FSI MOL Course Fellow

Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI)

Laboratory Research in the Life Sciences (MOL 152)

Course Fellow Job Description

Summer 2023


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 2023, which we anticipate teaching in-person, FSI will begin on June 28th (Monday) and conclude on August 18th (Friday). 


MOL 152 Course Description

“Laboratory Research in the Life Sciences” (MOL 152) is an experiential lab course in which students engage in original laboratory research. Although lecture and discussion are incorporated as needed, by far the largest part of the course consists of authentic hands-on research carried out by student teams. Students learn how to perform essential laboratory techniques, to design experiments, and to analyze and interpret experimental data. Students gain experience in both written and oral presentation of scientific results.


MOL 152 Course Fellow Position Description

MOL Course Fellows are experienced peer learners who work with students enrolled in MOL 152. Fellows facilitate group study both in and out of classroom time in order to help introduce students to the foundational quantitative, analytic, and writing skills they will encounter in MOL 152 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 experiment design and execution and lab reports. 



Course Fellows will gain:

  • Room and 3 meals/day beginning June 27 and ending August 18
  • An additional $17/hr for 20-25 hrs/week during the 8-wk FSI term 
  • Mentorship from FSI staff and instructors
  • Intensive and inclusive pedagogical training in reading, writing, critical thinking, and study skills
  • Teaching experience with a diverse undergraduate population



Total Commitment: ~25 hours/week


Pre-FSI commitment

FSI Course Fellows should expend to spend approximately 10 total hours prepping for FSI prior to June 28 on the following activities:

  • Attending professional development trainings and staff meetings 
  • Communicating with and disseminating information to accepted Freshman Scholars


Program Commitment

Course Fellows should plan to be in residence and remain on campus from June 27 to August 18. They should plan to spend approximately 25 hours per week on the following responsibilities: 

  • Attend and participate in a 3-day training on June 28-29
  • Attend and help facilitate FSI Orientation on July 2-3
  • Attend and help to facilitate FSI Reorientation on August 17-18
  • Serving as a peer mentor during lab in order to help facilitate student learning and application of course materials to lab work and experiment design.
  • Attending and participating in ongoing professional development trainings and weekly staff meetings to discuss course progress
  • Assisting students while they study, read and work on lab reports and problem sets.
  • Leading supplemental weekly study group or tutoring sessions at night and on weekends as designated by the faculty.
  • Providing mentorship, curricular and co-curricular support to Freshman Scholars 



  • Mature undergraduate students with a passion for mentoring and teaching
  • Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who have previously enrolled in and completed MOL152 and have completed MOL214Candidates should possess strong laboratory, quantitative, and critical thinking and writing skills
  • Candidates should have strong Excel skills


Deadline to Apply: Monday, March 20, 2023 12:00 PM (noon) EDT



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