Foundations of Engineering Course Fellow Position

Foundations of Engineering (EGR/STC 150)

Course Fellow Job Description Summer 2021 

Program Overview 

FSI is a seven-week summer program that allows a cohort of entering students the chance to experience the intellectual, co-curricular, and social life at Princeton prior to the beginning of the fall semester. During the program, Freshman Scholars immerse themselves in the intellectually vibrant culture at Princeton through seminar-style courses and laboratory experiences. They engage with fellow scholars in a variety of co-curricular, community-building activities, and work closely with faculty members from a range of academic disciplines and fields. By experiencing early the many resources that Princeton has to offer, Freshman Scholars have the chance to prepare themselves to be future campus leaders and peer mentors. 

Given the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, FSI will be held entirely online this summer, and all students, faculty, and staff, including Course Fellows, will work remotely. The Course Fellow role in FSI will begin on June 27th and conclude on August 13th. 

Course Description

The purpose of Foundations of Engineering is two-fold. First, it provides a project-based introduction to engineering that mixes electronics, mechanical construction, and computational data analysis. Second, it provides a firm theoretical foundation for the project in both math and physics. The course is comprised of three, integrated parts: lab, math and physics.  In lab, students will have the opportunity to build, test, and iterate the design of a rocket. Complementing the lab experience, lectures and precepts engage students using meaningful hands-on activities and problem sets that enhance their physics and mathematics content knowledge.  

Position Description

EGR Course Fellows are experienced peer learners who work with students enrolled in EGR 150. Fellows facilitate group study both in and out of classroom time in order to help introduce students to the foundational quantitative and analytic skills they will encounter in EGR 150 and throughout their career at Princeton. Fellows will also help students gain strategies for successfully approaching complex and long-term assignments and will assist students while they work on problem sets, lab reports, and building/testing rockets.

In addition, Course Fellows will meet with members of the EGR/STC 150 teaching team to discuss course progress (approximately 2 hours per week of the program); lead supplemental weekly study group or tutoring sessions at night and on weekends (approximately 5 hours per week of the program); attend 2 EGR course sessions per week; and contribute overall to a welcoming and inclusive academic community during FSI. 

Training and Pedagogy Symposium

Course Fellows will also participate in an inclusive pedagogy symposium which meets once/week. In this seminar, students will learn research-based approaches to inclusive, student-centered teaching in STEM and non-STEM fields, and reflect on and apply their own teaching and learning experiences.

Total Commitment: ~25 hours/week


EGR Course Fellows will receive:

•       Compensation at $20/hour, with the expectation of ~25 hours/week.

•       Mentorship from the EGR faculty, McGraw staff, and the FSI administrators.

•       Intensive and inclusive pedagogical training

•       Teaching experience with a diverse undergraduate population


Pre-FSI commitment:

FSI Fellows should plan to spend approximately 5 hours preparing for FSI in April and May on the following activities:

•       Attending professional development trainings and staff meetings

•       Attending a pre-course workshop on inclusive pedagogy, including the completion of a set of readings.

Program Commitment:

EGR Course Fellows will spend approximately 25 hours per week on the following responsibilities:

•       Attending and participating in FSI training on June 23 and 24, including any necessary prep work.

•       Attending and helping to facilitate FSI Orientation between June 26-28.

•       Completing an inclusive pedagogy symposium and all related work.

•       Facilitating discussions during lecture and labs to support students’ understanding of course concepts and skills.

•       Assisting students while they work on homework and building/testing drones.

•       Leading supplemental study group or tutoring sessions with students during nights and weekends.

•       Attending and participating in ongoing professional development trainings and weekly staff meetings to discuss course progress.

•       Providing mentorship, curricular and co-curricular support to Freshman Scholars.

•       Participate in a SIFP summer mentorship group.

•       Attending and helping to facilitate FSI Reorientation in August.


•       Mature undergraduate students with a passion for mentoring and teaching

•       Rising sophomores who have previously enrolled in and completed EGR/STC 150 during FSI 2017 and/or rising juniors and seniors who have successfully completed MAT 103/4 and PHY 103/4 OR EGR 191/2 OR EGR/STC 150 OR EGR 151/2 coursework at Princeton

•       Candidates should possess strong MATLAB Skills including numerical integration, differentiation/integration, and graphing



Do you have questions about the position or about FSI in general? Try these options:

•       You can find more information about the Freshman Scholars Institute at

•       Feel free to contact Dean Khristina Gonzalez at or Dr. Andy Hakim at


The deadline to apply is March 22, 2021 via the following link: