INCOMING STUDENT INFORMATIONAL PACKET

                              From the Grad Student’s Perspective


               a. BEFORE YOU ARRIVE IN DAVIS
               b. WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN DAVIS




               a. THE BASICS
               b. GENERAL INFORMATION
               c. BEFORE THE FIRST WEEK
               d. THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS
               e. GRADING!


Last Revised: 2/23/2011
Dear incoming EXSGG student,

       Congratulations and welcome to the Exercise Science Graduate Group (EXSGG)! You made a
great decision to attend Davis and we’re very excited to have you as our fellow classmate.

       This informational packet has been generated by current and past graduate students to help with
your transition into the EXSGG. We hope that it provides a student’s perspective of helpful information,
things to expect, contact information, and a few extra pieces of important information. It is also an ever-
changing and growing packet, so please feel free to provide us with any additional information you think
should be included. Your feedback is very important and highly valued.

       If you have any questions over the next couple of months, please feel free to contact any of the
current students or faculty. On the last page of this packet is contact information for the current students
and for some of the faculty.

       Congratulations and we look forward to meeting you!

       The EXS Grad Students

                       YOU ARRIVE IN DAVIS

� Where should I live?
     Once you’ve decided to attend Davis, finding housing should be your first task. Housing in Davis is
     not easy to find. It is never too early to start looking for housing. Our advice is to have your housing
     plans established before you arrive in town.

     Below are some websites with housing information. The list is definitely not exhaustive, but should
     help you start your search.
            ASUCD (Associated Students of UCD) Community Housing Listing
            UCD Student Housing
            The California Aggie (UCD school newspaper) Listings
            The Davis Enterprise (town newspaper)
            C.L. Davies Property Management
            Davis Wiki

     Some housing options include living in on-campus graduate housing, finding a place in town, or
     looking for a roommate in one of the local papers. Additionally, several of the apartment complexes
     in town have an online list of people in their complex looking for roommates. A few of these
     complexes are listed below. Also, you should contact the current students in the graduate group and
     inquire if anyone is seeking a roommate. This has worked out well in the past.

            Greystone Apartments 
            El Macero Village    

     For most, living close to campus is ideal. Between the bus system and biking, most any location in
     Davis is accessible to and from campus. If while looking for places, you have specific questions
     about the proximity of an apartment complex or house from campus, feel free to ask the current

� When should I arrive in Davis?
     In general, leases in Davis begin and end the first week of September. If you are moving to Davis
     from in-state, plan to arrive at least a week before classes start. This is assuming that your housing
     plans are already established. If you are planning to move to town and then find a place to live,
     please give yourself plenty of time.

     If you are moving to Davis from out of state, plan to arrive about 2 weeks before classes start. This
     will give you time to begin the process of establishing residency and familiarizing yourself with the

� Student ID number and PAC number (Personal Access Code)
     You should receive these by mail. If you have not received one or both of them by the end of July,
     contact the Registrar’s Office at (530) 752-2973 or

� Set up your email address
     Go to to set up an email account.
     Once this is set up, please email the Exercise Science Graduate Group Program Coordinator, and the current EXSGG Student Rep. Email is one of the primary means
     used to pass along information. If you prefer to use an outside e-mail provider such as Yahoo or G-
     mail, it is easy to have all your UC-Davis e-mails forwarded to that e-mail address:

� Decide what classes to take
     Financial aid awards (such as fee waivers from Teaching Assistantships) require the student to be
     registered for at least 12 units of course work. Awards will not be distributed unless you register
     for at least 12 units. If you are not completely sure of your courses, register for 12 units (even if it
     includes undergrad courses; note that the undergrad program is Exercise Biology, listed as EXB,
     and the grad program is Exercise Science, listed as EXS) and then finalize your schedule. In
     general, grad courses do not fill beyond capacity, so if you decide late to take a course, getting into
     the course is typically not a problem. If you are hired as a teaching assistant you may also receive
     1-4 units of credit (typically listed as a 396 course, e.g. EXB 396) depending on the course and the
     instructor. Check with the instructor in charge of the course if you are interested in these units.

     If you are not registered for 12 units when financial aid awards are posted, you will be billed for
     tuition and fees until you are registered for 12 units and financial aid awards are reapplied. If you do
     receive a bill from Student Accounting, it is likely that your registration and fee remissions
     information has not been cleared through the necessary offices… call Student Accounting at 752-
     3646 / Graduate Studies at 752-0650 to make sure this will be cleared.

     Registration can be done using SISWEB (Student Information System) at
     To register, you will need your ID and PAC numbers along with your Kerberos Login (your UCD mail
     ID and password).
          List of courses offered -
         a. Biomechanics emphasis – contact the Biomechanics Advisor with questions (see last page
             for contact information).
         b. Exercise Physiology emphasis – contact the Exercise Physiology Advisors with questions
             (see last page for contact information).

So you don’t know which emphasis to choose…
     Begin by asking yourself some basic questions. What attracts you to one emphasis? What detracts
     you from each emphasis? What are your thoughts on your future plans? What areas have you
     thought of for your thesis project? Which literature and research topics interest you most? Of the
     courses recommended for each emphasis, which set is the most captivating?

     Another great resource is people that have been where you are - contact any and all of the current
     students and talk with them. At least several of us have been torn between the two options! We’d
     be more than happy to provide any insight we might have on choosing a concentration.

     If you’ve considered the above and are still looking for some insight, contact both advisors and
     discuss your thoughts and concerns.

     Also during the fall quarter, you will be enrolled in EXS200. In the past, this course has invited
     faculty from the Graduate Group to come and talk with the first year students to discuss their
     research interests and possibilities for Master’s thesis work. This is also a great opportunity to
     interact with faculty who are working in a wide variety of exercise science related areas. Through
     interacting with the faculty at these talks, your decision of an emphasis may also become clearer.

     During the first few weeks of the fall quarter, you should set up a meeting with your academic
     advisor (before picking a major professor to work with for your thesis, your advisor is based on your
     emphasis, as listed previously) to generate your Program of Study. An example Program of Study
     can be downloaded from Once
     this has been generated, the flow of your coursework over the next two years will be much more

What’s in a grade?…
     Graduate students must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a scale where
     A=4, B=3, etc.) to be allowed to remain in a graduate program or to be awarded a graduate degree.
     Courses in which a student receives a grade lower than C may not be counted in satisfaction of
     degree requirements. Students appointed as teaching assistants must have and continue to
     maintain at least a 3.00 GPA.

     Normally S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) grading is used only for directed group-study (298) or
     research (299) courses. However, with the approval of the graduate advisor and the Dean of
     Graduate Studies, a student may elect to take one letter graded course per quarter on an S/U basis
     provided that course does not fulfill any of the student's graduate program course requirements.
     (That is, the S/U option is intended to provide a legitimate educational opportunity to explore areas
     not closely related to a student's academic major.) Courses approved for the S/U option may be
     used to fulfill the minimum quarter unit requirement for full-time student status (i.e., normally 12
     units). Election and approval of this option during any quarter does not preclude the student from
     also enrolling in any other course regularly graded on an S/U basis. A graduate student who
     accumulates a combination of more than eight units of incomplete (I) and unstatisfactory (U) grades
     will be placed on academic probation by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Annual review of students’ progress…
     Graduate Council Policy requires an annual review of each student's progress toward completion of
     their intended degree program. In the Exercise Science Graduate Group, this review is completed
     by the Graduate Advisor and the student's Major Professor (if applicable). If the student's progress
     is deemed unsatisfactory, Graduate Studies will notify the student that they have one year to effect a
     change to satisfactory progress or face academic dismissal.


  � Contact one of the current students
   Most of us are here on campus all summer, so feel free to stop by.

  � If you are moving from out of state, begin establishing residency
        a. From the DMV: (
                i. Vehicle registration
               ii. CA driver’s license
              iii. Voter registration
        b. Copy of signed lease.

          If you are moving from out of state, copies of the above items will need to be included with your
     residency application. As you obtain these items, make a copy of them now (while you still
     remember where they are) and keep them with the residency application. This will save lots of time
     for you a year from now when you file for residency again!

          In CA, you can file for residency for the quarter in which you will have been in the state for 12
     months. For example, if you move to Davis in September of 2003, you can file for CA residency for
     the fall quarter of 2004. The application for residency must be submitted before the quarter in which
     you will be a resident (ie in the above example, the application could be submitted in the spring or
     summer of 2004). It is your responsibility to file for residency on time! If you are from out-of-state,
     your fellowship for out-of-state fees is only for ONE year. If you do not file for residency, you will not
     have a fellowship during your second year and you will be responsible for the out-of-state tuition!!

          To file for CA residency, you will need to submit the application for residency form that can be
     picked up from the Registrar’s office in Mrak Hall (to date, the form is not available online). For more
     detailed information about establishing residency, see Again, a great resource for answers to
     questions about establishing residency is the second year students in the program who have just
     completed this process.

  � Obtain UCD student ID
     9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. on September 26) in Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
     UC Davis Photo ID Cards. New undergraduate students who did not attend the Summer Advising
     Program, along with new graduate students, or re-admitted students will receive a UC Davis photo
     ID card. All students must present a valid driver’s license or other valid legal picture identification
     (i.e., current passport or passport-type photograph) in order to receive their photo ID card.

  � Update your local address and contact information
     1. in SISWEB (
     2. with EXSGG Program Coordinator (

  Check the status of your financial aid
     Within SISWEB, you can check the status of your financial aid. Through this website, you can
     accept or decline student loan offers, complete any necessary entrance interviews for loans, and
     verify that fee remissions have been correctly applied. If you are an EXB TA (which most of you will
     be) and you have any questions concerning fee remissions being applied to your account, contact
     Suzie Lee-Tai at (530) 752-2558 ( or Robert Pattison at (530) 752-8847

� EXS Orientation
  Orientation is held during the first week of the quarter, before the first day of classes – the specific
  date will be mailed to you at later time. Agenda usually includes introduction to EXS faculty, EXS
  program overview, funding support, and announcements.

� TA Orientation
  The Teaching Resource Center (TRC) on campus sponsors a day long series of seminars and
  workshops for TAs. The specific date will be mailed to you at a later time.

� Gathering to Kick OFF the Year
  Typically in the evening after the EXS Orientation


In the not so far away future…

You’ll hear it mentioned many times that it is never too soon to begin exploring and working on your
research. The following information is an overview of general requirements and steps that you’ll be taking
along the road to completing your thesis. This list is by no means exhaustive, but is meant to give you some
additional information about what to expect and things to begin thinking about. For more details or if you
have any questions, please contact your advisor or discuss these with your major professor.

The calendar and timeline for your thesis completion and submission can be found on the Grad Studies
website at Write these dates down in your
calendar now and keep them in the back of your mind through this process. It is YOUR responsibility (not
your advisor’s) to be aware of these dates!

1. Selection of Major Professor
   Your Master’s thesis will be completed under the direction of your major professor, who must be a
   member of the EXS Graduate Group. Selecting your major professor should begin over the summer
   before your first quarter. Begin exploring faculty research interests and projects on the web
   ( During your first
   two quarters of your first year, continue contacting faculty in the EXS graduate group and even spending
   time in their labs. Lab rotations are not mandatory for this program, but are highly recommended and
   always very informative. Most faculty would be more than willing to have you shadow their current grad
   students to get a better idea of the research that happens in their lab. It’s a good idea to maintain an
   open mind with regard to the type of research you would like to pursue. Ideally, by the spring quarter of
   your first year, you will have a professor in mind whom you want to work with and have begun exploring
   research interests with them.

   Once you have spoken to the professor of interest about having them be your major professor, let
   Marian Bilheimer know ( and also let the EXS Student Rep know (primarily so
   that the website can be updated and any other information of interest can be forwarded to the correct

2. Funding Options
   As it is never too early to begin deciding on a major professor, it is also never too early to begin looking
   for project funding. For most grant proposals, your research project and goals need to be fairly well
   defined – most likely more so than what they will be before your first quarter. Listed on page 23 of this
   packet are some possible external sources of funding and their websites. It is always helpful to read
   through the funding announcements and application procedures to get a better idea of how external
   funding works. Additionally, Grad Studies has a website of possible internal (UCD) sources of funding
   that can be found at If there are any internal or
   external sources that sound applicable to your research interests, follow up on them with your major

3. Research Proposal
   It is highly recommended that you develop a written research proposal before starting your research (of
   course you may need to perform pilot work and search the literature before you can develop a research
   proposal). The proposal helps you organize your thoughts and allows you to work through the
   methodology and data analysis procedures before you actually start the project. The proposal also
   serves as an informal contract between you and your thesis committee.

   The exact format and detail of your proposal will vary depending on your research advisor, who will be
   integrally involved in the development of the proposal. A proposal typically includes a brief introduction,
   review of the literature and citations, a clear statement of the problem and hypothesis, and an outline of

   the experimental design and methods to be used. A well written research proposal can serve as a good
   foundation for your thesis and help to keep you focused as you work through your project.

   By the nature of a research project, it is likely that certain aspects of your proposal will change as you
   learn along the way and the project progresses. Throughout your project, keep your committee
   members involved and give them updates about changes if they arise. This will limit surprises and
   headache that can happen when you seek committee member signatures at the end of your project
   (which are required for graduation!).

4. Selection of Committee Members
   Your thesis committee should consist of at least three members, including your major advisor
   (sometimes called the research professor) plus two others. Your major advisor and at least one of the
   others on your committee must be members of the EXS Grad Group. You should select members
   based on your research interests, the expertise of the faculty members, and in consultation with your
   major advisor. Your thesis committee is there to help guide you in your thesis research. Use them as a
   resource and continually keep them involved. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP YOUR

5. Presentation to the Graduate Group
   In the early part of October, second-year EXS graduate students give a short, formal presentation to the
   EXS Graduate Group. During your first year, you will attend the presentations given by the second-year

6. Application for Candidacy
   Following completion of most of your course work, typically during the fall of your second year, you will
   need to submit an application for candidacy. This application formalizes the constitution of your thesis
   committee and provides a check to make sure your have fulfilled the program requirements for
   graduation. The application and checklist can be downloaded at

7. Experimentation – Animal and Human Subjects
   Human Subjects:
   All research projects that involve human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the Human
   Subjects Review Committee. You must also complete a couple of on-line courses before working with
   human subjects. This process takes time, so keep this in mind when preparing your timelines. For more
   detailed information, visit the web site for the Office of Human Research Protection

   Animal Subjects:
   All research involving animals must be reviewed and approved. For more information on this topic visit
   the protocol web site provided by the Animal Use and Care Administrative Advisory Committee
   (AUCAAC) at

8. Writing your Thesis

   By the time you are ready to write your thesis during your second year, you are probably very aware of
   the resources here on campus to help you with this process. Throughout your research process,
   document everything you do and write sections of your thesis as you go, i.e. your literature review and
   methods sections.

   There are basically two thesis formats used by EXSGG students. The first is a stand-alone thesis
   format containing common sections such as Literature Review, Methods, Results, Discussion and
   Bibliography. The second involves stand-alone chapters formatted for journal submission. The second
   format is used to limit the amount of reformatting that a student needs to do to submit his/her work for

   publication in a journal. Typically the second format would have Introduction and Literature Review
   sections followed by one or two chapters that contain their own abstract, introduction, methods, results,
   discussion, and references. These chapters would be followed by a more comprehensive discussion of
   the entire project. You should decide on the format of your thesis with your committee members.

   For more general information, the grad studies website has fairly detailed instructions, including
   formatting, typeset, etc. (

9. Submitting your Thesis
   Again, the Grad Studies website ( has a
   checklist for completion and the process of submitting your thesis. The most critical part of completing
   the thesis is getting your committee members signatures on the title page. Filing deadlines approach
   quickly and there is often a tendency for students to wait until the last minute to present their committee
   with what the student hopes is the thesis draft. This can lead to frustration for both the student and the
   committee members. You should stay in contact with your committee members throughout the final
   weeks to ensure they are available and that you give them adequate time to review the thesis.
   Remember, you have to accommodate the three committee members who will likely have different
   views, styles, etc.. You can bet there are going to be some revisions expected so you need to leave
   yourself adequate time to make changes. Normally you will work with your research advisor on
   preliminary drafts of the thesis, sending it to the other members when you and your advisor think it is far
   enough along for review by others. Some professors only like to see the final product when all chapters
   are done, while others like to review them one at a time.

   You should check with all committee members to see what type of review process they would like. Grad
   guidelines suggest giving committee members a month to review final drafts of the thesis. For early
   chapters this can usually be done easily, but later chapters are often not in a final form until near the
   filing deadline. Be sure to interact with committee members about your desired schedule so you don’t
   miss the deadlines you seek.

                                  OTHER LINKS OF INTEREST

   Health Insurance Questions? (Graduate Student Health Insurance, aka GSHIP)
    Cowell Student Health Center

   Academic Calendar from Registrar’s Office

   Graduate Group Faculty

   Grad Studies (

       o   Financial Support
       o   Information for Current Students
       o   What is a Graduate Group?

   TA Resources
       o Teaching Resource Center

   Sexual Harassment Education Program
       o Division of Human Resources, Health and Safety Services

                                       SO YOU’RE GOING TO BE A TA…

Being a Teaching Assistant (TA) is a time consuming but rewarding experience. If you TA, you can expect
the first quarter to be somewhat nerve-racking and time-consuming, but, remember that you have many
resources and experienced people around you to help!!

The following pages are again from the grad student’s perspective and are aimed at providing you with
some information about what to expect, some helpful tips we’ve picked up along the way, and some advice
on what you can do before the first day of class to help create a smooth transition into being a TA. Most of
the information is aimed at those of you who will be a TA for a lab course during your first quarter. If you are
a TA for a lecture course or are a Reader, then only some of the following will apply.

The Basics
    A 50% TA is considered full time for graduate students. Grad students can not be hired more than
      50 % time during the academic year without an exception. What this means is that for the salary
      quoted in your TA offer letter, you will gross 50% of that salary. Similarly, if you have a 35% TA
      offer, you will gross 35% of the salary.

      Student unionization led to some interesting paper trails that you have probably already experienced.
       You can expect to receive a very vague TA offer letter indicating the type of appointment you are
       being offered (ie 50% TA, 35% TA, etc). If you accept that offer, you are sent a second letter
       identifying the specific course(s) that you will TA.

      Your general responsibilities could include any or all of the following:
        instructing your lab section, assisting with another lab section, attending lecture, holding office
        hours, grading assignments, creating and giving a weekly quiz, leading a discussion, reviewing for
        an exam with your class, helping to proctor an exam with the professor.

      Most 50% TA appointments are for undergraduate lab classes. Most lab classes have 12-20
       students. Sometime you will be the TA for one lab section and assistant for another (usually the case
       in EXB104L). In this situation, you will have an assistant there to help you. For example, Mary is the
       TA for Tuesday’s section with Brad as her assistant, and Brad is the TA for Monday’s section with
       Sue as his assistant.

      For most courses, you will hold 2 hours of office hours per week. You can pick the times and days
       that work best with your schedule. If your schedule is not completely set, you can wait until after the
       first week to finalize your schedule and then pick your office hours and days. During the first year,
       most of you will hold your office hours in Hickey room 278. Check with the professor for the course to
       see if there are preferable days/times for office hours. For example, if homework is due on
       Wednesdays, having a Monday or Tuesday office hour might be preferable.

      In general, it’s expected that with a 50% TA appointment, you will spend on average 20 hours/week
       with teaching responsibilities (including preparing, grading, office hours, assisting another lab
       section, lab run-throughs, etc). “On average” is the key phrase in that some weeks you might spend
       only about 5-10 hours and other weeks, you might average more than 20 hours. The amount of time
       spent per week is primarily dictated by you! If you are coming from a background other than
       Exercise Science, you will probably be spending more time per week preparing for labs and
       discussions compared with your colleagues coming from an exercise science background.
       Additionally, as the year progresses, preparing for class and grading assignments becomes much
       easier and, by the end of the year, will probably not require as much time.

Being a TA is lots of fun, very challenging, very time-consuming, and, most importantly, very rewarding task!
The primary key to a successful TA experience is “BE PREPARED”.

General Information
How do you know what to do and where to start??
   Before classes start, you’ll meet with the professor “in charge” of the class. (Again, update your
      email address with the graduate program coordiantor.) If the professor hasn’t contacted you, feel
      free to contact professor and set up a meeting with him/her or find out when he/she will be meeting
      with all the TA’s for the course.

      During the first meeting, you’ll be provided with the lab manual and/or textbook for the course.
       Specific expectations of you will also be discussed during this time, such as attending lecture,
       number of office hours to hold per week, etc. Campus guidelines state that students should be given
       written descriptions of their duties including expected time involvement.

Lab Run-Through
    In EXB104L, before your first actual lab exercise (and before all labs), all of the TAs and the head TA
      will meet to have a run-through of the lab for that week. During this time, you will actually go through
      that week’s lab as a mock trial. In other classes the course professor will arrange some type of run-
      through with you.

      Thoroughly read through the first lab before the run-through. The key to a lab running smoothly is
       for you to anticipate – what equipment might be needed, what questions might the students ask,
       what kind and how many subjects will you test, what is the general flow of the lab if there is more
       than one station, who will be around if I have a questions, etc. The run-through is a great time to ask
       and have answered all of these questions.

      Feel free to ask any questions and make any comments that you may have!! Especially during the
       first quarter, there’s no shame in asking any questions – the equipment here and the procedures
       being used are probably different than those you are used to. So, ask away!! Often if you, as a new
       grad student, are confused with something about the lab, your students will be too. Again, ask

What to do before you meet with your class for the first time

      Syllabus
       o In the past, it has been helpful to put in writing specific guidelines and expectations for the lab
           portion you’ll be teaching.
       o A supplemental syllabus that you create could be as simple as to include your email address (our
           advice is to not include your phone number), your office hours, location of your office hours,
           expectations of class attendance and participation, and consequences of not meeting those
           expectations, policies of late assignments, and the breakdown of grading for the lab. This
           information will most likely be very similar for all the lab sections, but your students should know
           what your specific “rules” are.

      Once you know what section you will be a TA for, set up a class email list - The class list allows you to send an email to one address that
       automatically includes all of the students registered for that class. The class list is automatically
       maintained; if a student adds or drops the course, he or she is automatically added to or removed
       from the list. This way you do not have to type in and maintain all of your student’s individual email

      Begin to formulate your expectations for assignments – the more explicit you are about your
       expectations with your students, the easier the quarter will be for both you and the student. In
       teaching, there is a fine line between telling a student how to complete an assignment and explaining
       how an assignment is best completed.

    Before your first meeting with your students, you may want to review what type of assignments your
    students will be completing and what the grading criteria might be. For some of you, your first year
    may include TAing EXB 104L. This class requires a number of written lab abstracts. The lead
    professor for the class will go over with you what sections should be included in an abstract for that
    class. It might be helpful for you and your students to go over (either before the first abstract is due
    or after the first one has been graded) the sections that should be included in the abstract and what
    the purpose of the sections should be. In doing this, you do not need to tell them explicitly what
    should be included in each section, but give them an idea of what the goal of the section is and what
    information might be helpful to reach that goal. Additionally, if there are things that should absolutely
    not be included, such as subject names, the word “I,” etc. review this with them too and explain why
    they should be excluded.

    In conveying this information to your students over the first weeks of the quarter, the more you have
    thought through it and formed your thoughts, the easier it will be to pass the information along to
    your students.

    TA evaluations (obtained at the end of the quarter) tend to be higher for those TAs that show a
    genuine concern for their students and make an effort to help them learn. Don’t be easy on your
    students – challenge them to learn and expand their knowledge. Think of creative ways to
    demonstrate concepts (games, models, etc.). Students appreciate that little extra effort that says
    “I’ve been there. This is what helped me understand these concepts”. Also, you, as a student, most
    likely learned most from the teachers you’ve had that demanded effort and
    understanding…something to keep in mind.

   On the day of your lab, go down to the lab and ensure that all of the necessary equipment is out and
    ready to be used. If there is enough equipment, you might also want to bring out two of the same
    piece of equipment in case the first piece fails. For instance, have a second mouthpiece assembled.
    Also, in any Exercise Science lab, a roll of tape is always valuable to have handy!

   If your lab section is not the first section of the week, feel free to attend the earlier sections in the
    week to get a better idea of how the lab flows, how equipment works, the jobs students will have to
    do, etc. This will be particularly useful during your first quarter as a TA.

   When something stops working (or you have other questions), Glen Mangseth is the HPL
    coordinator and is usually the first line of defense when something goes wrong in an EXB laboratory
    (though you should try to troubleshoot problems yourself first). His office is in 164 Hickey.

Your first day of class!!!

   Go over the syllabus, either the supplemental one you created or review the syllabus for the course
    created by the professor.

   Let them know that email is vital – especially in a lab class! You will often times be emailing out
    explanations, questions, hints, and/or corrected data to them – they need to have access to this on a
    regular basis.

   Review your expectations with them.
       o Arrive at class on-time.
       o Assignments are turned in on time. What are the consequences if they are not? When are
          the assignments typically due? Can assignments be hand-written? Can students work in
       o Students are prepared for class. All should be aware of what you will be doing that week and
          be prepared to actively participate in the day’s lab.

               For a lab course, everyone should attend class ready to be the subject in case the scheduled
               subject can not participate. For many of the labs that we run, this means athletic shoes and
               workout-type clothes (during warm weather – flip flops can become a big issue!)
           o   They should all be actively participating in the lab and/or discussion.

    Grading takes lots of time, but it is a great opportunity to continue educating your students. The first
      couple of assignments that you grade will take you the longest. Grading is definitely an acquired skill
      that is developed through experience.

      Before you begin to grade, review the lab manual and/or assignment. What are the total points for
       the assignment? What sorts of important points should be included and covered in the various
       sections? As you go through the assignment, jot down some notes about the sections and their
       requirements in order to establish objective grading criteria. It is often useful to read through several
       reports before starting to grade – this will give you an idea of what they will be like and help to
       ensure the first few graded are not graded differently. After all is said-and-done, you may want to
       check a few of the first reports you graded to make sure that your grading scale did not shift.
               The more specific your criteria, before you begin grading, the easier the grading process is.
       For the first couple of assignments that you grade, this will be difficult to generate. It is also
       sometimes helpful to skim over a couple of the papers before you begin actually grading.

      Provide written feedback on the assignments – if points were taken off or if information included is
       incorrect, provide them with an explanation and/or the correct information.

      As your grade the assignments, if several students make the same mistake, write these down.
       During the next class meeting, go over this list with your students.

      Two of the greatest complaints by undergraduate students revolve around unclear expectations, and
       grading practices that don’t agree with stated expectations. Therefore, reiterate your expectations
       many times; once is never enough!

Additional Miscellaneous Information
    Recruit subjects for the following week! Ask for volunteers early and that they know specifically what
       needs to be done in order to be prepared to be the subject. For example, if you are measuring
       resting metabolic rate, the subject ideally would wait to eat lunch until after the test was complete. If
       necessary, remind them with an email the day before lab.

      You will most likely meet with the lead professor for the course on a weekly basis. Feel free to raise
       any questions and concerns during this meeting.

      Again, use your fellow TAs and second-year students as a resource, and ask questions along the
       way. If we can’t answer your question, we may be able to help you find the answer, and we’ll learn
       something too!

                               POSSIBLE SOURCES OF FUNDING

National Institute of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation (NSF) –
       Biomedical Engineering Program and Research to Aid Persons with Disabilities Program

       Bioengineering Research Grant Program

J.C. Downing Foundation

Aircast Foundation

United States Olympic Committee (USOC)

UC Davis Summer Research Fellowships ($4,000)
      Apply through Grad Program Chair

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
      (Grad Scholarship - $1,500)
      Application deadline is April 4th.

The American Physiological Society (APS) Awards, Grants, and Fellowships.
      Programs provide funds to outstanding APS members, young investigators, and scientists to
           continue their research in physiology.
      Contact: Membership Services Office (301) 530-7171
         or the Education Office (301) 530-7132.
      Deadline: Varies with program.

Other student grant information

                              CONTACT INFORMATION
                           CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS

Student Representatives

1. Casey Myers

2. Michelle Maehler

Crocker, George Hayes  
Graham, Karine
Hwee, Darren Ting-Cheung
Maehler, Michelle Louise
Marshall, Benjamin James
Myers, Casey Alexander 
Nevitt, Brian Wallace            NEVIRINO@AOL.COM
Savarese, Catherine Andrea
Simonds, Gregory Christian


                  1. Chair of Exercise Science Graduate Group
                        Dr. Charlie Stebbins,
                        (530) 752-4714

                  2. Graduate Advisors
                        Exercise Physiology Track
                        Dr. Gretchen Casazza,
                        Biomechanics Track
                        Dr. Keith Williams,
                        (530) 752-3337

EXS Faculty                    Campus Address                     Email Address                       Phone
Bodine, Sue C                  NPB                                      752-0694
Brooks, George                 Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley   510-642-2861
Casazza, Gretchen              Sports Medicine              916-734-5632
Chen, Chao-Yin                 Med. Parmacology & Toxicology cych                                      754-6458
Chung, Youngran                Med: Biochemistry and Molecular yrchung                                754-7502
Fathallah, Fadi                Ag & Env. Engr.                      fathallah                         752-1612
Fuller, Charles A.             NPB                                  cafuller                          752-2979
Hawkins, Dave                  Exercise Biology                     dahawkins                         752-2748
Holly, Robert G                Exercise Biology                     rgholly                           752-0637
Jones, James H.                VM: Surgical & Radiological Sci.     jhjones                           752-8528
Jue, Thomas                    Med: Biochemistry and Molecular tjue                                   752-4569
Kreutzer, Ulrike               MEd: Biochemistry & Molecular            754-7502
McDonald, Craig M.             Med. PM&R                            cmmcdonald                     916-734-5293
Schelegle, Edward S.           VM: Anat., Physio. & Cell Biology esschelegle                          752-1177
Stebbins, Charles              Internal Medicine, TB172, UCD        clstebbins                        752-4714
Stover, Susan M.               VM: Anat. Phys . & Cell Biol.        smstover                          752-7438
Van Loan, Marta                Exercise Biology                      752-4160
Williams, Keith R.             Exercise Biology                     krwilliams                        752-3337


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