Information for Prospective Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) & Readers

Deadline Contact English Proficiency Undergraduate GSIs Applications Paid Readers Lab Assistants

Application Deadline

Every semester we hire GSIs, both undergraduates and graduates, for our EECS courses. Normally, applications are accepted in October/November for the spring semester and March/April for the fall semester. You may apply for these positions during the open application process.

Please be aware that the GSI requirement for PhD students can only be satisfied by teaching in one of the approved GSI courses (these are all courses that have scheduled labs and/or discussion sections). For students entering the EECS Ph.D. program in Fall 2009 or later, you must fulfill this requirement by working as a GSI (excluding EE or CS 301) for a total of 30 hours minimum prior to graduation. At least 20 of those hours must be for an EE or CS undergraduate course.

For information about GSI requirements, fee remission, etc., see the GSI Appointments Guide and GSI Requirements.

Contact Information:

  • Lower Division CS Courses: Catherine Bouvier Dang, catherinedang@eecs
  • Upper Division and Graduate CS Courses:: Pat Hernan, hernan@eecs
  • All EE Courses: Pat Hernan, hernan@eecs

  • Readers
  • EE Courses: Sara Nevius: saranevius@eecs
  • CS Courses: Denis Thalson: dthalson@eecs
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Non-Native English Speakers English Proficiency Requirement

All prospective GSIs who do not speak English as a native language must pass a test of their proficiency in spoken English before they can be appointed to GSI positions. Exempted from this policy are those who hold a B.A., B.S., or other bachelor's level degree from an institution in the United States. The policy applies to all prospective GSIs, whatever their citizenship, country of origin, or residency status, and whatever subject they will be teaching. Those who do not speak English as a native language may satisfy this requirement by passing the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) or the Oral Proficiency Test (OPT) on the Berkeley campus. A passing score on either of these tests must be obtained before you can be appointed as a GSI.

To see if you satisfy the English Language Requirement, you can take the English Language Proficiency Questionnaire.

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Undergraduate GSIs

Undergraduate students who have received an A- in a courses can apply to be an Undergraduate GSI (uGSI) in that course, provided they fulfill the requirements outlined in Hiring Undergraduate GSIs.

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Online Applications

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Applying for a Paid Reader Position

  • You must have received a B or better in the course for which you are applying and have an overall GPA of 3.0 to be eligible as a reader.
  • The pay for a Reader position is available here: Current Rates
  • Work-study does not apply for Reader positions.
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Lab Assistants

If you're interested in lab assisting, here are all the links for the respective classes in order to sign up:

Interested in applying for a course that's not listed here? Contact Catherine Bouvier Dang (catherinedang@eecs).

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