The Division of Biological Sciences offers practical teaching experience to UC San Diego students. Graduate students may participate as Graduate Instructional Apprentices or Teaching Assistants. Undergraduates may participate through experiences as an Undergraduate Instructional Apprentices (UGIA) and then as an Undergraduate Tutor. Under the mentorship and direction of the course instructor and the Faculty Advisor to Instructional Assistants, undergraduates receive an introduction to the pedagogy of teaching, along with supervised, applied experience in teaching science at the collegiate level. Graduate Instructional Apprentices and Teaching Assistants also benefit from mentorship and supervision in an applied practicum experience, while at the same time exploring more in-depth professional development and independent application of teaching and content development skills.
Information for TAs, Tutors, and UGIAs who are currently assigned is also available.
Excellence in Teaching Awards are presented annually to Instructional Assistants whose student and instructor evaluations reflect an exemplary level of performance as an Instructional Assistant. See a list of past recipients.