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PRIME Students in Teaching Fellowship Programs

Several PRIME doctoral students were accepted to professional development fellowship programs for the 2018-19 academic year. Merve Kursav and Sunghwan Byun will be joining the Scholarship of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning (SUTL) Fellowship offered by the Lyman Briggs College and the MSU Graduate School. Molade Osibodu will participate in the Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching (IIT) Fellowship, which is a partnership between the James Madison Residential College of Public Affairs at MSU and the MSU Graduate School.

Photo of Merve Kursav, Sunghwan Byun and Molade Osibodu

Photo, left to right: Merve Kursav, Sunghwan Byun, Molade Osibodu

The goals of the MSU SUTL Fellows program are to provide a diverse group of graduate students committed to undergraduate education with experience conducting mentored research on undergraduate teaching and learning; familiarity with contemporary instruction and assessment techniques; and professional and career development opportunities related to undergraduate education.

Fellows will be prepared to make meaningful contributions to undergraduate education as practitioners of contemporary scholarly pedagogical methods, as well as contribute to scholarship related to undergraduate teaching and learning.

Sunghwan learned about SUTL Fellowship from fellow graduates in PRIME who participated in past years, (Younggon Bae and Luke Tunstall) and his interest in professional development through classroom inquiries by faculty members matched with the aim of the fellowship. He is currently collaborating with two biology faculty members at Lyman Briggs College to design and implement practitioner inquiry on the use of “exam wrapper” (Lovett, 2013).

Merve is working in the Instilling Quantitative and Integrative Reasoning Program (INQUIRE) for the analysis of quantitative outcomes such as GPA, retention, and graduation rates as well as qualitative data to help better understand the impacts of the program. Her research interest focuses on establishing and promoting quantitative methods to enhance teachers’ and students’ outcomes in the areas of mathematical knowledge, achievement, and engagement by developing and using innovative tools. She is collaborating with three faculty members at Lyman Briggs College. She believes that INQUIRE would make significant and lasting contributions to her career.  

According to their website, the primary goal of the IIT Fellowship Program is to “broaden and enrich the professional development experience of a diverse group of graduate students by placing them within an environment, James Madison College, with an established tradition in excellence in undergraduate teaching.”

Fellows have structured discussions with James Madison College core faculty on pedagogy and practice, interdisciplinary course design and curriculum development, and on general interaction with undergraduates. They also work together to investigate theoretical and practical applications of interdisciplinary inquiry and research.

Molade commented, “I applied for the Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching (IIT) fellowship program because I have a deep desire to connect my interests in mathematics education with broader social, historical, and political theories and lenses from different disciplines using various modes of delivery from written, to visual, sonic, and electronic.”  She added, “I will be working with Dr. Lisa Cook in the MC 364 course (Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation) to design a teaching and learning project to be presented at the end of the Spring semester.”

For more information about the programs above and other cohort fellowship programs, please visit The Graduate School website:

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Younggon Bae