Additional SIFP Programs
Throughout the academic year and the summer, SIFP offers various programs to help develop the next generation of student leaders, provide fellows with professional development opportunities, and create curricular flexibility for STEM majors! Here are just a handful of our current programmatic offerings:
- Sophomore Lil' Buddy Program (brand new!)
- Upperclass Head Fellow Program
- Summer Summer Enrichment Opportunities
- FSI Course Fellows
- FSI Residential College Advisers (RCAs)
- STEM Summer Study Fellows Program
- SIFP ReMatch Fellows Program
First launched in Spring 2017, the SIFP Sophomore Lil Buddy Program is a leadership development program that provides individualized academic, professional and personal mentorship to SIFP sophomores who wish to contribute to the SIFP community. Qualifying sophomores are paired with a junior or senior Head Fellow as well as a Faculty or Graduate Fellow during their spring semester. The goal of the SIFP Sophomore Buddy Program is to develop the leadership potential of underclass students in order to prepare future program leaders.
SIFP Head Fellows are juniors and seniors students who provide personal, professional and academic support to SIFP Fellows through inclusive leadership and ongoing mentorship. More specifically, Head Fellows lead hour-long mentorship groups with ten or twelve underclassmen and –women every week. Consequently, SIFP Head Fellows are mature, generous, supportive and thoughtful campus leaders who seek to develop relationships with underclassmen and create a warm, welcoming environment for the entire SIFP community.
Since Spring 2016, SIFP has welcomed 20-25 new Head Fellows for one-year leadership positions starting the spring semester of their junior year. Head Fellows receive mentorship and support Faculty Fellows as well as ongoing high-touch mentorship from Dean Gonzalez and Dr. Barton. At the start of each semester, they also receive Intensive and inclusive leadership training experience, including facilitation, communication and debriefing skills. Finally, Head Fellows participate in academic and professional development workshops, including a series on the independent research and writing process and another series on professional exploration and development.
In order to build and foster cross-generational mentorship and provide SIFP Fellows with professional growth opportunities, SIFP offers the following summer enrichment opportunities under the auspices of the Freshman Scholars Institute.
- Course Fellows. Course Fellows are experienced peers learners who work with entering first-year students enrolled in the four summer courses that comprise the Freshman Scholars Institute: Ways of Knowing (HUM 250), Laboratory Research in the Life Sciences (MOL 152), Foundations of Engineering (EGR/STC 150), and Visualizing Data (POL 245). Course Fellows gain hands-on teaching experience under the guidance of Princeton faculty members. They also have the opportunity to participate in a pedagogy symposium and conduct independent research with a faculty mentor.
- Residential College Advisers (RCAs). Every summer, 9 RCAs are hired to provide advice, mentorship and guidance to the 80 Freshman Scholars who live, learn and experience Princeton’s campus for the first time through FSI. RCAs plan social events, group outings, and community-building activities for all throughout the summer. They play a key role in creating the warm, inclusive, and welcoming atmosphere that Princeton prides itself on.
- STEM Summer Study Fellows Program. Each summer, approximately 12 Summer Study Fellows take STEM courses at Rutgers and The College of New Jersey that keeps them on track in their major. The program offers room, board and academic support programming. STEM Study Fellows also organize events for Freshman Scholars such as STEM Faculty Mixers and STEM Course Selection Panels. Most significantly, the STEM Summer Study Fellows Program ensures that first-generation, low-income students have the same degree of curricular flexibility as their peers and thus underwrites their ongoing academic success at Princeton University and representation in STEM fields.
- SIFP ReMatch Fellows Program. Each summer, SIFP welcomes approximately 10 ReMatch Fellows – rising sophomores and juniors who conduct independent research under the guidance and supervision of a graduate mentor and faculty supervisor. SIFP ReMatch Fellows also receive room and board. As part of the “FSI Plus” summer community, fellows develop and host events about the independent research process for Freshman Scholars, including sessions such as “How to Get Published as an Undergrad” and “How to Decode a Scholarly Article in the STEM Fields.” Through funded summer research experiences, ReMatch Fellows thus receive early exposure to the world of independent research, making them competitive for future academic and graduate opportunities.