Teaching assistants

The Department of Biology Teaching and Learning is seeking undergraduate students who are responsible, interested in helping other students learn, and motivated to serve as undergraduate teaching assistants (UGTAs) for its spring courses  (BIOL 1001, 1003, 1009, 1012, 1015, 1052, 1055, 1951, 1961, 2003, 2005, 3004, 3012, 3211). 

Information on the requirements, responsibilities, and hours for each class is available in this Google doc

Interested students should complete the application form by noon on Monday, April 10, 2023, to be considered.

There are three types of TA positions:

  • Laboratory TAs independently oversee one or two laboratory sections of 20-25 students each. They are supported in this role with teaching materials and training. Typical lab TA responsibilities include: minute-to-minute organization of the 2- to 3-hour laboratory period; grading the laboratory material for the students in their section; holding office hours to assist students with lab questions and concerns.
  • Foundations Laboratory (BIOL 1961 and 3004) TAs help students with their research projects in our Active Learning Lab and/or assist a graduate TA with in-lab or in-class activities. Typical responsibilities include: helping students identify, locate and use materials, procedures and software needed for their work; answering students’ questions and helping them work through challenges; assisting with lab organization, administrative tasks and reviewing student work.
  • Lecture TAs play an important role in our dynamic, active learning classrooms. Typical lecture TA responsibilities include: providing students with written and/or verbal feedback on assignments and in-class activities; interacting with students and facilitating group interactions during class; holding office hours to answer questions and assist students with course concepts. 


New TAs earn $15 per hour; returning TAs can earn $15.50-$16 per hour.


A few benefits of TA positions include allowing students to master biology concepts and communication skills, collaborating with peers and instructors, learning to work in a supportive team environment, developing leadership skills and contributing to a positive experience for our students.

Questions? Contact btl@umn.edu.