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In any given semester, about 2,000 GSIs are working with Berkeley students in studios, labs, and discussion sections. The work of GSIs on campus is essential to both the GSIs’ professional development and the education of Berkeley students. Peg Skorpinski photo.

GSIs develop significant professional skills through teaching on campus. For a discussion of these skills, please see The Transferable Skills of Teaching (Berkeley Box account required). Peg Skorpinski photo. 

The GSI Center and the campus celebrate outstanding GSIs and their faculty mentors through four award programs each spring: the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, the Teaching Effectiveness Award for GSIs, the Teagle Foundation Award for Excellence in Enhancing Student Learning, and the Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs. See the GSI Center Awards page for details. Peg Skorpinski photo.

Faculty mentoring is an essential feature of professional development for GSIs. All faculty supervisors of GSIs are expected to provide them with mentoring in teaching. Each year GSIs nominate excellent mentors for the Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs. Pictured: Angela Marino (Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies), and Steven Justice (English) receive their award surrounded by GSIs and students. See Award Recipients for full list of faculty recipients. Peg Skorpinski photo.