Grader/Reader Positions

Undergraduate graders are hired for Astro 7A/B, C10, and possibly more classes. In the physics department, undergraduate graders may be hired for 5A/B/C as well as some upper division classes. They are not hired for 8A/B or 7A/B/C because they use MasteringPhysics.

Required Qualifications: Having taken the class or an equivalent or higher-level, similar subject class and done well (A- or A, usually). Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Preferred Qualifications: Previous grading experience.

Point of Contact: Dexter Stewart (Astro, dexters@berkeley.edu) or Donna Sakima (Physics, sakima@berkeley.edu). E-mails are normally sent out by Dexter and Donna to the mailing list of each respective major some time before the start of the semester.

Expectations: Grade problem sets in a timely manner. Communicate with the instructor.

Payment: Approximately $15 per hour ($15.67 in Fall 2017)


Undergraduate Student Instructor (UGSI) Positions

When there are not enough graduate students who are interesting in being GSI's, the departments may hire undergraduates. Physics has started to do this more recently, while Astro has been doing so for a while due to having a low number of grad students.

Required Qualifications: Junior or Senior. Major has been declared at the time of application (Graduate Division policy). Having taken the class or a higher-level, similar subject class and done well (A- or A, usually). For Physics, strict GPA requirements may apply, as well as strict rules regarding grades awarded in specific classes.

Preferred Qualifications: Previous teaching experience.

Point of Contact: Dexter Stewart (Astro, dexters@berkeley.edu) or Donna Sakima (Physics, sakima@berkeley.edu). However, you can also speak to the course instructor directly.

Expectations: Enroll in a 300-level course about teaching. Attend a first-time GSI conference. Either teach discussion and/or lab sections (usually 2/week) or perform logistical and administrative duties (for Astro C10). If teaching, prepare handouts, write and grade quizzes, attend lectures, etc.

Payment: Something in the ballpark of $3000/semester, assuming 20% work-status (usual for UGSI's, i.e. teaching two discussion sections).

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