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grant crunch and grad. students

Karen Wheless wheless at sunchem.chem.uga.edu
Sat Sep 7 18:26:55 EST 1996

When I first applied to grad school five years ago, the university 
assured me that only first year students acted as TA's.  In rare cases, 
you might teach (that is, babysit students during chemistry labs) for 
your second year, but in most cases you would quickly be swiched to 
research assistant status.  (If only I'd gotten it in writing...)  But 
since then most of us have seen our teaching load increase, not 
decrease.  This is due to lack of PI funding in part.  It's also because 
of increased undergrad enrollment, leading to a shortage of TA's.  I 
used to have 10-12 students per lab, now I have 25-30.  Unfortunately, 
the school's answer to this is to reduce TA responsibility by video 
taping pre-lab lectures and converting to fill-in-the-blank lab reports 
that are easy to grade.  So we can babysit more students, but have less 
experience to use for future jobs.

        Karen Wheless          wheless at sunchem.chem.uga.edu
   "A room without books is as a body without a soul"  Cicero

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