Summer 2020 Associates for Science and Engineering Research Academy

by Vash Doshi, Graduate Career Peer
Thursday, October 03, 2019 11:20 AM

Are you a STEM Graduate Student interested in teaching at a university, research, and mentoring? Then consider joining this program through Summer Sessions! Every year, Summer Sessions offers a 4-week pre-college program—Science and Engineering Research Academy (SERA)— that provides qualified high school students (residential and commuter) an introduction to the research enterprise through project-based, directed research in various fields. This program will provide students a hands-on experience and professional development by allowing them to choose and develop a research topic specific to the program track (e.g., Nanotechnology, Marine Biology, Global Studies etc.) they select under the direction of the Teaching Associate and Teaching Assistant (TA). Lastly, by taking a 4-unit course (INT 93LS: Introduction to Research in STEM fields), students will also experience the rigor of taking a college-level class.

Summer Sessions is now recruiting Teaching Associates to lead courses in this academy.


  • Doctoral degree objective must be in a STEM, humanities or social sciences related field
  • Master’s degree or advancement to candidacy (by Spring 2020)
  • One year teaching experience as a Teaching Assistant
  • Must be a current student at the time of appointment and enrolled in Spring 2020 units
  • Strong desire to teach at a university level

Submit the following documents (electronically) to Anne Croff

  • Updated CV
  • Teaching philosophy (1 page)
  • Short course description that a) outlines the general theme with sample topics that will be covered in the lecture; b) sample list of labs to be performed by students; and, c) sample research questions that students could investigate during the program. (1 page)

For primary consideration, applications should be submitted no later than Friday, October 18, 2019. Interviews will be conducted at the end of October so that so that research topics can be finalized and associates will have the academic year to develop the course.

$4,626 (with advancement to candidacy)
$4,276 (without advancement to candidacy)

For more information please click here.