Teaching/Mentoring Opportunities for Postdocs

The opportunities below are offered by other departments on campus and have been made available to Postdocs at SBU, BNL and CSHL through arrangements organized by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Stony Brook. Most are volunteer positions with no payment made for your services. Please see the contact names under each opportunity for further information.

Freshman 101 - 1 credit
(Recruitment for instructors begins annually in February for the following fall semester and closes once all instructor slots are filled)

Interested in gaining some teaching experience? Opportunities exist at SBU through the Undergraduate Colleges Freshman 101 courses. All first-year undergraduates are required to be associated with an Undergraduate College and to take Freshman 101 in the fall. (Classes are capped at 19 students.) The purpose of any 101 class is to help students transition from high school to college; in essence to acclimate to SBU.

The Undergraduate Colleges are themed as follows:

  • Arts, Culture, and Humanities
  • Global Studies
  • Human Development
  • Information and Technology Studies
  • Leadership and Service
  • Science and Society


Teaching the course requires a 15-week commitment, one hour per week in the fall semester. In addition there is an all-day orientation held in August that you must attend, you must volunteer at one event, and attend three instructor meetings throughout the course of the semester. Teaching a 101 course is a volunteer position: No payment for your services is provided.


You must complete the online preference form. You can list your preferred time and days to teach as well as your preferred Undergraduate College. The Undergraduate College that you preference need not necessarily be associated with your academic background: You could choose an Undergraduate College that appeals to your passions or hobbies. You must, however, be familiar with or educate yourself about campus resources and general degree requirements. For an in-depth look at topics discussed, view Lesson Content.

Once you complete the online preference form, you will be asked to have a 15-20 minute in-person or phone interview and then sign an instructor agreement. Preference is given to those who have either taught before; have a basic knowledge of SBU; and/or have knowledge of education research and trends in higher education.

Requirements and Resources

  • You are required to have the permission of your PI through his/her signature on the 101 Instructor Agreement form
  • You are provided with a template syllabus as well as sample lesson plans
  • Students are given an Etext they are required to read which the 101 instructor is required to discuss with them in class
  • You are not required to issue any home work or tests
  • There are three team meetings with Undergraduate College advisors and instructors that you must attend but that are meant to serve as a resource and help hotline for new instructors

For more information on this program, please visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/ucolleges/101/.

Online preference form
101 Instructor Agreement
You can download a copy of these instructions here

For all questions and submission of the 101 Instructor Agreement form, please contact via email: Jonathan Ragone at jonathan.ragone@stonybrook.edu.


Howard Hughes Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship

Howard Hughes Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships are available through the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at Stony Brook University. This is an excellent opportunity for you to gain valuable teaching experience. You must have an outstanding research record; an outstanding academic record; a commitment to excellent teaching; the permission of your PI; and an intent to apply for a tenure-track position.

Each fellowship is $3,000 and requires the following for application:

  • An essay on professional goals
  • A letter of support from your research mentor
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Interview

If you feel you meet the above criteria and you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, the application needs to be completed and mailed to Judy Nimmo, Dept. of Biochemistry & Cell Biology, 094 Life Sciences Building, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5233.


WSE 242 Society and Gender in Science and Engineering

The course below is offered by the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) program for undergraduates at SBU. Female Postdocs from SBU, CSHL and BNL are eligible to teach 1-2 lectures in the course upon approval of the instructor. There is no compensation given for lecturing in this course. If you are interested in gaining this classroom experience, you must contact the instructor via email at Sharon.Pavulaan@stonybrook.edu at least 1 month prior to the beginning of the course. Along with your request to lecture, please include a proposed topic relevant to the course description.

WSE242 Fall (M/W 5:30-6:40 pm) Spring (day and time TBD)
Course description:
A study of the social context in which modern science operates with an emphasis on women’s historic and current participation. Students examine how social issues and gender influence scientific inquiry and policy.  
Text (in library) V. Valian: Why So Slow - The Participation of Women

The major topics discussed are:  

  • Participation of women in science: cultural factors, media influence, development of gender schemas, and gender roles
  • History of women in science, and their exclusion from the scientific patriarchy
  • The wage gap and other measures of gender discrimination
  • Current topics as they arise


WSE 187 Introduction to Research

Each spring the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) program at SBU offers WSE 187 for first-year WISE woman, a very successful Introduction to Research course. The students are divided into small groups of 5-10 members and rotate from lab to lab participating in different hands-on research experiences during the semester. The research experiences are in diverse areas including Engineering, Mathematics, Life Sciences, Physics and Social Sciences. Projects are designed and implemented by faculty, postdocs or graduate students, and while most of the rotations are at SBU, there will be two on Saturdays at BNL in spring 2013. The projects can be a piece of the ongoing research in your laboratory or an activity that demonstrates the essence of your field. The total commitment is about 11 hours. Many of the WSE 187 students continue on as research assistants in project leaders' laboratories, making this a beneficial experience for all involved.

This teaching/mentoring opportunity is for postdocs at SBU and BNL; there is no compensation given for participating in this program; and you must procure the written permission of your PI as these students will be in the lab working with you. If you would like to participate or have any questions, please contact either Carrie-Ann Miller or Kristine Horvat by October 19th with the following information:

  1. How many students can you accommodate in your session(s)?
  2. What is the title of the activity? Please send a short description.
  3. Written permission from your PI.


WISE High School Program

The Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) program for undergraduates at SBU offers mentoring opportunities to both male and female Postdocs from SBU through their high school program. The HS program entails working on a project in your lab with 4-8 (depending on lab space and experience) high school juniors for five sessions in either the fall or the spring semester. Mentors can participate in both fall and spring but would have different groups of students - thus can do the same project in both semesters if repeating. The objective of the five sessions, which meet after school for approximately three hours (usually from 2-5 pm or 3-6 pm), is to introduce students to the laboratory environment and science research with the ultimate aim of having the students go on to college and careers in science or engineering.

In addition to working on the project with the students, you are encouraged to share you own personal stories, and introducing students to other related events or labs on campus is encouraged - e.g. tours of the greenhouse, laser center, hospital, a colleague's lab, attending a special lecture, an interesting exhibit in the SAC, etc. 

There is no compensation given for participating in this program. You must also procure the written permission of your PI as these students will be in the lab working with you. If you are interested in this mentoring opportunity, please contact Sharon Pavulaan via email at Sharon.Pavulaan@stonybrook.edu in advance of the beginning of the semester. You should include:

1. Your CV: be sure to include any prior experience you might have had working with younger students
2. A description of the proposed project
3. The written permission of your PI

The Postdoc will also need to review some of the courses on the Environmental Health and Safety website (www.stonybrook.edu/ehs/training/online-training.shtml) to become familiar with which chemicals minors are not to handle and any other pertinent training relevant to working with students under the age of 18.


One-on-One Mentoring Opportunities

Postdocs at SBU, BNL and CSHL are invited to work with senior high school students through the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) program as one-on-one mentors. There are no planned activities involved for this type of mentoring, and scheduling is flexible - based on the mentor/mentee availability. There is no compensation given for participating in this program. Interested parties should contact Sharon.Pavulaan@stonybrook.edu.

Room 2438, Computer Science Building, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4433 Phone: 631.632.7531 Fax: 631.632.7243