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CHEM 1AL (Fall 2014)

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100 93 100 93 85

Comment: Awesome lecturer who would actually be more helpful for explaining some topics than the actual Chem 1A lecturer whenever the material overlapped. Labs were SUPER easy and low-workload (IIRC all we had to do were prelabs and fill out in-class lab reports that were more like worksheets than anything else), exam very easy as well.

CHEM 1AL (Fall 2014)

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100 100 79 100 100

Comment: Dr. Pete was the best. I have never had a more enthusiastic and caring professor ever. I wish he taught Chemistry 1A as well. He truly cared about understanding the material and applying it, and his assignments and lab activities were well thought out. The exam was fine, and he is extremely helpful during office hours (he helps out students in Chemistry 1A as well as 1AL).

CHEM 1AL (Fall 2014)

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100 79 100 100 100

Comment: As dry as this subject is, Pete did a great job of making it less dry. Although many people skip his lectures, go. Sometimes, he straight up does the prelab for you, and it'll be helpful in the long run for the lab exam. A lot of the labs were stupid and had little to do with Chem 1A, though. That being said, this class is much easier than Chem 1A. If you show up on time consistently and follow the directions on the lab, you'll probably get an A. DO NOT BE LATE FOR THE POLYMER PRESENTATION; there aren't many assignments in this class, so if you oversleep that one day, it actually takes a giant toll on your grade. You're allowed to drop your lowest lab though, so that's chill. Lab exam was chill, although if you screw up on a question at the top of a page, then you screw up the rest of the page. Still, most of your grade depends on your lab grades, so the lab exam isn't generally going to make or break your grade. I know someone who got a C on the exam but ended up with an A minus in the class because of her A minus average on labs. They say they don't curve the class, but really, they do.

CHEM 1AL (Fall 2014)

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85 81 89 77 100

Comment: Pete makes this class really easy. A lot of people didn't even go to lab lecture, but I found it pretty useful, since Pete went over the content necessary to be successful in the lab for that week. He also gave away answers to the pre-lab a lot, which was nice because they can get pretty long and tedious. Other than pre-labs, there is no out of class work for Chem 1AL. As far as the lab lecture goes, Pete is very chill to the point where it is easy to fall asleep in his class, but he tried to keep us awake and alert by doing goofy things in front of the class like dancing. I appreciated that he did all of his lectures on the blackboard because it was a nice change from all of my other classes, which used powerpoints during lecture. My GSI for Chem 1AL was nice and somewhat useful, but I think the real key to your success in this class is your lab partner because you will work with them during every lab for the entire semester, so choose wisely! The lab exam isn't worth much of your grade, and it is very easy if you attend the review sessions beforehand. Also, if you can get a copy of a lab exam that Pete wrote in previous years, the lab exam that you take at the end of the semester will be very similar with a few things tweaked, so it's a very useful study resource.

CHEM 1AL (Fall 2014)

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83 69 89 100 78

Comment: Your experience in this class is really dependent on your GSI.

CHEM 1AL (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
99 61 69 81 98

Comment: AWESOME professor, explains things well, really dumbs the material down so you understand it. His lectures are easy to follow and he's so funny and charismatic that they're never boring. Always open to answer questions, and tries to integrate 1A content into labs so it helps with that course too. The labs were super easy, pretty much minimal effort. GSIs grade really leniently too. The lab exam was easy, but I didn't study for it so it wasn't flying colors easy. Overall I think I got an 89 but there was a generous curve for some reason (which I don't get, considering everyone said the class was easy), so it turned out to be an A. I'm a happy gal! :D Way way way easier than Chem 1A was, and much easier than 3AL with Pedersen :(

CHEM 1AL (Fall 2013)

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95 82 100 77 88

Comment: Super chill/hilarious professor. He basically gives you the answers to the homework during lecture. However, sometimes the labs tended to be rather disorganized but his lax grading policy makes up for it. Getting an A in this class is definitely possible if you exert some effort. The lab final was very easy and required no studying if you pay attention in Chem 1A.

CHEM 1AL (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
91 83 73 77 100

Comment: Start labs early because some take a long time. As long as you answered all the questions, you got full points. Marsden is really chill. The final was tough but he offers extra credit.

CHEM 1AL (Fall 2013)

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99 97 99 99 99

Comment: SUPER easy lab class, and Marsden is seriously the coolest professor!!! Most of the GSIs are really helpful and good; this class could be a lot harder if you have a bad GSI though.

CHEM 1AL (Fall 2013)

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92 68 95 100 96

Comment: Marsden is such a down to earth guy whose jokes and pop culture references made the terribly boring lab lectures go by a little faster. The prelabs on sapling are sometimes confusing, and can get really long, but go to lab lecture (or get notes off a friend) because he goes over most of the prelab in class. The labs themselves are pretty easy, and if your GSI is nice, you'll often be let out an hour early or when you finish the lab.

CHEM 1AL (Fall 2013)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: Relatively boring course, but amazing lecturer!

CHEM 1AL (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 100 100 100

Comment: Pete is sooooooo awesome and humorous!!! Chem labs are always interesting! Take classes with him!!!

CHEM 1AL (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 64 89 100 100

Comment: Pete makes lab so interesting!! His approach to general chemistry with applications such as polymers, bio-ink, and bio-fuel keeps things intriguing, and makes the subject feel less theoretical and more practical than Chem 1A does. Pete's a hilarious and incredibly clear lecturer; he's the only one of my lecturers this semester to use colored chalk and make full use of color coding, which was AWESOME. Pre-lab sucks sometimes because the method for getting the answer isn't always clear; go to Pete's office hours!! He's funny, is phenomenally helpful, and has a comfy couch. Lab actually is three hours, and sometimes more if you need to finish your lab report. Try not to put another class directly after your lab section, or you will be late to it rather often. Lab exam was cake, I way over-studied and got a 97%. Very excited that this awesome guy is teaching Chem 3A next semester!

CHEM 1AL (Fall 2013)

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82 100 83 89 100

Comment: Pete was awesome! You should definitely take the lab and the class at the same time because I think the school thinks you'll learn a whole bunch of new concepts during the lab, but you won't. The only reason I did well on the final exam is because of the class itself. However, Pete makes learning chemistry enjoyable, and during office hours he is really helpful.

CHEM 1AL (Fall 2013)

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69 56 77 43 42

Comment: His lectures make people feel asleep. Not quite inspiring in teaching.

CHEM 3A (Spring 2015)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
96 81 78 50 94

Comment: He's the best

CHEM 3A (Spring 2015)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
86 37 89 73 89

Comment: As an earlier reviewer said, Pete takes the stigma away from organic chemistry. It was hard to believe that the material we were learning was what so many people have deemed "the subject of horrors," or something along those lines, when Pete made the material so approachable. Chem 3A with Pete was definitely much easier than Chem 1A with Arnold. I enjoyed the fact that everyone in this class came in with no prior knowledge, unlike most pre-med courses in which the majority of the people in the class already have AP/IB credit, making it nearly impossible for those with no prior exposure to do well. I received an A in this class, and I kid you not, all I did to study was do the packets as I went along in the course and take the practice exams posted online before each exam, which are very reflective of the actual exams, as a heads up, since they were written by Pete himself. I never touched the textbook and just used Pete's lecture notes as a reference. The most difficult part of the course is the reactions section at the very end, since Pete goes through them very quickly, but honestly, you just have to sit down and memorize them. There is no other way, sadly, unlike the earlier sections of the course that had little to actually memorize. My main advice is to not get behind on the packets. Yes, they are super tedious and long, and it is very tempting to just copy down blindly whatever the answer key says sometimes, but the packets are the way that you learn in this class.

CHEM 3A (Spring 2015)

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98 100 83 94 96

Comment: Pete is an awesome professor who cares about his students. He provides thorough problem sets which prepare you well for quizzes and exams. This class is hard. The first half isn't too bad, but it really speeds up after the second midterm. You need to spend a lot of time to succeed in organic chemistry, but Pete makes that easier with good problem sets and tests that correlate to these. His office hours are also quite helpful.

CHEM 3A (Spring 2014)

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100 100 76 90 100

Comment: Best ochem professor ever! Take Ochem with him and you would love it!

CHEM 3A (Spring 2014)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 80 70 90 98

Comment: THE BEST. Very excellent at actually teaching and cares a lot about students.

CHEM 3A (Spring 2014)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
96 95 86 100 100

Comment: Pete is awesome! I think I only managed to survive Ochem because he was the lecturer. I learned all of my current notetaking skills from him, and I also really liked that he wrote everything that he wanted us to know on the board. It made my notes super helpful. He's also super approachable and friendly!

CHEM 3A (Spring 2014)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
90 100 100 80 100

Comment: I have Peter Marsden to thank for my love of chemistry. There is a stigma that surrounds organic chemsitry, and Marsden does everything to remove it. He makes the material approachable, enjoyable, and doable. Marsden wrote all his own problem sets and gave out solutions online, which was incredible on his part and prepared us well for exams (all of which were hilariously easy if you did the homework). He is very enthusiastic during lecture; in all honestly, he's a performer. He has us all cracking up almost every lecture. He's funny and entertaining, which helps make such an intimidating class approachable. He is the ideal teacher for this kind of class, one that is still lower-division but with the potential to be difficult. Do all of the homework and the exams will be cake. Also, GO TO HIS OFFICE HOURS. He is incredibly helpful and fun, and it's thanks to those that my understanding of the material was so deep and thorough. My complaints about this class are the pacing and the material focus. Marsden's pace fell to a common issue for Ochem 1 classes: going very slow with the basics, and then RUSHING LIKE CRAZY when it came time to memorize all the reactions. Memorize your reactions or you will sink in this course. Lastly, Marsden often let us know what we needed for the test, but to the point where it seemed like we skipped over/dumbed down some concepts for the sake of not needing them on exams, which cheats such wonderful material as organic chemistry. Overall, Pete's great. He's fantastic, and I would highly recommend him and his class to anyone with lower-division chemistry in their future.

CHEM 3AL (Spring 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
97 97 100 100 91

Comment: Pete is a phenomenal professor! He tries to make jokes every lecture (lol) and sets you up pretty well for labs every week. NMR is really fun and you'll learn to enjoy it with him as your professor!

CHEM 3AL (Spring 2013)

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93 88 99 98 97

CHEM 3AL (Spring 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
83 84 100 79 100

Comment: This was a much better lab experience than Chem 1al. Pete is great, funny, and helpful, as he actually explains what you will be doing in lab. Reading the textbook helps. ICLR questions are exactly as in the textbook. Extra credit options are offered, and the final is very easy. I also had a very helpful and easy-grading GSI, Rong Ye. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this class. I got a solid A.

CHEM 3AL (Spring 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
93 82 94 76 69

Comment: Best! Got A+ just like that. :) he tries to be funny in lecture~

CHEM 3AL (Spring 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 100 73 71

Comment: The grade you get is essentially determined by your GSI. Pete's final is very simple. Very good lecturer. Prelabs are time consuming though. Be careful with your observations.

CHEM 3AL (Spring 2013)

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100 99 100 100 100

Comment: He is very helpful when you ask questions either during office hours or after lecture. When I was struggling with NMR, he created a practice problem and taught me good strategies on how to do NMR problems. I would highly recommend going to his office hours if you are struggling with NMR. His lectures are also usually clear, although a little rushed and boring at times. The lab exam at the end of the semester was very easy if you understood the concepts from the NMR worksheets and all of the labs, and if you paid attention to what he said during the last review lecture. Grading on lab observations/prelabs and the in class lab reports depends on your GSI. Overall, I would recommend Professor Marsden.

CHEM 3AL (Spring 2013)

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27 100 100 50 100

Comment: Chem 3AL was not a difficult course. However, I thought that Pete Marsden was not a good professor. He seems so laid-back and funny which many students like. However, I thought his explanations were not great since he seemed like he didn't take things seriously. For me, that made it frustrating. He speaks with a laid-back southern californian accent (he is from LA) and I'm sure that almost every student liked him (not me). I will say that his molecular drawings and arrows were very neat. However, he goes over labs a WEEK AHEAD than the lab you are doing that week. I didn't find this helpful at all. The hardest part about 3AL is NMR. DO NOT SKIP lab lecture when you learn NMR the last few weeks. It is a tricky subject to grasp and lab lecture actually helps a little to learn the material.

CHEM 3BL (Spring 2013)

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91 67 97 89 85

Comment: Such an awesome instructor! He made the lab lecture a class I actually looked forward to going to O.o. Some people (those who range more on the sensitive side) may be a little off-put by his sense of humor and wit, but it makes the class easy to pay attention to (a difficult task since it was in the evening). He purposefully tried to make the final as easy as possible to give us a break from the difficulty of chem 3B, and it was a nice break from a semester full of difficult exams. He assigns a lot of work to do, but it's pretty straightforward, so as long as you do it you should do pretty well in the class.

CHEM 3BL (Spring 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 70 91 100

Comment: He's the best!

CHEM 3BL (Spring 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 87 100 100 100

Comment: I can only WISH there were more lecturers/teachers/people like him at Berkeley/in the world. Colored chalk, Justin Timberlake obsession, really cares about students, rad futon in his office, and his assignments are painfully helpful. Unlike 3AL where you could get an A without going to lecture, you MUST go to lecture for 3BL (you will LOOK FORWARD to lectures because he's awesome). However, do not do Monday lab lectures if you're concurrently enrolled in 3B because the 3B exams are on Monday too. And you really need to be good at NMR to be able to do them every week, but if you go to lecture, he will really help you know what you need to know to do the experiment. Try to get a Thursday or Friday lab because you'll have more time to do the prelab stuff, which can be a pain in the butt. Try to do the the discussion questions and the questions at the end of each experiment after you do the experiment instead of trying to do them all before the ICLRs because that will save you time and sanity. Overall, I highly highly highly recommend Pete...Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Good luck!

CHEM 3BL (Spring 2013)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: What can I say...Pete is amazing! My favorite professor at Cal so far! He is funny and a great lecturer. He writes in color chalk and is awesome! NMR: not my favorite, hated it, but was bearable because of him. YOU MUST GO TO LAB LECTURE IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WTF YOU ARE DOING!...trust me you are going to wish lecture was longer! P.S. I wouldn't do Monday lab if I were you...same day as OChem exams for me...it was kinda bad

CHEM 3BL (Spring 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
88 87 100 76 100

Comment: PETE PETE PETE PETE. Totally rad. Chem 3AL and 3BL both have a very generous grading scale, so it's not hard to do well. The course grade consists of two in class lab reports (which are the discussion/conclusion questions from the book, verbatim), an easy final (multiple choice + a worksheet similar to one of the prelabs), and your labs, which are made up of your prelab worksheet, augmented prelab, observations, and NMR. The prelab components, which I believe are new, really help with understanding the lab, so if you're reading this, Pete, good on you! If you don't have a good grip on NMR, this class will be tough as you have to do an NMR packet for every lab. Go to lecture! Pete is helpful and sets you up well for the week's experiment.

CHEM 3BL (Spring 2013)

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89 86 100 73 100

Comment: Going to lab lecture is a necessity for Chem 3BL since he goes over the NMR and important concepts to know. I loved his sense of humor, and going to lab lecture was definitely a highlight. His explanations for some of the reactions aren't that clear, but you should be learning them in 3B lecture anyway. Although each prelab was a lot of work, I felt I learned more than I did during 3AL. His lab exam is MC and free-response based on the prelab worksheets.

CHEM 3BL (Spring 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
70 50 100 100 100

Comment: Lab lectures were very helpful. Only complaint I have is that the pre-labs and spectra were time consuming.

CHEM 3BL (Spring 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
97 73 93 87 100

Comment: Pete is a great instructor who thoroughly goes through what to expect with each experiment. If you go to the lab lecture the class should not give you any problems. Pete frequently made adjustments mid-week if he found students were struggling with experiment, luckily I had lab on Friday. He told the class EXACTLY what to expect on the exam and he did not disappoint. NMR is the most difficult part of the class, but he spends a lot of time on it and he explained it well. A couple times during the semester he stopped by the lab during experiments to check on how things were going. Overall, a great instructor!

CHEM 3BL (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
92 70 83 70 95

CHEM 3BL (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 72 93 100 82

CHEM 3BL (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

CHEM 3BL (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
82 93 91 100 100

Comment: "Pete" is a pretty cool guy, very laid-back in his demeanor and teaching style. I liked that his lectures were very straight-forward and he would explain the tricky parts of that week's lab. Also if you get the opportunity to talk to him during lab, he is actually very helpful because he doesn't use complicated terminology or anything like that. Overall a pretty good lecturer although his lectures can be boring.

CHEM 3BL (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
91 70 90 75 88

Comment: Tries to make everything as easy and pain-free as possible and mostly succeeds. In class lab reports reduce time spent outside of class on 3BL and questions are given to you beforehand (they're the same as the ones in the textbook). Final exam was very easy with extra credit! Good sense of humor, always enthusiastic about Ochem and makes lecture go by fast.

CHEM 3BL (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
81 74 79 79 71

Comment: Very enthusiastic and funny guy. Spends most of the lab lecture talking about lab. Overall, his lab final is very straightforward.

CHEM 3BL (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
89 91 96 71 88

Comment: Marsden is a pretty awesome guy, but his lectures aren't too organized. He does talk about the lab a lot though, which is a definite plus. The labs were alright; each week was just doing a prelab and a nmr worksheet. All the assignments in this class are very straightforward, including the test and the two in class lab reports.

CHEM 3BL (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
90 50 100 100 100

Comment: Marsden made lab lecture actually fun. His stuff is pretty easy but 3BL has a lot of busy work. Some people think that he's kind of annoying but I think the guy is really funny. He actually talks about lab during lecture so it's as if he's just giving you answers to parts of the labs. Good guy.

CHEM 3BL (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
99 85 89 86 100

Comment: Marsden is very enthusiastic about chemistry and dedicated to making the class as interesting as it can be. His tests are pretty straightforward, which is something that can't be said of many of the ochem classes I've taken before.

CHEM 3BL (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 72 89 100 100

Comment: The greatest lab instructor ever. Very engaging and keeps you awake during class! He also empathizes with the students haha. He canceled quizzes because he knkew the hassle of making and and taking them. The only down side is that his requirements for pre-lab was a lot sometimes but overall the best lab instructor!

CHEM 3BL (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
71 50 50 28 40

Comment: Although he is a pretty good lecturer for the most part, he wastes time telling students "Trust meeeee" when he doesn't feel like explaining something too complex for that level of ochem. It's kind of funny the first time he says it, and the second time.. by the 50th time I wanted to yell at him to stfu. You're the professor, what do you expect us to do, lets move on! lol just a pet peeve of mine.. Oh I also rated him low on helpfulness because my friend and I didnt understand one part of his answer to a question, and when asked to clarify, he just repeated exactly what he said before, basically restating the question, and looked at us confusedly, almost incredulously, as if it was ridiculous that we couldnt understand. Thanks, professor.

CHEM 3BL (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
80 41 74 82 77

CHEM 3BL (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
96 55 72 100 100

Comment: Pete is awesome! He's super nice and chill and helpful if you ask him questions. His exams are also very fair and he tries to make as many practice sets for students as possible so they can be prepared.

CHEM 3BL (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
97 79 90 90 100

CHEM 3BL (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 65 63 100 100

Comment: This guy is awesome, totally knows how to connect to students. May seem a bit dull during lecture, but he's very helpful in office hours regarding both 3B and 3BL material.

CHEM 3BL (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
77 50 50 50 96

CHEM 301A (Fall 2014)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 86 80 100

Comment: Being an Undergraduate Teacher Scholar was a fantastic experience! I worked with Chemistry 112A students, which was a lot of hours per week but also very rewarding. Marsden is fun to work with, as is Robak, and the program teaches you a lot about teaching and the undergraduate experience the College of Chemistry is trying to provide students. Also, the program is being researched, so you may get to be a part of that! You do have to take the lab exam for your class twice, which is no big deal but is kind of annoying. I wish the seminar was more helpful and featured more chemistry education topics, as opposed to seemingly random discussions on cheating and logistics. Overall, fantastic, looking forward to returning!

CHEM 301A (Fall 2014)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 72 82 100 100

Comment: Yo be a UGSI because you get to hang out with Pete aka the coolest guy you'll meet at Cal ever.

CHEM 301C (Spring 2015)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 100 100 100

Comment: Pete is a great instructor for the Teacher-Scholars seminar. He was particularly lax this semester, likely because he was really busy with teaching Chem 3A, and a lot of the course this semester was built around the UGTS's. For example, we had two content exams so that research could be done on us and the program, and meetings were cancelled for the Bio 1AL exam dates. I really enjoy being a UGTS, especially since Pete is so involved. This position is a great opportunity to teach and refine your knowledge of the material; after two semesters in it, I highly recommend the UGTS program!