FSI COS Course Fellow

Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI)

The Art and Science of Computer Programming (COS 125)

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). 

COS 125, The Art and Science of Computer Programming: Course Description
This course is an introduction to computer programming for students with little to no previous experience. Students will learn to write, read, and reason about computer programs. Topics include conditionals, loops, sound, animation, arrays, and functions. This course offers an alternative arts-inspired presentation of the first half of the material covered in COS 126.


Computer Programming Course Fellow: Position Description
Course fellows will be responsible for helping students work on in-class exercises and debug their Java programs. In our Tuesday and Thursday sessions, fellows will visit with students working on a set of multiple choice questions and coding exercises and be available to answer questions or explain the course material. On Fridays, fellows will help students debug programming assignment code. Course fellows will also be available for one-on-one review sessions and coding help.

Our ideal candidate is someone who can: connect with a wide variety of students, encourage them to ask questions, and, can explain the course content from a range of different perspectives. If you can do this, while, also, highlighting the real-world impacts and inherent beauty of computer science, you'd no doubt make an excellent course fellow.


Note: Because of the time commitment involved in the position, Course Fellows may not also take part in a full-time summer research opportunity, including but not restricted to ReMatch and OURSIP.



Ways of Knowing 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 COS 125 instructors
  • 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 28 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
  • Attend class meetings on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, where you'll help students work on in-class exercises and programming assignments.
  • Support students with one-on-one debugging help, including, potentially, some nights and weekends.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings.
  • Assist in grading and providing feedback to students.
  • Optionally, lead supplemental study groups or tutoring sessions.
  • Providing mentorship, curricular and co-curricular support to Freshman Scholars both in- and outside of class



  • We are looking for students with strong technical ability and stronger communication skills. At a minimum, course fellows must have taken COS 126 (or placed out) and one other COS course. Students with significant teaching experience are strongly encouraged to apply. 


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



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