College of Arts and Sciences

Biology

How to Apply

GeoKids LINKS (Learning Integrating Nature, Kids, and Science) Fellowship Programs

This program places M.S. in Biology graduate students into schools as a part of their training in science. Graduate LINKS Fellows receive 12-month stipends of up to $18,000 and a full tuition scholarship. Fellows work with children's educators from the Wagner Free Institute of Science and elementary school teachers to develop and present science lessons to children in grades K-6. The lessons are organized into semester-long units, which include Environmental Science themes. Fellows and their SJU faculty mentors serve as content resources for the Wagner educators and the public school teachers, and are role models and teachers for the children. In addition, Wagner educators and public school teachers assist Fellows in becoming familiar with pedagogical methods in K-6 education and with working in urban schools.

To be eligible for the Fellowships, Graduate Fellows must be accepted into the M.S. program in Biology.

No prior experience with K-6 education is required, but reliability, flexibility and a willingness to work as part of a multidisciplinary, multicultural team are necessary.

Fellowship Duties and Activities:

•    Receive training during a workshop in August
•    Be involved in training sessions throughout the academic year
•    Meet bi-weekly with the program staff
•    Lead discussions on topics relevant to their activities
•    Implement hands-on science lessons in the classroom
•    Develop necessary instructional materials
•    Participate in ongoing assessment activities of the program
•    Spend 15 hours per week on their duties

Fellowship duties require driving to the Wagner Free Institute of Science and Philadelphia Public Schools.  Fellows are required to provide their own transportation.

For graduate Fellows, these duties replace the lab preparation and teaching duties normally performed as a part of paid assistantships.

Deadline for receipt of applications is February 15.  Early submission is encouraged.  Fellowships for this year will begin on August 15th, 2015. 

Please note you must also complete the standard SJU Application for Admission to the M.S. in Biology Graduate Program.  This may be requested from the Graduate Admissions office at 610-660-1101 or found here.

Prospective Undergraduate Fellows

Interested undergraduate fellows please contact Caitlin Fritz.