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. You may apply for these positions during the open application process.

The GSI application deadline for Spring 2015 was Nov. 1, 2014. Please note, your application may not be reviewed if you apply after the deadline.

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:

    GSIs
  • 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

In order to apply to be a UGSI, you must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Be in good academic standing (i.e., cannot be on academic probation or have more than 2 incomplete grades)
  2. Enrolled in the minimum number of units approved by your college by the second week of classes (this is a week before the regular campus deadline)
  3. Upper Division status when you begin teaching
  4. Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and maintain this GPA in the semester you are teaching
  5. Previously taken the course, its equivalent or a more advanced course, with a grade of A- or better
  6. Complete the 300-level semester-long pedagogical seminar on teaching in the first semester you are teaching
  7. First-time UGSIs must attend the Teaching Conference before the beginning of the teaching semester.
  8. First-time UGSIs must complete the GSI Professional Standards and Ethics Online Course by the first day of classes.
  9. If you are an international student and this will be your first time being a UGSI, you must complete the Language Proficiency Screening Questionnaire. (Please notify catherinedang@eecs.berkeley.edu once you have completed the questionnaire.)
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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.

Fall 2014

Spring 2015 (More available in early January)

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

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