Call for Applications: SUTL Fellows 23-24


Doctoral Students


Lyman Briggs College (LBC) is MSU’s interdisciplinary residential college for the study of the sciences in their societal contexts. Its unique program combines the natural sciences and the history, philosophy, and sociology of science.

LBC has long been a leader in STEM and interdisciplinary education innovation. The primary goals of the Lyman Briggs SUTL Fellowship Program are to provide a diverse group of graduate students, committed to undergraduate education, with:

  1. Experience conducting mentored research on undergraduate teaching and learning
  2. Familiarity with contemporary instruction and assessment techniques
  3. Professional and career development opportunities related to undergraduate education.

Meeting these goals will result in fellows who can make meaningful contributions to undergraduate education, as future discipline-based education researchers and/or as practitioners of contemporary scholarly pedagogical methods.


The SUTL program at LBC started in 2016 – 2017 and is now entering its 8th year. The SUTL program aims to positively affect the program’s graduate fellows, faculty mentors, and the undergraduate students who are often the participants in SUTL research projects. The core of the program are the mentored research projects that the Fellows and Mentors work on together throughout the year. Initial project topics are proposed by the Mentors and then developed and executed in close collaboration with the Fellows once research teams have been selected and matched.

Fellows development is supported by their SUTL Mentor(s) and by their cohort of Fellows and the SUTL Director. The Fellows meet biweekly with the Director to discuss topics related to research, academia, undergraduate teaching and learning, and more. Professional development opportunities with the Fellows from other Teaching Fellowships also happens a few times throughout the year on topics such as writing diversity statements, academic career panels, and inclusive teaching practices.

We invite applications for a 12-month SUTL Fellowship. This fellowship is expected to culminate in the dissemination of project results via a paper in a peer reviewed journal. 

Fellows will receive $5000 to support the time they spend investing in their SUTL project work and Fellows’ meetings.


Eligible MSU graduate students must be enrolled full-time in a program leading to a terminal (PhD) degree, ideally in an area STEM, the history, philosophy, or sociology of science, or another appropriate field. Candidates must be in good academic standing, be making progress toward their degree, and have the agreement of their adviser/major professor and department chair.

Preference will be given to students who have experience in qualitative methods in education research. Alumni of other education-related fellowship programs may apply (e.g., FASTJMC IITRCAH Fellows). Fellowship offers will be made to individuals who have demonstrated high academic achievement, are committed to a career that includes teaching, and show potential for future achievement as teacher-scholars.

Applications must be received by April 7, 2023.

For further information or questions, please contact Rachel Barnard at

Application instructions and program details can be found at