Graduate students are required to serve as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) for at least one semester as part of their professional development. Students typically complete this requirement during their second year, and assignments may include lecture or laboratory courses, generally based on students’ preferences. The requirement may be met by an appointment in any campus department, however the student must notify the group. A typical GSI assignment is 10 hours per week (25% appointment) and provides part of the student’s stipend and fees during that period. If the student is being paid on an extramural fellowship, the GSI stipend may be paid in addition to his/her regular stipend. To gain additional teaching experience, advanced graduate students may serve as a GSI for a second term and may organize seminars for junior and senior level undergraduates. Initial preferences for meeting the GSI requirement and additional plans for teaching should be discussed with the students’ Graduate Advisor and Research Mentor.
Students must enroll in Berkeley BioE 301, Teaching Techniques for Bioengineering, or its equivalent in another department, before or during the year in which they serve as a GSI. Completion of the requirement will be monitored by verification of a GSI appointment in the payroll system and by student evaluations submitted at the end of the term. Additional requirements for GSIs include attendance at one of the Berkeley Teaching Conferences held before each semester and the completion of the GSI Professional Standards and Ethics Online Course.