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Meet your Teaching Assistant: Joe DePalma

Graduate school can be a balancing act. Consider Joe DePalma, a first year chemistry graduate student at the University of Delaware. In addition to taking classes and identifying a research lab, he is also a teaching assistant (TA) overseeing three introductory chemistry laboratories each week. Managing a lab full of first-time chemists can be nerve-wracking, but fortunately, Joe has some help. Part of being a chemistry or biology TA at Delaware is participating in a TA training class, where students learn the fundamentals of good teaching. Held just as the school year was getting started, that class included watching videos of what not to do as a TA, and then discussing the good, the bad, and the ugly.