FSI Resident Graduate Student

The three Resident Graduate Students (RGSes) play a crucial role in the administration of the program, serving as liaisons between the undergraduate students (participants and Residential College Advisers) and FSI program administrators.

What is the Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI)?

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 two credit-bearing seminar-style courses and/or laboratory research 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 22nd (Monday) and conclude on August 18th (Tuesday). 

What does an RGS do?

The three RGSes have the following primary responsibilities during FSI, which they undertake with the support of a Director of Student Life, Momo Wolapaye, and FSI’s Associate Director, Dr. Ashlee Shaw:

  • Facilitating weekly “core group” meeting of FSI Residential College Advisers (RCAs), a group of approximately eight undergraduates who act as advisers and mentors to the incoming freshmen;
  • Assisting with the programming of non-academic activities for FSI participants, especially on evenings and weekends;
  • Promoting the programs developed by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning designed to provide participants with academic support (study halls, academic skills workshops);
  • Offering developmentally appropriate advising;
  • Living in the residence hall and maintaining safety within the residential community;
  • Coordinating with the Director of Student Life (DSL) and the Associate Director of the Freshman Scholars Institute to respond to any crisis situations;
  • Ensuring strong communication between the RCAs and the FSI program administrators and promoting the smooth operation of the program in all ways necessary.

When is the program?

June 22 – August 18, 2020.  All RGSes are expected to live in the residence hall throughout the duration of the program but will coordinate a schedule when each RGS is specifically “on call” and expected to be available at all times.  

RGSes need to be on campus by June 20th or 21st, 2020 and take part in RGS training on June 22nd.

In addition to the summer commitments, RGSes should plan on attending 4 professional development trainings and staff meetings in late April and early May (dates and times TBD).  


What is the time commitment involved?

Approximately 20 hours per week, with evening and weekend work required.

How is the RGS compensated?

The RGS receives a taxable stipend of between $4,500 and $5,000, plus free board and room for the duration of the program. (NB: A salary range is provided, as total compensation over the summer cannot exceed the limit set by the Graduate School.)

Who is eligible to be a RGS?

Eligibility is limited to enrolled or post-enrolled Princeton graduate students. Only in rare exceptions will non-Princeton graduate students be considered. Preference will be given to students who have completed their general exams before the start of the program.

How does the application process work?

If you are interested in the position, contact Dr. Ashlee Shaw (ashlee.shaw@princeton.edu) or Momo Wolapaye (momo@princeton.edu).  A completed application (including the names and contact information of two references, one faculty) must be submitted electronically to fsireply@princeton.edu by noon on Wednesday, March 11th.  After an initial review of applications, those candidates whose credentials seem to most closely fit the needs of the position will be invited to interview in late March.  Please keep in mind that a background check is required upon being hired.