SIFP Summer STEM Fellowship

STEM Study Fellows take credit-bearing summer courses at Rutgers University and/or The College of New Jersey and participate in ongoing academic programming at Princeton in order to achieve academic success. Our office is currently accepting applications for the upcoming summer 2020. 

Summer STEM Study Fellows: Position Description

Summer STEM Study Fellows have the opportunity to make use of their summers as rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors to take or re-take foundational coursework (e.g. Introductory Physics, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry) necessary for successfully completing their STEM requirements. Most courses take place at an external university local to Princeton (i.e. The College of New Jersey and/or Rutgers University). MAT 104 (Calculus II) will, however, be offered on Princeton’s campus by a member of the MAT department faculty.

For students receiving any form or amount of Princeton grant aid, there is no charge for the on-campus courses or for the Summer Scholars Program.  Tuition, room, and board are provided free of charge and students receive a stipend of $50/week for books and miscellaneous expenses. In addition, students receiving grant aid who are commuting to take courses at local Universities through the Summer Scholars Program will receive a stipend for transportation. Students who do not receive grant aid from the University will not be charged for tuition, but will be billed for the cost of room and board (approximately $4,500) and will not receive stipend or transportation funding.  All participants must live in assigned campus dorms and take part in the program’s assigned meal plan.

Summer STEM Study Fellows are welcomed into the existing FSI Plus community on Princeton’s campus, which includes incoming Freshman Scholars as well RCAs, ReMatch Fellows, and Course Fellows for the four FSI courses. In exchange, Summer STEM Study Fellows participate in an ongoing professional development and research workshop (5hr/week), help design and implement enrichment programming and events for FSI Freshmen, and engage in the academic and co-curricular FSI community to provide informal mentorship. Throughout the summer term, Summer STEM Study Fellows are expected to make ample use of McGraw Center peer tutoring and academic support resources. They are also expected to find and engage in a local service or professional development opportunity that is suited to their individual goals.  In exceptional cases, non-STEM rising sophomores or juniors meeting all the other criteria and have a curricular need for a summer course not in the STEM disciplines will be considered for this opportunity.


ON Campus MAT 104 Course Description

The MAT 104 summer 2020 course is the second semester of the standard three-semester calculus sequence.  This summer 2020 course is an accelerated eight-week course that will provide an alternative pathway through the MAT sequence.  Students may take MAT 100 in fall 2018, MAT 103 in spring 2020, and MAT 104 in summer 2020.  The course will also provide an opportunity for students who need MAT 104 prior to beginning their sophomore year, but who have not been able to complete the course during the fall or spring semester of their first year. 

The course will be instructed Dr. Jonathan Fickenscher and Dr. Tatiana Howard, with the support of Dr. Jennifer Johnson.

MAT104 develops two closely related clusters of topics:

  • Techniques and applications of integration (area, length, volume) and an introduction to differential equations
  • Analysis of the convergence of infinite series and improper integrals, and related techniques for approximation including Taylor’s theorem with remainder.
  • Time permitting, we will include a discussion of polar coordinates, parametrizing curves and complex numbers.

The course emphasizes the development of mature problem-solving skills through problems that require sophisticated pattern recognition and the ability to apply and adapt multiple techniques to solve a single problem.  The topics in this course are of fundamental importance in the natural sciences, engineering, and finance.

The course will run from June 22th-August 14th with finals the week of August 17th.



MAT103  or equivalent is the required prerequisite.  But this course also requires expert familiarity (without a calculator) in working with the standard library of functions: polynomials, rational and root functions, logarithms and exponentials, trigonometric functions and their inverses.  This includes solving equations with these functions, computing their derivatives, and sketching their graphs.  Problems tend to involve multiple techniques and fluency in all the standard algebraic manipulations


Summer STEM Fellows receive:

  • Room/board for the length of the course (if receiving grant aid)
  • Grant funding to replace the cost of the course
  • A small stipend ($350) (if receiving grant aid)
  • Transportation stipend to/from the site of the course, if applicable.
  • Tailored academic support and co-curricular resources to ensure their success in summer coursework
  • Structured, ongoing research workshops, including sessions on reading scientific literature, finding and communicating with faculty mentors, proposal writing, conference presentations, etc.
  • The opportunity to participate in and benefit from the summer FSI Plus community, which includes Freshman Scholars as well as sophomores and upperclass students serving as Course Fellows, RCAs, ReMatch Fellows, etc.
  • Individualized academic and professional development opportunities, including workshop sessions on finding STEM internships, resume-building, and writing cover letters

Requirements and Expectations

In addition to attending course sessions and successfully completing and transferring the course (with a grade of C or higher) and completing all relevant coursework to the best of their ability, Summer STEM Study Fellows are expected to:

  • Participate in weekly research/professional development workshops
  • Take full advantage of McGraw peer tutoring and group study sessions.
  • With the guidance of Dr. Shaw and in partnership with Summer ReMatch Fellows, plan, organize and produce an academic and/or co-curricular programming event for students (ie: a Faculty Mixer, a Decoding the Poster Session Workshop, etc.) for Freshman Scholars
  • Find and participate in an external summer service or professional development opportunity tailored to individual goals (e.g. volunteer opportunities with Pace; Tiger Challenge, shadowing a doctor, hospital volunteer, etc.)
  • Participate in a SIFP summer mentor group
  • Provide informal mentorship to Freshman Scholars
  • *Please note that students who do not successfully complete and transfer their course to Princeton credit will be asked to pay for the cost of the unsuccessful course.


  • Current SIFP Fellows in good standing
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Demonstrated academic need
  • Approval from a residential DOS/Dean; department representative; and HPA (pre-health advising) or Dean Peter Bogucki (EGR) if applicable.
  • Successful application to SIFP STEM Summer Study Fellows Program (due to Christy Kahler in 36 University Place, Suite 350 by 5pm on Wednesday, March 11th)
  • Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the STEM fields who are interested in and have a curricular need to take the equivalent of PHY 101-102 or 103-104, CHM 201-202, Organic Chemistry, or Calculus—or another pre-approved STEM course.
  • In exceptional cases, non-STEM rising sophomores or juniors meeting all who meet all the other criteria and have a curricular need for a summer course not in the STEM disciplines.


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

  • Come to an SIFP Summer Opportunity Info Session on February 10th at 5:00pm in SIFP HQ.
  • You can find more information about the Freshman Scholars Institute at
  • Feel free to contact Dean Khristina Gonzalez (Director of FSI) at or your residential college dean.

Important Dates:

February 10th: Info Session (5-6:30)

March 11th: Applications due at 5pm

April 1st: Candidates notified of committee’s decision

Week of April 6th: Mandatory Information Sessions

April 8th: Award acceptance deadline; additional confirmation paperwork due

April 10th: Course Registration Deadline; Financial Aid Bill Submission Deadline