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Miranda Chen

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science education research, biology graduate students, graduate teaching assistants (GTAs), teaching anxiety, research anxiety, self-efficacy, coping, professional development

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There is a rising mental health crisis among graduate students. PhD students are 6 times more likely than the general public to suffer from depression or anxiety. For Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs), this may be attributed to role tension, where GTAs have multiple teaching and research priorities vying for their attention. In my dissertation, I study teaching and research anxiety of graduate teaching assistants (GTAs). I hope to understand what contributes to these anxieties and how GTAs cope.

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