GOSTARS Activities

GOSTARS Activities


Our GOSTARS program is designed to provide participants social and teambuilding skills via social events such as picnics, brown bag seminars, and relevant field trips. We are also offering specialized training in effective teaching, mentoring, preparation for academic and professional practice positions including health and wellness.

GOSTARS is designed to offer participants specialized training in the following areas:

Teaching and K-12 Mentoring Experiences

  • Fellows will participate in a teaching Community of Practice (CoP), which will begin with a full day workshop on innovative teaching pedagogy and technology, and classroom management facilitated by Dr. Kaitlin Mallouk and the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The CoP will subsequently meet monthly to facilitate a sense of community and provide opportunities for engaging with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
  • Fellows will have supervised teaching experiences, including hands-on development of new instructional laboratory experiments and active learning methods directed by an experienced faculty member. As part of this experience they will be given the opportunity to co-teach a class in either their 2nd or 3rd year of the program
  • Fellows will participate in K-12 outreach efforts offered via CREATEs and the College of Engineering during the summer.

Special Mentoring of engineering undergraduates via Junior/Senior Clinic Courses

  • The Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering offers junior and senior engineering clinics, where upper level students take two credits every semester to work on hands-on/computational research projects. GOSTAR fellows will conduct day-to-day supervision of a team of 2-3 undergraduate students on their respective projects.

Special Mentoring of Fellows to Succeed in Professional Practice

  • All GOSTAR fellows will be co-mentored by a non-academic partner (industry or government agency personnel). The non-academic partner will be within the research area of the fellow to allow natural alignment with other committee members’ focus.

Special Certificate in DEI (Diversity Equity and Inclusion)

Special training on Health and Wellness