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2021-2022

Fall 2021

BSCI 1510: Introduction to Biological Sciences

Jim Patton
Stevenson professor
of Biological Sciences

Todd Graham
Stevenson professor
of Biological Sciences

Learning Assistants

Cassandra Atzrodt
Jennifer Du
Hanwen Feng
Emilia Ferreira
Joseph Fontana
Natalie Loveridge
Kenny Ta
Hongkai Wang
Isabella Wetzka
Zhizhu Zhang

How the LAs were integrated

Flipped classroom. Open
question and answer at
the beginning of class and
then LAs discussed new
problems with students in
small groups afterwards.
LAs hosted Zoom
meetings on Fridays to go
over questions from the
lectures each week.

Thomas Clements
Senior lecturer and
LA Director
Biological Sciences

Katherine Friedman
Associate professor
and Vice Chair of
Biological Sciences

Learning Assistants

Faith Connally
Tristen Gittens
Melissa Goldin
Pei Cing (Aidan) Ho
Robert McCarthy
Olivia Pembridge
Maya Reddy
Mary Wilson Screws
Yuhan Wang
Henoc Zinga

How the LAs were integrated

Students prepared for
class by watching videos
and completing a
worksheet for participation
credit; each LA led a
discussion of the
worksheet in a separate
room in a small group, with
faculty members visiting
each room.

CHEM 1601: General Chemistry

Tara Todd
Principal senior lecturer in
Chemistry and Director of
Undergraduate Studies

Learning Assistants

Sophia Gerberg
Alex Grace
Miya Hugaboom
Weixi Kang
Alex Ruemmler
Chloe Tzau
Sai Soumya Vytla
Ashley White
Daniel Yakubu
Arthur Yu

How the LAs were integrated

LAs led small group discussion
during the last third of class.

EES 1510: The Dynamic Earth: Introduction to Geological Sciences

Lily Claiborne
Principal senior lecturer
of Earth and Environmental
Sciences and Director of
Undergraduate Studies

Learning Assistants

Easton Maxey
Nadia McGlynn
Ana Stringer

How the LAs were integrated

Provide support as students
work through problems and
answer questions in small
groups during class.

NSC 3269: Developmental Neuroscience

Elizabeth Catania
Assistant professor
in Neuroscience
and Director of
Undergraduate Studies

Learning Assistants

Malak Elmessiry
Carson Flamm
Tamara Naidoo
Grace Pulliam
Kelia Saiegh

How the LAs were integrated

Students prepared for class
by watching lecture videos.
In class, LA’s led small
groups of students through
assignments reviewing or
extending the lecture
videos. Assignments
ranged from worksheets, to
review of data and figures
from papers to short
problem based learning
type questions.

PHYS 1501: Intro Physics for the Life Sciences

Savanna Starko
Senior lecturer in
Physics & Astronomy

Learning Assistants

Gayatri Aluri
Kolapo Dairo
Isabella Paldrmic
Katie Preisinger
Bennett Schneier
Jack Slatton
Jack Yarnall
Sandra Zaki

How the LAs were integrated

LAs led small group discussions
and active learning exercises
interspersed with short lectures.

PSY 2100: Quantitative Methods

Adriane Seiffert
Senior lecturer and
research assistant
professor of Psychology

Learning Assistants

Yi Liu
Pan Lu
Bryson Rorie

How the LAs were integrated

LAs helped students
complete in-class activities
by answering questions and
encouraging students to
engage with a range of
topics.

Spring 2022

BSCI 1511: Introduction to Biological Sciences II

Jessica Gilpin
Senior lecturer of
Biological Sciences

Learning Assistants

Tristen Gittens
Aidan Ho
Joseph Fontana
Grace Lee
Victoria Li
Mary Wilson Screws
Ananya Terala
Hongkai Wang
Isabella Wetzka
Henoc Zinga

How the LAs were integrated

Students prepared for class
by watching videos and
completing a worksheet for
participation credit; each LA
led a persistent small group
(groups were spread across
three different classrooms)
in discussion of the
worksheet and student
questions, with the faculty
member visiting each room
to observe and aid when
needed.


Larisa DeSantis
Associate professor of
Biological Sciences

Julián Hillyer
Professor of Biological
Sciences and Director
of Graduate Studies

Learning Assistants

Hannah Chen
Shani Israel
Natalie Loveridge
Yuhan Wang
Nyah Webb
Sydney Wolfe

How the LAs were integrated

Traditional lectures with
LAs hosting additional
recitation sections
outside of class in groups.

CHEM 1601: General Chemistry

Tara Todd
Principal senior lecturer in
Chemistry and Director of
Undergraduate Studies

Learning Assistants

Kyle Davis
Alex Grace
Miya Hugaboom
Jalil Mitchell
Amisha Mittal
Alex Ruemmler
Bethanie Stauffer
Soumya Vytla
Daniel Yakubo
Arthur Yu

How the LAs were integrated

LAs led small group
discussion during the
last third of class.

CHEM 2221: Organic Chemistry I

Katie Clements
Senior lecturer of Chemistry

Learning Assistants

Ugonna Adugba
Cassandra Atzrodt
Abisola Lawal
Gian Luca Lupica-Tondo
Jazlyn Selvasingh

How the LAs were integrated

Students prepared for
class by watching videos.
Class is interspersed with
short lectures. LAs led a
discussion of material in
small groups with faculty
member walking around.

BSCI 2210: Principles of Genetics

Thomas Clements
Senior lecturer and
LA Director
Biological Sciences

Katherine Friedman
Associate professor
and Vice Chair of
Biological Sciences

Learning Assistants

Ziche Chen
Vincent Kang
Sharath Narayan
Kate Spears
Liraz Stilman
Zhizhu Zhang

How the LAs were integrated

Students prepared for class
by watching videos and
completing a worksheet for
participation credit; Class
began with a short lecture
and then each LA led a
discussion of the
worksheet in an active
learning classroom.

PHYS 1502: Intro Physics for the Life Sciences

Savanna Starko
Senior lecturer in
Physics & Astronomy

Learning Assistants

Chris Bozorgmehr
Sean Collins
Kolapo Dairo
Marina He
Kev Jung
Isabella Paldrmic
Katie Preisinger
Anusha Srivastava
Precious Ukachukwu
Jack Yarnall

How the LAs were integrated

LAs led small group discussions
and active learning exercises
interspersed with short lectures.

PSY 2100: Quantitative Methods

Ashleigh Maxcey
Senior lecturer and
research assistant
professor of Psychology

Learning Assistants

Sam MacGavin
Brittany Polevikov
Bryson Rorie

How the LAs were integrated

LAs lead data
visualization activities
once a week. They
assisted students in
learning data
visualization techniques
on Excel.

SCED 2330: Pedagogy Seminar

Heather Johnson
Associate professor of
the practice of science
education, Department of
Teaching & Learning

Learning Assistants

Kolapo Dairo
Melissa Goldin

How the LAs were integrated

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