The GSBS provides its students the opportunity to obtain teaching experience in a collegiate or graduate academic setting by offering Teaching Assistantships (TAs).
- Must be a GSBS degree-seeking student in good academic standing
- Must have completed a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in biomedical sciences (or have a master's degree in biomedical sciences plus have completed a minimum of 1 year at GSBS)
- Must have passed the course, or an acceptable equivalent, in which you will teach
- Must have approval of your advisor
Two types of TA positions are available:
GSBS TAs: Teaching opportunities are available in graduate GSBS courses which could be considered introductory and have been approved by the Curriculum Committee. Students who are awarded Teaching Assistantships will have the opportunity to assist a faculty member in preparing for, and teaching in, a graduate level GSBS course. A limited number of GSBS-funded Teaching Assistant positions are available each semester of the academic curriculum. Course directors may apply for a TA the semester preceding the offering of their course. Applications are reviewed by the GSBS Curriculum Committee. Course directors will select a TA for their course and will be responsible for training and evaluation of the TA throughout the course. Applications and further information may be obtained from Dr. Knutson at 713-500-9870 or Victoria.P.Knutson@uth.tmc.edu.
UH-D TAs: The University of Houston-Downtown Teaching Mentorship Program offers Teaching Assistantships for the Fall and Spring semesters. The Teaching Mentorship Program allows GSBS students to serve as TAs in an undergraduate course in the Department of Natural Sciences at UH-D. [Information on the UH-D faculty and courses can be obtained from their Web site at http://www.uhd.edu/academic/colleges/sciences/naturalscience/]
Students selected for this Program will be appointed for one semester. The Teaching Mentorship Program will provide GSBS students the opportunity to gain valuable experience in undergraduate teaching under the guidance of outstanding educators at UH-D. TAs selected for this program will receive instructions on teaching and evaluation of their teaching throughout the semester. Further information and applications may be obtained from Dr. Knutson at 713-500-9870 or Victoria.P.Knutson@uth.tmc.edu.
The GSBS encourages and supports internship programs for its students. In the past GSBS students have been able to participate in internships in Patent Law; Comparative Health Care and Research; Public Health and Homeland Security; and Communications and Public Affairs. Students who are in good academic standing and post-candidacy in their respective GSBS degree program, with approval and support of their advisor, may seek to have an internship. At this time there is only one established internship, Internship in Communications and Public Affairs, which is described below. Students and their advisors are welcome to establish other internships and should contact Dr. Knutson for guidance.
Internship in Communications and Public Affairs
The UT Health Science Center Office of Public Affairs and the GSBS will offer a one semester Internship in Communications and Public Affairs. The intern will assist the Public Affairs Offices of the Health Science Center and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences with background research and the preparation of material for press releases, internal and external publications, web site information, and various other communications and media materials. The intern may also function in part as a liaison between public affairs offices and other units of the Health Science Center and/or component schools.
The internship is intended for students interested in gaining perspective on possible careers such as scientific writing, technical advising, or related activities in biomedical administration. This is a half-time position (10-20 hours per week), and the intern is expected to continue to make substantial progress in his/her thesis/dissertation research. The intern is expected to maintain full time student status and must therefore register for at least nine hours of combined thesis/dissertation research and special projects to be determined by the student’s advisor and Associate Dean Knutson.
Candidates must be in good academic standing, have successfully passed candidacy, and have the approval of their advisor. A full stipend (including fringe benefits) will be provided by the GSBS during the semester of the internship. Applicants must possess excellent written and oral communications skills and a genuine interest in learning about one of the careers noted above. Interested students should contact Dr. Knutson, Associate Dean, for further information.