Summer Study Fellows - for non-Princeton courses
Summer Study Fellows have the opportunity to make use of their summers as rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors to take or re-take fundamental courses* at another US institution if the course is necessary for continuing enrollment at Princeton and/or is a lab sequence necessary to continue on a chosen academic path.
- Students who have two course deficiencies, in terms of progress toward degree. Students in this case are eligible to take a single course at an external institution and will be provided with funding for the cost of tuition up to ~$5000 plus a stipend to help offset the cost of living expenses, depending on their AY financial year status.
- A rising junior CBE major who has not yet completed Differential Equations. Students in this case are eligible to take a single course at an external institution and will be provided with funding for the cost of tuition up to ~$5000 plus a stipend to help offset the cost of living expenses at a rate of 220/week of the course.
- A rising sophomore pre-health student who did not successfully complete CHM 201 and/or 202 or a rising junior pre-health student who did not successfully complete CHM 301 and/or 304. These students will then be eligible to take one or two of these courses at Rutgers University, while living on Princeton’s campus. Grant will be provided for tuition, room, board, and transportation. See below for details.
- A rising sophomore who wishes to pursue Engineering but who has not yet completed General Physics 1 and/or 2. These students will then be eligible to take the General Physics Sequence at TCNJ while living on Princeton’s campus. Grant will be provided for tuition, room, board, and transportation. See below for details.
In order to be eligible for the Summer STEM fellows program, a student must also:
1) Have received grant aid from Princeton University in the preceding academic year, as determined by the Financial Aid office.
2) Have demonstrated academic need to take the course (s) (see above for criteria).
3) Have not participated in the Summer Study fellowship program in prior years
4) Be an enrolled Princeton student in Spring 2023 and plan to be enrolled in Fall 2023.**
*Please note that students interested in taking MAT 104, 175, 201, 202 or PHY 110 should apply to take the Princeton summer offerings of those courses; the Summer STEM fellowship cannot support these courses at other institutions. You may not take more than two courses in any one summer.
**Students eligible for reinstatement in summer 2023 may apply with the approval of the Residential College Dean.
Students must be supported in their academic candidacy for this opportunity by their Assistant Dean or Residential College Dean, the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and/or the Director of Health Professions Advising, as applicable.
As a SIFP Summer Study Fellow, your award includes:
- Tuition Grant
- You will receive grant aid to cover the cost of the course and fees, excluding late registration/drop fees, for up to $5000/course. You will be required to register for the course and to submit your registration prior to grant payment.
- Living Expenses (Rutgers/TCNJ Courses)
- If you are enrolled in the equivalent of CHM 201, 202, 301, 304 at Rutgers University or PHY 103-104 at TCNJ, or another eligible Rutgers/TCNJ course through Summer STEM:
- The following is the estimated cost of attendance for these courses:
- Food/Housing = $540/Week
- Books/Personal= $88/week
- Travel= 75/week in local transportation costs
- Students may choose to live on campus or in town. The room rate on campus is $267/week. Students who choose to live on campus will be required to take a meal plan for at least 14 meals/week ($183/week). Students who live on campus will be placed in the Emma Bloomberg Center Room block; we cannot guarantee a particular room arrangement/roommate.
- Students on financial aid will receive a grant to help cover the cost of food, housing, books, personal, and local travel for their attendance (see above for budget) based on their academic year financial aid. For instance, if a student receives aid for 50% of tuition during the academic year, they will receive a grant to cover for 50% of their food, housing, personal, books, and travel expenses based on the estimated cost of attendance. Students receiving financial aid that covers their full tuition and living expenses will receive a grant to cover these estimated costs in full.
Students may opt to take these courses at another approved University (if, for instance, they would prefer to live at home or near another work opportunity). In this case, the student’s funding would be based on the budget below.
- Living Expenses (Non TCNJ/Rutgers courses)
If you are enrolled in a course through Summer Study at an institution other than TCNJ/Rutgers:
- The following is the estimated cost of attendance for these off-campus courses:
- Food/Housing = $178.20/Week
- Books/Personal= $88/week
- Students on financial aid will receive a grant to help cover the cost of food, housing, books, personal, and travel in their attendance based on their academic year financial aid. For instance, if a student receives aid for 50% of tuition during the academic year, they will receive a grant to cover for 50% of their food, housing, personal, books, and travel expenses based on the estimated cost of attendance. Students receiving financial aid that covers their full tuition and living expenses will receive a grant to cover these estimated costs in full.
SIFP STEM Study Fellows are expected to:
- Regularly attend, participate and engage in every class session.
- Complete and submit all required coursework on time.
- Complete the transfer of all courses to Princeton no later than September 30th, 2023.
If you drop your course after the free course drop period, you will be expected to reimburse the program for the cost of the course and any incurred housing or food costs. In the case of a medical or personal emergency, you can appeal to drop the course without penalty to your Residential College Dean and Dean Gonzalez. If you do not transfer the course to Princeton for credit, you will also be expected to reimburse the program for the cost of the course and any incurred housing, stipend, or food costs.
***Please remember that in order to transfer your summer course credit to Princeton, you must earn a C or higher in the course.***
Part One: Short Answer
- Please briefly describe which of the eligibility criteria you meet and how these online courses fit into your course of study. In particular, please outline why you need these particular courses to continue in your chosen course of study at Princeton. (You will submit this answer to your Dean/Assistant Dean as well as on the application form).
Part Two: Course Approval Process .
Remember: If you have any questions throughout this process (which we know is complicated!), don’t hesitate to reach out to Dean G or your Residential College Dean or DOS.
Step One: Identify your course
- Identify a course that meets the criteria outlined on this form (reviewing carefully the “Guidelines for Approving Courses at Other Institutions”
- Find the course syllabus for your chosen class.
- Hint: Sometimes, you can find the syllabus for your course on the course catalog website under “synopsis” or on the offering department’s webpage. You can also google the title of the course. If you can’t find the syllabus for your particular class online, you may email the professor and request the syllabus or you can call the offering school’s department, Registrar, or Summer Session office.. Don’t give up! This can be an annoying search, but keep looking. Occasionally, Princeton departments will accept syllabi from past semesters of the same course, but this is not always guaranteed, and will usually require some confirmation that the material taught this summer will be similar to the material taught in prior semesters. Try to find the syllabus from the course that you will be taking.
- Find a listing of the class hours (and lab hours) and an official schedule showing the first and last days of the course session.
- Hint: You can find this information on the course catalog website.
- Please do not use a past version of this course, even if the instructor has promised the topic and materials will be the same. You need the SUMMER 2022 listing.
- Complete the first section of the new “Approval for an Online Course Taken at Another Institution” form.
Step Three: Meet with your DOS or Dean
- Email your DOS/Dean with 1) the course syllabus, 2) the “Approval for an Online Course Taken at Another Institution” form with step one completed, 3) your answer to the short answer question above.
- Be prepared to have a conversation with your DOS/Dean in which you think through your academic trajectory and how this course may fit into your longer-term goals.
- If your DOS/Dean confirms your eligibility for the Summer STEM program, make sure to ask them about the transfer course approval process—get their advice on how to approach this process and the department representative!
- Have them help you identify the appropriate Princeton Director of Undergraduate Studies to approve your course.
Step Four: Obtain pre-approval from the relevant department
- Send the “Approval for a Course Taken at Another Institution” form and supporting information (syllabus, list of course dates and times) to the appropriate Director of Undergraduate Studies. They will decide if the course may be approved, and will sign your form.
Step Five: If applicable, obtain pre-approval for departmental or program requirements
- If you are seeking to have the course fulfill a requirement or prerequisite for a concentration (other than step 4, the equivalent department) or a certificate program, you will need to send the form and supporting information to the appropriate department or program director.
Step Six: If applicable, get Dean Peter Bogucki’s approval signature
- If you intend to use the course as a prerequisite for BSE, you must also get a signature under “STEP THREE” of the “Approval for a Course Taken at Another Institution” form from Dean Peter Bogucki.
Step Seven: If applicable, meet with HPA advisors
- If applicable, you should set up a meeting with Kate Fukawa-Connelly or Sachiko Datta in HPA to ensure that this plan will work with med school admissions criteria.
Step Eight: Submit forms to your DOS/Dean
- Send your DOS/Dean the “Approval for an Online Course Taken at Another Institution” and submit it to your residential college.
- Have your DOS/Dean send you a signed copy of your “Approval for a Course Taken at Another Institution”
Step Nine: Submit!
- Submit your completed application form no later than April 10th, 2023, at 5:00 PM EDT.