Preparation in STEM Leadership Program

The Preparation in STEM Leadership Program is funded by the NSF Directorate for Undergraduate Education (DUE) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) #1432394.

What We Do

The Preparation in STEM Leadership (PSL) Program provides an opportunity for academic peer leaders (tutors, study group leaders, etc.) to participate in advanced training. Through this training, peer leaders improve their communication, leadership, and group management skills. They also have the opportunity to earn scholarships and partner with faculty conducting educational research.

Who We Serve

All academic peer leaders (PLs) in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines at Rutgers University are invited to apply to the program.

Participants in the PSL Program will benefit from

  • scholarships for participation in training 
  • observations, feedback, and mentoring related to job performance, growth and development, and assessment responses
  • experience designing and conducting discipline-based education research

Participants in the related research project will benefit from

  • observations, feedback, and mentoring related to assessment responses, job performance, and growth and development over the course of the semester
  • All research procedures and protocols have been approved by the Rutgers Institutional Review Board (IRB).

How We Train

Peer leaders will participate in the following activities:

  • Co-enrollment in 3-credit, 300-level Peer Instruction Education course
  • Ongoing professional development training
  • Participation in seminars/workshops led by professional trainings from STEM industry
  • Ongoing assessment of learning outcomes with continuous feedback and mentoring

Apply for the PSL Program

Applications have opened for the PSL Program for the 2015-2016 academic year. Please visit our PSL application webpage for information about applicant eligibility and program requirements, and to submit an application form.

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For more information, contact Principal Investigator Dr. Mary Emenike or Co-Principal Investigator Stacey Blackwell.