Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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employment

Student Employment 

Frequently Asked Questions
 
What is a GTA?

A GTA or a graduate teaching assistant teaches labs and work closely with the coordinator of the labs on assigned tasks. This work may include conducting discussion groups; supervising laboratory periods, workshops and/or course related activities; performing demonstrations, keeping office hours, assisting with conducting research, assisting with evaluating work and examinations, preparing course materials and other duties as assigned.

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What is a GA?

A GA or a graduate assistant works directly with a faculty or a lecturer and assist him/her with professional and technical duties associated with areas of graduate coursework or study. This work may include conducting discussion groups; supervising laboratory periods, workshops and/or course related activities; performing demonstrations, keeping office hours, assisting with conducting research, assisting with evaluating work and examinations, preparing course materials and other duties as assigned.

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What is a Student Assistant?

A Student Assistant is an undergraduate or graduate student who is employed by the University. This is usually a part-time job that will allow you to work no more than 20 hours per week. To be qualified as a student assistant, you must be a current student who is enrolling in classes and meet all other criteria set by the University.

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What is a Work Study?

A Work study is a current undergraduate/graduate student who qualifies for financial aid and are authorized to work in the University. Like student assistant, a work study is usually a part-timer who works no more than 20 hours per week. To find out if you are a qualified work study, contact the Financial Aid office at http://www.sfsu.edu/~finaid/

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What is a Lecturer?

A lecturer is an instructor hire by the department office to teach classes. A lecturer is considered a temporary employee. To learn more about a lecturer, visit http://www.sfsu.edu/~hrwww/fac_personnel/fac_personnel.html

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How do I become a grader, student assistant, or work study?

As a condition of employment, you must meet the following criteria: (a) You must be currently a classified or conditionally classified graduate student at SFSU; (b) You must have a cumulative post-baccalaureate grade point average at SFSU through the last term of enrollment of 3.0 (B) or better; (c) During the term of this appointment, you will be enrolled in a minimum of 3 units of course work applicable to your master’s degree or registered in a 898 cumulative experience course (or completing work begun in a 898 culminating experience course the previous semester); (d) You will not be enrolled in any course associated with your work assignment.

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How do I become a GTA/GA?

As a condition of employment, you must meet the following criteria: (a) You must be currently a classified or conditionally classified graduate student at SFSU; (b) You must have a cumulative post-baccalaureate grade point average at SFSU through the last term of enrollment of 3.0 (B) or better; (c) During the term of this appointment, you will be enrolled in a minimum of 3 units of course work applicable to your master’s degree or registered in a 898 cumulative experience course (or completing work begun in a 898 culminating experience course the previous semester) (d) You will not be enrolled in any course associated with your work assignment.

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How do I become a lecturer?
Becoming a lecturer depends on your qualification and the position availability. Send your inquiry to the department chair, Dr. Jane DeWitt,
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How do I get work study?

You need to contact the Financial Aid’s office: http://www.sfsu.edu/~finaid/

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How do I become a grader, student assistant, or work study?

All of these positions are usually posted online: http://monstertrak.com/. You may also inquire about position availability in person in the department office, TH 806. To be considered for these positions, you must be a current student at SFSU and must be currently enrolled in classes.

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What is the pay schedule?
Paychecks are available the 15th of each month for grader positions and at the end of the month for GTA/GA positions.
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What is the pay rate?

Pay rate varies from semester to semester. Currently, our starting pay rate for student assistant is $9.25 in Fall 2007.

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Available Positions?

You may inquire about them in person at the department office, TH 806 or email or online http://monstertrak.com/.

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