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Application for the Physics Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Program
The UTA program has two components:
1. A weekly seminar class (Wednesdays, 3-430 or 730-930 pm), "Phys 4484 Teaching and Learning Physics". This course will introduce concepts and techniques that you'll use in your classroom experience. This course is worth one credit.
2. "Phys 4485 Physics Teaching Experience", in which you will gain classroom experience in one of the Physics Department's introductory courses. You will spend two hours each week facilitating either cooperative learning sessions, labs or homework parties / study halls. You will partner in these activities with a graduate student teaching assistant. You'll also attend the weekly course staff meeting.
The total time commitment, including preparation, is approximately 7 hours per week. Each course counts as one credit and will appear on your transcript, but these credits do not count toward graduation requirements.
Please complete the following application and essay. If you need to stop, you can save your work and continue at a later time.
Your First Name
Your Last Name
Your Netid or Preferred Contact Email:
Your skype Name
Your Phone Number
Your Hometown (City, State, Country)
Arts and Sciences
Ag and Life Sciences
Your Major or Anticipated Major:
Your Academic Year
Your Current GPA
Your Primary Career Interest
Your Secondary Career Interest
Please provide your Physics courses grades to date. Indicate courses completed with final grade, and courses in progress with current estimated grade.
Cornell’s Undergraduate Teaching Assistant program is intended to give undergraduate science, mathematics and engineering majors who are interested in the possibility of teaching physics after Cornell an introduction to the intellectual and practical challenges of teaching and a chance to ‘test the waters’.
Please describe your interest in the UTA program below, in roughly one page. Consider the following points:
What is your level of interest in teaching after you have completed your degree?
What level physics / science / math / engineering would like to teach? (i.e. middle school, high school, community college, university)
When would you be most likely to teach? For example:
- immediately after graduating, before going on to graduate or professional school or taking a job in industry;
- after earning a Masters of Arts in Teaching, a Ph.D. in Science Education;
- after earning a or a Ph.D. in science or engineering;
- as a second career, after working for many years as a scientist or engineer.
What is there about your nature/personality and experience that makes you think you could be a good teacher?
You may want to compose your statement offline and then paste it into the space below.
Thank you for completing this application. You will be contacted at least two weeks prior to the start of class to set up an interview.
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