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This informal course on the art of teaching is taken by undergraduates who serve as Teaching Fellows and Peer Research Mentors in HC70A and HC70AL, respectively. Undergraduates are selected who show unusual promise as teachers. Bob Goldberg meets several times a week with these undergraduates in order to develop their skills and interest in science teaching. Teaching Fellows are taught how to: (1) develop a teaching "game plan," (2) write concept questions used by students each week as study guides, (3) teach students how to read and understand scientific papers, (4) lead "debates" on the relationship between science and society, (5) speak in front of a class, (6) use the Socratic method as an interactive teaching tool, (7) gain the confidence and poise needed to teach their peers, (8) deal with unusual student-student and student-teacher situations and interactions, and (9) be "exciting" and "dynamic" teachers. Teaching Fellows are videotaped in the classroom and their teaching styles are critiqued so that they can learn to become more effective teachers. Peer Research Mentors also learn how to (1) organize a teaching laboratory, (2) demonstrate and teach genomics and bioinformatics procedures, and (3) how to lead teams carrying out original research projects using functional genomics. In the past eight years, 29 undergraduates have participated as NSF-sponsored Teaching Fellows and Peer Research Mentors, including both life science and non-science majors.

 

 

 

GET TO KNOW THE TEACHING FELLOWS

Pierce Ford

HC70A Winter 2017

Undergraduate Student in Mathematics, UCLA

Helen Li

HC70A Winter 2017

Undergraduate Student in Psychology, UCLA

Allen Chung

HC70A Winter 2016

Undergraduate Student in Biochemistry, UCLA

Dominic Saadi

HC70A Spring 2015

Undergraduate Student in Biochemistry, UCLA

Dominic Lucido

HC70A Spring 2015

Undergraduate Student in MCDB, UCLA

William Barshop

HC70A Winter 2014-15

Ph.D. Student in Biological Chemistry, UCLA

Mike Lyons

HC70A Winter 2013-14

Undergraduate Student in MCDB, UCLA
PhD Student in Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University

Reece Fenning

HC70A Winter 2013-14

Undergraduate Student in MCDB, UCLA
M.D. Student, University of California Irvine School of Medicine

Elaine Chiu

HC70A Winter 2011,2012 & HC70AL Spring 2011

B.S. in Psychobiology, UCLA
M.D. Student, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Eden Maloney

HC70A Winter 2011-13 & HC70AL Spring 2011

B.S. in MCDB, UCLA
Ph.D. Student, Stanford University

Lulu Pantin

HC70A Winter 2011, 2012

B.S. in Psychology, UCLA
Law student, Yale University

Daisy Robinton

HC70A Winter 2008, 2009, 2010 & HC70AL Spring 2008, 2009, 2010

B.S. in MCDB, UCLA
Ph.D. student in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Harvard Medical School

Kristin Gill

HC70AL Winter 2010 & Spring 2009, 2010

B.A. in Political Science, UCLA
Resident Physician at NYU School of Medicine

Jordan Fischer

HC70AL Winter 2010

B.S. in Biology, UCLA
MBA/MS Candidate at the University of Michigan

Aycha Erbilgin

HC70AL Spring 2003 & HC70A Winter 2009

B.S in MCDB, UCLA
Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine UCLA

Kelli Henry

HC70A Winter 2009

B.S in Plant Biology, UC Davis
Ph.D. student in MCDB, UCLA

Bekah Charney

HC70A Winter 2008 & HC70AL Spring 2008

B.A. in Polical Science, UCLA
Ph.D. student in Developmental Biology at UC Irvine

Jonathan Russell

HC70AL Spring 2006

B.S. in MIMG, UCLA
Ph.D. student in Public Health, Columbia University

Ria Yagnik

HC70AL Spring 2006

B.S. in MIMG, UCLA
Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco

Gloria Chu

HC70A Winter 2006

B.A. in International Studies, UCLA
Senior Manager, Email Growth and Innovation at Gap, Inc.

Brittan Scales

HC70AL Spring 2005

B.S. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Major, UCLA
Infectious Disease Public Health Specialist

Tiffany Sum

HC70A Winter 2005

B.A. in Linguistics, UCLA
Middle School Math Teacher, Garden Grove School District

Mike Gavino

HC70A Winter 2005, 2006 & HC70AL Spring 2005, 2006

B.S. in MCDB, UCLA
Postdoctoral Fellow University of California San Francisco

Erin Marsh

HC70AL Spring 2004

B.S. in MCDB, UCLA ,
M.D., USC
Ob/Gyn at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Josh Wolf

HC70AL Spring 2004

B.S. in MCDB, UCLA
NSF Pre-doctoral Fellow in Biology, MIT

Mai Pham

HC70A Winter 2004 & HC70AL Spring 2004

B.S. in MCDB, UCLA
Ophthalmologist, Columbia, MO

Jinsun Choi

HC70A Winter 2004

B.S. in MCDB, UCLA
Endocrinologist, Huntington Beach, CA

Mike Ferry

HC70A Winter 2003 & HC70AL Spring 2003

B.S. in MCDB, UCLA
CSO, Quantitative Biosciences, Inc.

Malik Francis

HC70A Winter 2003, 2004

B.A. and M.A. in Physical Science, UCLA
Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley

GENE DISCOVERY LABORATORY

TEACHING UNDERGRADUATES HOW TO TEACH - HC199

A Unique Learning Experience

"By far the best TA I have ever had. He managed to make the material incredibly interesting...I would recommend him to teach anything. - Comment from HC70A student, Spring 15

"William did an outstanding job. He engages students to speak during discussion and guides them along to conceptually understand the materials. - Comment from HC70A student, Winter 14

"Will was the best TA. There was never a time he didn’t know everything about the subject material. - Comment from HC70A student, Winter 14

"Elaine was an incredible TA. She was open, available, friendly, engaging, organized, prepared, knowledgeable, and very sharp. I loved discussion and having her as a TA. - Comment from HC70A student, Winter 12

"Elaine did a great job to hold the discussion throught out the quarter. She helped set up a bonus quiz for us to make-up the gap from the midterm. I really appreciate it. - Comment from HC70A student, Winter 12

"Elaine was great all around. She was always available to answer questions via e-mail and to meet outside of class. - Comment from HC70A student, Winter 11

"Eden is a wonderful TA and a great teacher." - Comment from HC70A student, Winter 12

"Eden is very informative and is able to answer questions beyond the scope of the lecture....a real passion in molecular biology. It's my pleasure to know such an amazing person." - Comment from HC70A student, Winter 12

"Eden you've done an amazing job all quarter...Thank you so much for being so helpful in explaining concepts both inside and outside of class!" - Comment from HC70A student, Winter 11

"Dominic L. was a great UA. He know what he was talking about and genuinely helped me learn and enjoy material that would have otherwise been extremely dull and difficult. He helped me engage in the material and grasp it because the beginning of this course was difficult but it got better. He's very approachable and nice."-Comment from HC70A student, Winter 16

 

Eden Maloney; HC70A Winter 2011 & 2012, HC70AL Spring 2011

"...as a teaching fellow, I discovered a passion for teaching.." Click here to read Eden Maloney's testimonial as an undergraduate teaching fellow and laboratory peer mentor.

Lulu Pantin; HC70A Winter 2011 & 2012

"I cannot stress enough how wonderful this experience was for me." Click here to read Lulu Pantin's testimonial as an undergraduate teaching fellow.

Kristin Gill; HC70A Winter 2010, Spring 2009 &2010

"While research has taught me how to think critically and creatively, teaching has taught me how to communicate more effectively." Click here to read Kristin Gill's testimonial as an undergraduate teaching fellow and laboratory peer mentor.

Mike Ferry; HC70A Winter 2003 & HC70AL Spring 2003

"From my experiences teaching with Dr. Goldberg I now wish to continue teaching in the future and I am seriously considering an academic career." Click here to read Mike Ferry's testimonial as an undergraduate teaching fellow and laboratory peer mentor.

Malik Francis; HC70A Winter 2003 & 2004

"There were many times where I felt that I got more out of the course than the students. I consider myself lucky." Click here to read Malik Francis' testimonial as an undergraduate teaching fellow.

 Teaching Fellow Dominic Lucido Interacts With Students in the HC70A Undergraduate Seminar (1:53 minutes)
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Will engages students using the socratic method during his discussion section.


Undergraduate Peer Research Mentor, Elaine Chiu, facilitates interaction and active discussion between students in her section.


Undergraduate Peer Research Mentor, Eden Maloney, heads a lively discussion between students in her section.

TESTIMONIALS FROM UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING FELLOWS AND PEER RESEARCH MENTORS ON THEIR EXPERIENCE IN HC70A AND/OR HC70AL