, and leadership.

The LA program is an unpaid experiential learning opportunity for students who are interested in strengthening their chemistry content knowledge and their communication, teaching, and leadership skills.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact Dr. Stacy Sparks at ssparks@mail.utexas.edu.  Application details are below.

Application procedures for Fall 2020

Potential Learning Assistants should:

  1. Have room in their schedule for CH372C. This course will be held MW 2-3.  We will register you for the course upon acceptance to the program.
  2. Have time in their schedule for the CH372C coursework and 3 hours per week to serve as part of the teaching team in one of our general or organic chemistry courses. 
  3. Submit the LA application via this Qualtrics link:  https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8p66XtbKlXAUSnr
  4. We will request a letter of recommendation from your current CH301/CH302/Ochem professor. You do not need to request a recommendation letter.  If you are not currently in a UT chemistry course, you will be contacted after submitting your application about how to submit a letter of recommendation.

Deadline for application for the Fall 2020 LA program is Monday, April 20th, 2020.