College Fellows Program
The Undergraduate Colleges provide an opportunity for motivated emerging leaders to
become Undergraduate College Fellows and serve as peer mentors in their in their sophomore
year. Upon acceptance into the program, prospective Fellows enroll in the Undergraduate
College Fellows Seminar during the spring semester of their freshman year. Following
completion of the seminar, students are fully recognized as Undergraduate College
Fellows and participate in welcoming the next class of freshman students at Orientation,
Opening, and in the First-Year Seminars. Fellows serve as Teaching Assistants for
the Freshman Seminar 101 and are required to register for a Fall Teaching Practicum.
Why become an Undergraduate College Fellow?
• Be a member of an exciting leadership opportunity on campus
• Represent the student perspective in your Undergraduate College
• Work in a small community with other active students
• Work closely with faculty and staff to plan events in your Undergraduate College
• Become a mentor for next year’s incoming first-year students
• Receive training in teaching and learning concepts to become a Teaching Assistant
for FYS 101 and FYS 102 courses
• Earn Stony Brook course credit for participating in the program
Want to learn more?
Attend a virtual interest meeting via Zoom!
Thursday, October 15 from 8:30-9:30 AM
Monday, October 19 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Tuesday, October 27 from 1:00-2:00 PM
Friday, November 6 from 7:00-8:00 PM
Wednesday, November 11 from 5:00-6:00 PM
ZOOM MEETING LINK
Why become a Fellow?
Be a member of an exciting leadership opportunity on campus
Represent the student perspective in your Undergraduate College
Work in a small community with other active students
Work closely with faculty and staff to facilitate events in your Undergraduate College
Become a mentor for next year's incoming first-year students
- Receive training in teaching and learning concepts to become a Teaching Assistant
for FYS 101 and 102 courses
- Earn Stony Brook credit for participating in the program
James Olszlewski, GLS Fellow
The fellows program has been instrumental to my collegiate career. It has helped me
to feel like I was part of something small. You are probably surprised to hear me
say small. It seems in life we strive to be part of something bigger than ourselves,
but I think finding ourselves part of a smaller community can be even more of an enriching
experience. The College Fellows program was a way for me to be interconnected with
the smaller community of my Undergraduate College of Global Studies and the even smaller
community made up of my Undergraduate College Fellows class and the GLS team.
Vincent Justiniano, GLS Fellow
Through the Fellows program, I became much more comfortable with being a leader on
campus. Before this, I was the quiet type who just goes to classes then heads home.
But the Fellow program made me feel like I belonged to something special. Joining
the Fellow’s program was one of the greatest decisions of my life and I benefit from
it every single day.
Mykaela Copeland, SSO Fellow
If someone asked me to sum up my Undergraduate College Fellows experience into one
word, I would have to say transformative. Prior to being a fellow, I had a hard time
adjusting to college life. The stress of being away from home for so long and the
new expectations and demands of college life became a lot to handle. I would not have
applied to the Fellows program had it not been for my SSO 101 instructor, Patricia
Bremer, who saw something in me that I had yet to see in myself. For which, I will
always be grateful. Through the Fellows training class, I became more confident in
my leadership abilities. I learned how best to reach and connect with students of
diverse backgrounds. I also was able to establish very strong, genuine, and lasting
friendships. The other fellows in my cohort not only shared similar interests as me
academically, but they also shared very similar personal goals as well. We quickly
bonded into a very tight-knit family, being there for one another inside and outside
of class. That sense of community better connected me to Stony Brook University (SBU)
and drastically improved my freshmen college experience. Being a fellow also motivated
me to get involved with other activities around campus. I was truly able to recognize
the impact and contributions I was providing to better campus life.
Hiba Hashim, ACH Fellow
When the fall semester arrived and I began my teaching assistant position, I realized
that being a fellow was definitely well worth it. This is the part of the job that
impacted me the most. It was an incredible feeling knowing that my students trusted
in me enough to confide in me and look to me for guidance through their first semester
at Stony Brook. In addition to that, being a fellow was an awesome networking experience
that allowed me to meet so many people that I still keep in touch with today. I had
the pleasure of working with such a phenomenal instructor and that was another influential
relationship that I formed through being a fellow.
Jack Lupfer, HDV Fellow
I can honestly say that getting involved with, and becoming an Undergraduate College
Fellow has shaped me into the student, individual, person, and leader that I am today.
Furthermore, I can confidently say to all of you, that becoming a Fellow will equally
be one of the best decisions that you make throughout your time here!
Michael Itzkin, ACH Fellow
My ACH 101 instructor David Iboy and my Fellow, Jules came to me with the suggestion
of applying to become a fellow. Fast forward to the end of the semester and I got
selected. “They must have made a mistake somewhere… me? Come on.” Despite this bit
of doubt I went with it, and it turned out to be, all clichés aside, one of the most
amazing things that ever happened to me. Being a Fellow doesn't so much change you
as it does magnify a part of your character that was always there but not visible.
Even in my ACH 275 class, I was unsure of myself and what I was doing or even if I
deserved this position, but we all get picked for a reason. For me, I discovered this
in the fall as I TA’d for my ACH 101 class.