Graduate Fellows

The Science Literacy Program seeks talented, motivated, and hard-working Graduate SLP Fellows to help co-teach general education courses for non-sciences majors. Graduate students will be paired with a faculty mentor from the participating departments (Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Human Physiology or Physics) and will have a portion of their FTE paid by the Science Literacy Program, which is funded in part by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. We are very interested in enhancing the creativity, diversity, and talent of the next generation of science educators, and students from diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. The program offers outstanding opportunities to assist with course development, office hours, lecture/activity/assessment preparation and presentation, and in-class demonstrations.

Benefits and Opportunities

  • Participate in designing and delivering 100-level science courses for non-science majors,
  • Learn about teaching from a faculty mentor,
  • Develop and present class activities and assessments,
  • Experience university instruction from the other side,
  • Develop educational and communication skills,
  • Students are also welcome to join the weekly Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club to learn more about scientific teaching.

See the Application section to see a list of activities in which previous fellows and scholars have participated.

Graduate SLP Fellows Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications

  • We seek talented, motivated, and hard-working graduate students who would benefit from what our program has to offer, and who perhaps would not otherwise have such opportunities.
  • We are very interested in enhancing the creativity, diversity, and talent of the next generation of science educators, and students from diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Permission from research advisor
  • Good academic standing
  • One faculty recommendation from the subject area(s) for the course you wish to assist
  • Subject to approval and GTF appointment from your department

To Apply

  • Submit the online fellow application including short answer questions, an unofficial transcript, and two letters of recommendation.

Application Deadlines

Award Term Application Open Application Deadline Decisions Made
Fall Week 2 – Spring Term End of Week 4 – Spring Term Week 7 – Spring Term
Winter Week 2 – Fall Term End of Week 4 – Fall Term Week 7 – Fall Term
Spring Week 2 – Winter Term End of Week 4 – Winter Term Week 7 – Winter Term
Summer Week 2 – Spring Term End of Week 4 – Spring Term Week 7 – Spring Term

For more information, please contact Elly Vandegrift, Associate Director of the Science Literacy Program.

Graduate SLP Fellow Application

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