Teacher-Scholars Program (COCTSP)

Teacher-Scholars group photo, 2015

Program Description

The Chemistry Undergraduate Teacher Scholar Program places undergraduate students as apprentice instructors in lower division laboratory and discussion sections. In a weekly meeting with instructors, participants learn about teaching, review chemistry knowledge, and are coached to mentor students.

Description of Typical Activities

In assigned lab/discussion section:

  • answering questions from students throughout the lab period.
  • facilitating group discussions
  • participating in and/or leading demonstrations

In weekly Teacher Scholar Class (Thursdays 11am-12:30pm):

  • meeting in small groups with other students who are teacher scholars in the same class as you to discuss the upcoming week's lab experiment or discussion topics
  • role-playing to practice teaching
  • working individually or in small groups to write worksheets or review session materials
  • large-group discussions based on assigned reading

Time Commitment

  • Attend assigned section each week (1 lab section or 3 discussion sections)
  • Attend weekly Teacher Scholar class (Thursdays 11:00am - 12:30 pm) (Time subject to change)
  • Attend weekly GSI meeting with the instructor of your assigned class
  • 30-45 min per week individual work outside of class (prelab preparation, postlab reflection, reading assignments, etc.
  • Full-day training/meetings a few days before the start of the semester.

Course Credit

Participants in this program earn two credits (P/NP) by enrolling in Chem 301C.


 If you would like to apply, you can find the application here. Please apply by July 10 for full consideration. Any questions can be sent to the program coordinator Natalie Johnson (njohnson614@berkeley.edu).

  • If you would like to be notified when the Spring 2025 application is made available, please fill out this form.

[content coordinated by Natalie Johnson]