Rules and regulations pertaining to undergraduate teaching assistance and the Pongrác Endes scholarship
The most outstanding students at the UD can be involved in education as unpaid undergraduate teaching assistants (UTAs). On a proposal by the Council of Students' Scientific Association, the contract of employment is granted by the dean of the specific faculty of the UD in which the student works as a UTA. The UTA system aims to acknowledge hard-working and successful students participating in SSA work and teaching. In case of successful scientific work, active UTA work and outstanding academic achievement, the deans of the Faculty of Medicine and of the Faculty of Health Sciences may decide to grant the Pongrác Endes scholarship on the recommendation of the CSSA.
2. Calls for application for the Pongrác Endes scholarship is announced by the dean of the Medical Faculty and in this effort (s)he may be joined by deans of other faculties involved in medical and health care education. Applications may be submitted by students who work as undergraduate teaching assistants in an educational unit of the faculties of Medical and Health Sciences at the UD. If a student cannot fulfill his / her teaching duties due to staying abroad or any other engagements, (s)he is obliged to resign from the scholarship in writing.
3. The Pongrác Endes scholarship and the position of unpaid UTA are granted at the beginning of each semester and valid exclusively in that single semester. The deadline for submitting applications cannot be before the end of the first week of education in the program starting the semester the latest (except final year medical training at the Faculty of Medicine, UD). Based on the ranking list, the CSSA offers unpaid UTA positions or refuses to grant a post.
Conditions to take the post of unpaid UTA:
1. at least 14 classes per semester
2. at least 4.0 average credit index (mean of the last two semesters). For sixth-year medical students the average of the two semesters in the fifth year has to be considered. In the case of first-year students in the master’s program, the averages of the last two semesters (including the bachelor course) have to be considered.
Requirements of Pongrác Endes Scholarship
- Employment as UTA in the given semester
- Teaching a minimum of 1 semester previously as an unpaid UTA
Requirements of Pongrác Endes advanced scholarship
- Employment as UTA in the given semester
- At least 4.5, as the average grant index for employment as UTA
- Receiving Pongrác Endes scholarship for at least one semester previously
- A first-author presentation at a local SSA conference at the University of Debrecen, or a first author research essay submitted to and accepted by the Council of Students’ Scientific Association at the University of Debrecen.
Pongrác Endes scholarship is disbursed at faculty level in the form of a grant. A student without an UTA status may also pursue a teaching activity by the decision of the head of a Teaching Organizational Unit (TOU); however, this may not be considered equivalent to a UTA status. The possible remuneration of this activity depends on the decision of the TOU where the student pursues a teaching activity.
4. Applications for an UTA status as well as the Pongrác Endes scholarship must include the exam grades of professional subjects, the grant index of the previous two semesters (in case of a 6th
year student, the grant index of the two semesters of the 5th
year), the time period of SSA activity, a brief summary of SSA results and previous UTA commissions.
5. Students must submit their applications to the CSSA electronically using the form available on the CSSA website. Having been submitted electronically, the filled-in form must be submitted in a printed version as well to the TOU where the student intends to pursue his/her UTA activity. The head of TOU ranks the applications and indicates the suggested commission on them, i.e. the number of hours of UTA activity in the given semester. The SSA advisor of the TOU forwards the applications to the CSSA administrator. Only the applications submitted both electronically (by the student and forwarded to the CSSA administrator by the TOU) in a printed format can be considered valid. Failure to submit either of these versions or any difference between the sections in the form filled in by the student will mean the application is invalid.
6. The CSSA may have the contents of the applications checked by the Educational Office at the Dean’s Office of the FOM and then it will rank the applications in accordance with the requirements based on SSA and teaching activities.
7. The amount of the Pongrác Endes scholarship (in both categories) is determined by the current budgets of the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Public Health, University of Debrecen. Its disbursement takes place at faculty level, in the current month, together with other student grants. The final decisions on both the number and amount of scholarships offered are made by the deans of respective faculties.