UTA Information

Applications for the Spring 2023 semester will be active from November 7th through December 2, 2022. 

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Upon successful completion of your application, you will receive an email confirmation. You can also double check if your application has been recorded by revisiting the application link. If you can fill out an application again, we did not receive it.

We cannot hire students who will be residing outside the country (this includes studying abroad) and we cannot accept anyone on a volunteer basis. You must be an enrolled student during the semester you are a UTA i.e., not on leave. Even if you have been a UTA previously, you must re-apply to be a UTA each semester.

For 101/201 -- If you choose one as a first choice and the other as a second choice, you will not likely be considered for the second-choice course, regardless of if you were a previous UTA for that course. For example, if you put 101 as your first choice and 201 as your second choice, you will not be considered for 201 because it is your second choice. This is only the case for 101/201 because of the number of applications we receive.

The soft deadline for applications is December 2, 2022. Applications can be submitted after that and will continue to be open through Winter Break; however, we cannot guarantee full consideration, especially for courses that will hold interviews. Depending on which course(s) you applied for, you may receive separate emails with follow up surveys or questions. Students applying for 101, 201, 210, 230, & 330 will have to interview. Different courses have different timelines for UTA selections.

Contact the UTA Program Coordinator, Jackie Okoh, uta-program@cs.duke.edu, if you have any questions about being a UTA or your application.

Overview

If you have taken a CompSci course previously, then you know there are many other people helping the professor to support your learning in that course, e.g., returning feedback about your assignments, reviewing concepts in a recitation section. Most of these duties are done by undergraduate students just like you! Here, you can get a chance to take part in a rewarding job, allowing you to help your fellow students out as they go through the same journey you once did.

Consideration

Ideally, you loved the course that you want to UTA for! You should have at least taken the course before or have the equivalent background experience in the course topics and programming languages or communicate with the professor that you feel confident that you grasped the materials covered in the course you would like to UTA.

If you have the time and expertise, you can indicate that you are willing to be a UTA for multiple courses (of your preferred choices). We will coordinate with you if we have such need.

Courses that need UTAs for Spring 2022

Course Expected Duties Consideration
COMPSCI 101: Intro to Computer Science (Rodger)
  • Attend one lab training per week
  • Grade assignments
  • Lead lab section
  • Hold office hours
  • Answer Ed questions
  • Grade exams and final

Must have availability to lead lab sections.

Interview necessary for new UTAs.

Estimated 4-6 hours/week.

COMPSCI 201: Data Structures and Algorithms (Fain)

  • Attend weekly meetings on Thursdays

  • Grade assignments
  • Lead discussion section
  • Hold office hours in the evening
  • Answer Ed questions
  • Grade exams and final

Must have availability to lead a discussion section, which are throughout F 10:15am–4:45pm.

Interview necessary for new UTAs.

Estimated 6-8 hours/week.

COMPSCI 207: iOS Mobile Programming (Phillips)
  • Grade assignments
  • Advise students on projects
  • Hold office hours
  • Answer Ed questions

Min. Requirement: Background with app development or completion of CompSci 207/507or Spring 2022's 290 class.

Estimated 4-6 hours a week

COMPSCI 210D: Intro to Computer Systems (Lentz)
  • Attend a weekly meeting
  • Grade assignments
  • Lead discussion section
  • Hold office hours
  • Answer Ed questions

Interview necessary for new UTAs.

Estimated 6-8 hours/week.

COMPSCI 216: Everything Data (Stephens-Martinez)
  • Grade weekly assignments & labs
  • Hold office hours
  • Attending weekly teaching team meeting

Strong preference for students who have taken CS 216 or proficiency programming in python and other statistics/data science experience at the 200+ level.

There will be some preference for UTAs that can attend lecture.

Estimated 5-7 hours/week.

COMPSCI 230: Discrete Math for CompSci (Munagala)
  • Attend regular grading parties
  • Grade assignments
  • Lead recitation session
  • Hold office hours in the evening
  • Answer Piazza
  • Grade exams

Min. requirement: CompSci 230 or equivalent. You should be able to handle the concepts the students work with in this course.

Recitation is various times on F.

COMPSCI 240: Race, Gender, Class & Computing (Washington)
  • Grade assignments 
  • Monitor and respond to Ed posts
  • Hold office hours
  • Attend class lectures and assist with breakouts (1-2 TAs)

Minimum requirement: Completed CompSci 240 with a grade of B or higher.

Estimated 4-8 hours/week.

COMPSCI 250: Computer Architecture (Sorin)
  • Attend weekly meetings
  • Grade exams and homework
  • Lead recitation session
  • Hold office hours
  • Answer Ed questions  

Min requirement: Must have taken CompSci 250 and earned a grade of B or better.

 

COMPSCI 290.02: Server-Side Web Applications (Phillips)
  • Grade assignments
  • Hold office hours
  • Answer Ed questions

Experience with Ruby on Rails framework or a commitment to attend lecture and work through the assignments.

Estimated 6-8 hours a week

Interview necessary 

COMPSCI 308D: Advanced Software Design and Implementation (Duvall)
  • Evaluate student projects
  • Attend regular planning meeting
  • Independently meet with students regularly
  • Grade student demos
Min Requirement: Completion of COMPSCI 307 and internship experience by Fall 2021 OR COMPSCI 308
COMPSCI 330: Design/Analysis Algorithms (Argawal & Fain)
  • Attend regular grading sessions
  • Hold office hours
  • Grade exams
  • Run discussion sections
  • Answer questions on Ed
  • Attend 5 pm meeting on Thursdays 
Interview necessary for new UTAs.
COMPSCI 334: Mathematical Foundations (Rodger)
  • Grade programming assignments and JFLAP exercises
  • Hold office hours
 
COMPSCI 342: Information and the Internet (Astrachan)
  • Check peer-grading 
  • Work with TA/UTAs to provide scores on peer grading
  • Help grade midterms 
 
COMPSCI 345: Computer Software Architecture (Reed)
  • Helping students debug their assignments (e.g. office hours), which will be written in C++ and require experience using gdb or IIdb. 

 

 

Strong debugging skills in C/C++

Did well in 210/250

Took 290: Computer Graphics last spring, or a willingness to keep up with the lectures this spring. 

Graphics experience is a plus, but not a strict requirement 

Estimated 4-6 hours per week

COMPSCI 356: Computer Network Architecture (Narten)
  • Grade exams and homework
  • Grade labs
  • Hold weekly office hours
  • Answer Piazza
 
COMPSCI 370: Intro to AI (Parr)
  • Attend regular grading parties
  • Hold office hours in the evening
  • Grade exams
 
COMPSCI 527: Computer Vision (Tomasi)
  • Hold office hours
  • Answer Piazza queries
  • Help grade assignments and exams (grading parties with Gradescope) 

Minimum requirements: Completion of COMPSCI 527 or equivalent. 

COMPSCI 590.05: Computational Biology (Donald)
  • Attend lecture
  • Hold office hours
  • Answer Piazza questions
It would be good to have a background in computational biology. However, an interest in computational biology/Machine learning applied to biology would be fine.

 

Duties and Commitment

Being a UTA is a serious obligation that requires a firm and substantial weekly commitment on your part. It requires timely checking and responses to communication (e.g. email, Slack, Piazza). It is a semester-by-semester job that extends from the first day of classes through the end of final exams. You must re-apply each semester.

All UTAs will be required to attend a training session at the beginning of the semester.

Duties will vary between classes, but you can generally expect to do some of the following:

  • Grade – Responsibilities range from students’ assignments or in upper-level courses, projects. Sometimes a professor may have UTAs grade student exams.
  • Hold office hours – Most courses will have office hours in the evening. Office hours are used to answer student questions about topics covered in lecture, homework problems, etc.
  • Lead a recitation/lab – Lower-level courses such as 101, 201, 230, etc. have a discussion section where students will get more application problems on topics covered in class. UTAs will lead students through the problems and facilitate collaboration and discussion among students about the topic. UTAs will have to prepare beforehand by attending a lab meeting, and/or looking over the material, and/or doing the problems beforehand so that they can come prepared for answering questions.
  • Answer Piazza questions – Most courses use Piazza as a tool where instructors can post course announcements and communicate important information to students. Students can use this platform to ask questions about logistics of the course, get clarification on the homework, or a study problem. The professor cannot answer all questions in a timely manner, so UTAs will also respond to questions that students may have.
  • Attend planning meetings – Faculty will arrange a regular meeting to gather all their UTAs so that they can prepare UTAs for the upcoming week or address questions and concerns that UTAs may also have.
  • Meet with student groups – Some project-based courses such as 308 or 316 will require that UTAs independently meet with the group of students that they are assigned to.
  • Administrative duties - If you are a Head UTA, you may have to send out emails and organize various UTAs for specific duties. The professor will be in close contact and instruct you.
  • Attend lecture - Some faculty need UTAs during regular class time because the course is structured like a lab.

Compensation

The pay begins at $15 per hour with opportunities for increases every semester of serving as a UTA. You must detail your hours biweekly on the CS UTA app as well as fill out a timecard on time at duke@work.

Work Study

Work study is not required for this job, but it is encouraged. You do not have to be on financial aid to be on work study. Please see the Duke Financial Aid Work Study section for more information on how to sign up for work study.

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