FSI EGR Course Fellow

Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI)

Foundations of Engineering (EGR/STC 150)

Course Fellow Job Description
Summer 2020


Apply HERE by Monday, March 16th!

Freshman Scholars Institute: 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. In the summer of 2020, FSI will begin on June 27th (Saturday) and conclude on August 14th (Friday). 

Foundations of Engineering: 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. 

EGR Course Fellow: 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: ~30 hours/week



EGR Course Fellows will receive:

  • Room and board during the FSI term, beginning June 22 and ending August 21. You are responsible for your own housing beginning 5pm on August 21.
  • A small stipend of $350
  • 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 8-10 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

Course Fellows should plan to be in residence and remain on campus from June 22 to August 15. They will spend approximately 30 hours per week on the following responsibilities:

  • Attending and participating in a 2-day training on July 24 and 25
  • Attending and helping to facilitate FSI Orientation on July 28 and 29
  • 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 rockets
  • 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 on August 13 and 14

Required Dates/Times

EGR Course: M, T, TH (1:30-4:30); F (9-12)

EGR Study Sessions (3 evenings/week, tbd)
Colloquia and Family Dinner – Wednesday evenings
2-day FSI Staff Training – June 25 and 26
FSI Orientation – June 28 and 29
Re-Orientation Workshops: August 13 and 14
All Community Closing BBQ: August 14


  • 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


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