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 second year.
Upon acceptance into the program, prospective Fellows enroll in the Undergraduate
College Fellows Seminar during the spring semester of their first year. Following
completion of the seminar, students are fully recognized as Undergraduate College
Fellows and participate in welcoming the next class of first-year students at New
Student Welcome Week and in the First-Year Seminars. Fellows serve as Teaching Assistants
for the First-Year Seminar, SBU 101, and are required to register for a Fall Teaching
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 SBU 101 and SBU 102 courses
• Earn Stony Brook course credit for participating in the program
Want to learn more?
Interest Meetings Taking place soon!
Wednesday, October 11th, 4pm-5pm, SAC 302
Wednesday, October 18th, 1:30pm-2:30pm, Honors Seminar Room, Union 111-43
Thursday, October 26th, 11am-12pm, SAC 302
Friday, October 27th, 11am-12pm, Virtual, Zoom Link
Learn more about the College Fellows position, talk with current Fellows, and get
all of your questions answered.
Testimonials from Former Fellows
|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 and the even smaller community made
up of my Undergraduate College Fellows class.
|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.
|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 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.
|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.
|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!
|My 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
SBU 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 101 class.