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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 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 courses and submit an application by the required deadline.

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 preparation for the class they are serving in and professional development centered on topics such as facilitating discussion, questioning techniques, communication skills, ethics, and leadership.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Stacy Sparks at ssparks@utexas.edu.  Application details are below.

Application procedures

Potential Learning Assistants should:

  1. Have room in their schedule for CH372C. This course will be held either MW 12-1 or TT 2-3 - the schedule is not yet finalized. If your ability to take the course is dependent on which time the course is offered, you are welcome to apply and then, if admitted to the program, accept your space only if the scheduling works with your other courses. (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 PLA application via this Qualtrics link:  https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0HQOIvWEYvLZS3b
  4. Submit a letter of recommendation from a professor, employer, or volunteer coordinator who can speak to your academic abilities and/or your communication and teaching skills.   Letter writers should email their letters to w6a8oh0j3f2tlgyc@u.box.com, which will upload them directly to our UTBox application folder.

THE APPLICATION WINDOW FOR THE FALL 2019 PROGRAM OPENS APRIL 8, 2019.  APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS UNTIL ALL POSITIONS ARE FILLED.  IT IS RECOMMENDED YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS BY APRIL 17TH.