I have been supervising the preparation of many of the Biology Department's laboratories since 1981.
Here I am, in 1981 with colleagues and friends (and my major professor -can you guess who?).
I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Zoology and German from the University of California at Davis (1977). In 1981 I received my Master's Degree in Biological Sciences here at CSUS (my major professors were Drs. Barrena, Leidahl, and Moser). While completing my Master's Degree, I worked as a Graduate Laboratory Assistant under the supervision of my predecessor who held the position for over 20 years. A few weeks after graduating in 1981, I joined the Biology Department in my current instructional support staff position. I hold a lifetime Community College Teaching Credential and have been teaching science courses for the Academic Talent Search (ATS) Program here at CSUS since 1991.
If you are interested in gaining real work experience while attending CSUS, you may want to consider one of the many opportunities open to you in our Department. You may work as a paid Student Laboratory Assistant (SA) or Work Study Laboratory Assistant (if you have or think you qualify for financial aid)(WS) or - you may gain the same experience while earning credits (sign up for 197B). Finally, if you don't need the money or the credits but you just want a great item for your resume, you may become a Volunteer. Please note that specific application procedure must be followed and paperwork filed for each of the above categories, including the Volunteer positions. You may want to check the rest of these pages for more specific information or, contact our Department Office in Sequoia Hall 202 ( call 916-278-6535). You may also e-mail me directly for more information.
I hope you will find your own experience in the Biology Department to be as rewarding as I have found mine. Jana E. Shober
You can find me , usually wearing my lab coat, in one of the labs between the 1st and the 3rd floor of Sequoia Hall. My new office/lab complex as of 2005 is Sequoia 212.
(Here I am 12/ 2003)
As a laboratory assistant in Biology, you will learn and do many different things - all will in some way be related to the goal of support of the labs. You may work on setting out lab supplies and equipment for the students, preparing solutions, testing specific experiments (actually running the whole experiment before the students run it in the labs) to ensure that they will work, assisting the students while they are carrying out their experiments, growing the microorganisms used in the labs, caring for the animals used in our labs, working on displays and classroom presentations to educate the public about biology, and many other things. If you have an interest in Biology and perhaps a talent to share, I invite you to join us! You need not be a Biological Sciences major to contribute. For example, if you are an artist, you may want to combine science and art in working on drawings of the various animals in our Vertebrate Museum. If you are skilled with computers (familiar with web page design and maintenance) you are needed! If you are a pre-vet student and need experience with care of exotic species, we have opportunities for you. If you are in the teaching credential program, you can work on collecting and organizing teaching resource materials. You can gain valuable experience and get an early start on your career by becoming a teacher's assistant in a specific course. There are endless possibilities in the Biology Department! Come join us!
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