IU Student Academic Appointment with the Groups Scholars Program

POSITION TITLE: Groups Scholars STEM Initiatives Assistant, Graduate Assistant Work-Study

DEPARTMENT: Groups Scholars Program, GSP


POSITION DESCRIPTION: Seeking an ASSISTANT for the Groups Scholars Program STEM Initiative. The mission of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Initiative is to promote and enhance the academic and professional experiences of first-generation, underrepresented students in the STEM disciplines through research, structured mentoring, and academic support.


A good candidate will have strong teaching and student development skills, as well as a strong passion for working with undergraduate students. Assistant will teach the summer and academic year STEM seminars; develop, coordinate, implement and participate in student development efforts; serve as advisor for the Groups STEM student organization; assist with the management and implementation of the STEM Initiative functions; and represent the Groups program and/or STEM initiative at events, workshops, and programs locally and nationally. Opportunities include teaching and curriculum development, student development, and strategic planning.


SUMMER COMPENSATION: $4,000 stipend (paid monthly)

Term: Summer (mid-May – August 2018) 12-week appointment

Weekly hours:  20 hours/week

Essential job functions: The STEM Initiative Assistant is responsible for teaching the Educ L490 STEM research seminar, assisting with Research workshops and Poster Symposium, and providing support for SREP programs and activities.



Teach STEM Seminar 60%

  • GA will develop and implement curriculum in STEM seminar.
  • Actively engage students in activities that facilitate their professional growth and development.
  • Hold individual face-to-face interactions with seminar participants to gauge student progress and create individualized plans based on student’s level.
  • Monitor, evaluate student progress and report any concerns to the program as needed.
  • Collaborate with other units on campus and in the community to implement activities that expose students to a broader experience in academia and STEM fields.
  • Attend trainings pertaining to course development or curriculum

Research Workshop and Poster Symposium 30%

  • Develop workshop content
  • Prepare and facilitate interactive and actively engaging workshops that focus on different elements of the research process
  • Create Poster Symposium guidelines and criteria for abstracts, posters, and awards
  • Support and coach students in preparation for the Groups STEM Poster Symposium

STEM Planning Team 10%

  • Participate in STEM team meetings
  • Contribute to functions of the STEM initiative including, but not limited to program planning, marketing strategies, resource development, and program evaluation


ACADEMIC YEAR COMPENSATION: Monthly stipend, a 30 credit hour fee remission (12 per semester, and 6 during the summer), and health insurance


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduate student must have a Bachelor’s degree and be working to attain a masters or PhD, preferably in an academic program that supports the essential job functions (i.e. STEM-related discipline or Science Education). The candidate must have experience working with students, presenting research, and organizing events.  The candidate should be organized, responsible, and dependable and have the ability to work independently; possess analytical problem solving and decision making skills; and be able to communicate effectively with a diverse population. Candidate must possess strong interpersonal skills and an ability to actively engage students in the learning process. Strong writing, editing and research skills are required. Knowledge and proficiency of technological tools preferred.


Education: Actively enrolled and in good standing as a full-time student in a graduate degree program at Indiana University-Bloomington.


Experience: At least one-year experience working with or participating in a similar program.


Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Student should be organized, responsible, and dependable and have the ability to work independently
  • Possess analytical problem solving and decision making skills
  • Be able to communicate effectively with a diverse population
  • Must have a strong student development background, possess strong interpersonal skills
  • Possess an ability to actively engage students in the learning process
  • Strong writing, editing and research skills are required
  • Knowledge and proficiency of technological tools preferred
  • Background in STEM discipline preferred, but not required


NOTE: Must qualify for Federal Graduate Work Study funding, as will be announced by the Bloomington Office of Student Financial Assistance (BOSFA) on July 1, 2018. Must fill out a FAFSA form (https://fafsa.ed.gov/ ) for the 2018-2019 academic year. The deadline to submit the FAFSA is April 15, 2018.


To apply: Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume to grpsstem@indiana.edu with “Application for Graduate Assistant Work study position” in the subject line by March 30, 2018.


For additional information about the Groups Scholars Program please visit: http://www.indiana.edu/~groups/#home.

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