PSL Program Application Information

Are you a peer leader for a STEM discipline at Rutgers and interested in earning a stipend to receive training for your instructional position? The Preparation in STEM Leadership (PSL) Program provides an opportunity for academic peer leaders in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to participate in advanced training. Through this training, peer leaders are able to improve their leadership, communication, group management, teaching, and learning skills. Participants also have the opportunity to earn scholarships and work with faculty conducting educational research. The benefits for first-year participants include earning a $500 scholarship in each of the fall and spring semesters, being observed by project personnel, receiving feedback on the observation and participation in the program, and mentoring related to job performance, growth and development, and assessment responses. If accepted into the program for a second year, participants will also benefit from the experience designing and conducting discipline-based education research.

PSL Program participants will:  

  • Co-enroll in a 3-credit, 300-level pedagogy course during the Fall 2015 semester
  • Participate in ongoing professional development training
  • Attend seminars and workshops led by professional trainers from STEM industry
  • Complete ongoing assessment of learning outcomes and receive continuous feedback and mentoring

Enrollment in the PSL Program is open to all students in a peer instructional leadership role for STEM disciplines in any Rutgers program. This role includes students who:

  • tutor (e.g. walk-in tutoring, group tutoring, one-on-one tutoring, or holding “office hours”);
  • lead study groups (e.g. Supplemental Instruction and Learning Assistant Program) or review sessions; and
  • assist course instructors or TAs in lectures, recitations, or workshops (e.g., teaching interns, undergraduate teaching assistants).

The lists below include some Rutgers University programs that utilize peer leaders who would be eligible for the PSL Program. If your program is not on the list, but you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the PSL Program team to inquire about your eligibility (

  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Teaching Internship Program
  • Department of Life Sciences Study Group Leaders
  • Department of Mathematics Peer Mentors
  • School of Engineering, Office of Student Services Tutors
  • Athletics tutors
  • Douglass Project
  • Educational Opportuinty Fund (EOF) programs
  • Student Support Services
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) in STEM
  • School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) Honor’s Program one-on-one tutors
  • Office for Diversity and Acadmic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS)
  • Learning Center tutors, learning assistants, and study group leaders

In order to apply, please contact Nipa Onulak, the PSL Program Coordinator at For more information about the program, please visit the PSL Program website or contact the PSL Program at


The PSL Program Team

  • Program Coordinator: Nipa Onulak
    • PSL Program Coordinator, Rutgers Learning Centers
    • SERC 105 C (Busch Learning Center),
    • 848-445-0983 |
  • Co- Principal Investigator: Stacey Blackwell
  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Mary Emenike
    • Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Department of chemistry and Chemical Biology
    • Office: Allison Road Classroom Building (Busch Campus), Room 316
    • 848-445-1662 |