Employment Opportunities for Undergraduates
The Department of Chemistry at the University of Central Arkansas hires a number of students to assist in the work of the Department. The Department clearly benefits from the assistance of our student employees and our student employees gain valuable work experience as well as earn money to help with expenses associated with going to college.
The department hires a number of students each semester who contribute in a variety of ways. For all positions in student employment, it is preferred, but not required, that the student be pursuing either a major or a minor in chemistry. If you are interested in working in the departmental office, please contact our Administrative Specialist, Billina Matthews. Contact our Laboratory Coordinator, Dani Shi, if you are interested in working in our chemical stockroom or as an undergraduate teaching assistant.
Undergraduate teaching assistants: For the Fall Semester of 2010, we have 35 lab sections that will be staffed with our teaching assistants. An undergraduate teaching assistant provides considerable assistance to faculty teaching the labs including assisting with answering students' questions, helping students with the setup of equipment, and obtaining last-minute supplies needed for labs. The undergraduate teaching assistant gains a deeper understanding of chemistry by reviewing the lab component of a course already completed, hones laboratory skills, gains experience that can be put on a resume, and gives the student more references for graduate school, professional school, or a job application. In order to become an undergraduate teaching assistant, a grade of C or better in the course is required.
Undergraduate research assistants: Grants obtained by faculty members to fund their research activities often have provisions for hiring students to conduct much of the actual laboratory work. These are most commonly available during the summer, are contingent on available funds. Inquire with specific faculty members.
Main chemistry office: These students assist Billina Matthews, our administrative Specialist, in a variety of ways, including copying, answering the phone, working with our waiting lists for closed classes, completing projects, running errands, and staffing the office during lunch.
Chemistry stockroom: Two students are hired to work in our chemical stockroom each semester. These students learn valuable skills in bench chemistry, including the preparation of solutions, maintenance of equipment, safety concerns, and the disposal of chemical waste.
Chemistry Department Tutors: The Department collaborates with the Chemistry Club in identifying and hiring chemistry majors to be tutors for students enrolled in both sequences of general chemistry and organic chemistry. Please contact Dr. Robert Mauldin, Chair of the Department of Chemistry, for more information.