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Teach in Summer Scholars

Students participate in Pathways Summer Scholars for free while taking STEM classes in Yale laboratories, developing their critical thinking skills through workshops taught by Yale faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students.

In order to offer students opportunities to take classes in fields of their interest, Pathways Summer Scholars is seeking teaching proposals from graduate students and post-docs. We encourage you to be creative in your proposal. Programs should be highly engaging for high school students while also tackling substantive content. Past programs have included Neurobiology, Physics of Atmospheres, Safer Chemicals, Evolution & Medicine, Biotechnology, Ecology & Ecosystems, Metals as You Have Never Seen Them Before, Musical Instrumentation Design Engineering, and more! 

Applications to teach 5-day workshops in the Summer 2024 were due by Janurary 2024. Please contact for other opportunities to engage. Our enrichment sessions are 1-day, 1 hour talks or activities with local high school students in the program. 

Work for Summer Scholars

Yale graduate and undergraduate students play a crucial role in the Pathways Summer Scholars program by serving as teaching assistants, mentors, and residential advisors to students. Pathways Summer Scholars seeks student applicants for two roles: Summer Scholars Residential Advisor and Summer Scholars Teaching Assistant. Descriptions of each position can be found below and the jobs will be posted on Yale Student Employment in early January 2024. 

Yale Pathways to Science Summer Scholars Residential Advisor 

During the STEM program, about 40 rising high school seniors are granted the special opportunity of living in one of the Residential Colleges, returning home on the weekend between each one week-long session. Residential advisors live with students in the Residential Colleges and their primary responsibility will be to supervise and mentor residential students. They will also be asked to help with logistical needs, plan activities, and participate in college readiness programming. Residential advisors play a significant role in shaping the student’s Summer Scholars experience, serving as mentors and role models.  Living and working with Summer Scholars students provides a unique, intense, and worthwhile experience and are proud to have made a lasting impression on local youth. 

Prospective RAs must be able to make a three week-long commitment, July 1st to 19th. This is a full-time paid position; with shifts starting at 3:00pm. Room and board are provided for the duration of the program in addition to a $1600 stipend.

Yale Pathways to Science Summer Scholars Teaching Assistant

Teaching assistants are part of a team of 10 Yale graduate and undergraduate students who act as assistants for courses and programming. Teaching assistants facilitate class and laboratory preparation, serve as mentors for student assignments and projects, manage logistical needs of the program, plan enrichment activities for students, and document program activities and successes.  We are looking for folks with maturity, enthusiasm, organizational skills, a sense of humor and a genuine interest in young people and outreach. If you have worked or volunteered in education, tutored young people, or anything else that’s related, we want to hear it in your application. Previous work with youth is preferred but not required, and content knowledge in STEM or Arts & Humanities is not required.

Prospective TAs must be able to commit to a one month-long commitment, July 1st to August 2nd. This is a full-time position with an hourly wage; we’ll be working from 8:30am to 4:30pm five days a week.

Job postings will be available on the Yale Student Employment Website.