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Teaching Assistant Fellows
The WCSU Biology Teaching Assistant Fellows (TAF) program provides an alternative instructional construct for undergraduate biology courses. The program aims to provide graduate students enrolled in the MS in Integrative Biological Diversity program with opportunities to receive pedagogical and biological training and to build community within the department. Each fellow will assist with instruction of BIO100 Concepts of Biology laboratory for non-majors, with guidance and support from the TAF program coordinator (a designated biology faculty member who is also the Instructor of Record for the course). Fellows will be expected to:
Each TAF will receive $2,400 per section of BIO100 lab taught (up to $4800 per semester), per the graduate assistant university guidelines.
In addition to a stipend award, full-time graduate students (enrolled in nine credits or more per semester) have the following fees waived:
If you are interested in applying for the TAF program, complete the Graduate TAF Application and submit it to the Biology Graduate Program Chair, Dr. Pinou, at firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than March 15 (for Fall fellowships) or October 15 (for Spring fellowships).
TAF applications are due Mar 15 and Oct 15.
GA Assistantship applications are due Aug 1 and Dec 1.
SPRING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL AWARDS:
April 1: TAF and GA applications for Fall due to grad program chair. Suggest we revise to require a letter of rec for TAF applicants in addition to GA applicants for initial applications for these positions. Suggest that renewal applications do not require a letter of recommendation if applying within same 12 months.
April 1 -30: Grad program/TAF review and discussion of applications. Decide on awardees.
May 15 (or by last day of spring semester): Deadline by which we notify TAF/GA awardees of their fellowship opportunities (accepted or denied) with official letter or email (see TAF letter attached; suggest we consider modeling a similar GA letter after this?)
May 31: Due date for awardee students to submit commitment to accept or deny fellowship offer (Can be submitted by student via MS Forms)
June 30: Due date for grad program to notify Provost’s office about Fall GA and TAF awardees.
FALL APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING AWARDS:
August 21-25 (or week before classes begin): All fellows/GAs are required to be on campus for orientation/paperwork/training/etc.
Oct 1: TAF and GA applications for Spring due to grad program chair.
Oct 1-15: Grad program/TAF review and discussion of applications. Decide on awardees.
Nov 1: Deadline by which we notify TAF/GA awardees of their fellowship opportunities (accepted or denied) with official letter or email.
Nov 20: Due date for awardee students to submit commitment to accept or deny fellowship offer (Can be submitted by student via MS Forms).
Dec 1: Due date for grad program to notify Provost’s office about Spring GA and TAF awardees.