Information Sessions, Workshops and Series

Throughout the year, the College Center for Research and Fellowships offers information sessions, workshops, and signature seminars for undergraduates in support of their research, scholarship, and fellowship endeavors.

Upcoming Information Sessions, Workshops & CCRF Signature Series (WNTR QTR)


Research Information Sessions:

2019 College Summer Institute in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences information session: Thinking Beyond the Human: On animals, A.I., and others: RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below

Interested in pursuing a grant-funded, interdisciplinary, intensive intellectual training and research experience with accomplished faculty and peers at the University of Chicago? Then, the College Summer Institute (CSI) may be the right summer research opportunity for you. Join us to learn more about the program, faculty, and application process. Read more about the 2019 CSI and application process.

Undergraduate research information sessions: RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below

Join the College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF) to learn more about Undergraduate Research at UChicago. We will share why undergraduate research involvement could benefit you as a College student in any major and how you can find research opportunities and potential faculty research mentors. This session will clarify what undergraduate research is and when you may be ready to engage in undergraduate research and creative scholarship activities.

Planning for summer research: RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below

Join the College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF) to start planning for your summer(s) by learning about and preparing for summer undergraduate research programs and funding at UChicago and beyond. Summer may be the perfect time for you to engage in research for the first time or to advance/diversify your undergraduate research experience(s) without the pressures of coursework and academic quarter demands. This session will provide information on accessing summer research opportunities, applying for summer research programs and funding, and maximizing your summer research experience(s).

Amgen Scholars Program information session: RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below

Join the College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF) to learn more about the Amgen Scholars Program: An Undergraduate Summer Research Program in Science and Biotechnology. The Amgen Scholars Program is a selective and transformative summer STEM program that provides funded research experieces at premier educational institutitions. This session will provide information on the program and the application process.


Scholarships and Fellowships information Sessions: 

    Udall Scholarship information session: RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below

    Learn more about The Morris K. Udall Foundation's scholarships to college students who are committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Finalists receive $7,000 scholarships for academic expenses. Eligibility for the Udall Scholarship is restricted to 2nd and 3rd year students.

    Beinecke Scholarship information session: RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below

    Join the CCRF for a presentation on the Beinecke Scholarship, an award that provides assistance to 3rd year students who plan to attend graduate school in the arts, humanities and social sciences at the masters or doctoral level. Scholars receive $4,000 prior to entering graduate school and an annual stipend of $15,000 for two years of graduate study.

    US-UK Fulbright Commission Summer Institutes information session: RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below

    The Summer Institutes provide the opportunity for US undergraduates to come to the UK on a three to six week academic and cultural summer programme (length of time depends on the selected Institute). Participants in these programs will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic programme at a highly regarded UK university, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK, and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills.

    Summer Opportunities: public policy, international affairs & foreign service national fellowships: RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below

    Interested in learning about summer opportunities for public and international affairs, language instruction or grassroots projects? Not sure how to identify and fund these enriching experiences? This session will provide you with information on fellowships that offer fully-funded summer programs, both domestically and overseas. The session is tailored for students with an interest in public policy, Foreign Service and languages that are critical to national security. You will also learn about opportunities to fund a social justice or peace focused project. Opportunities discussed include: Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program (PPIA), Critical Language Scholarship Program, Humanity in Action Fellowship Programs, and the Davis Projects of Peace grant program, among others.

    Crafting an effective Curriculum Vitae (CV) for research, fellowships, and graduate school: information session and workshop: RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below

    Develop and draft your undergraduate CV for use in scholarship, fellowship, research opportunities, and graduate school applications. A Curriculum Vitae (“CV” or “vitae”) is a comprehensive, biographical document which emphasizes your academic training, professional qualifications and significant activities, including research, service, leadership, international engagement, honors & awards, etc. Distinct from a resume, the CV affords you  the freedom to prioritize your undergraduate engagement and create a useful, comprehensive, holistic framework describing your overall engagement while in College. Bring a working draft to the session, such as an existing resume, and a comprehensive list of the significant activities you have participated in since arriving at the University of Chicago. Open to all undergraduates.

    Post-Graduate Funding: international affairs, foreign service, security & peace national fellowships: RSVP by clicking on the date below

    Interested in learning about post-graduate study, research, and advocacy opportunities in Foreign Service, security or peace? Not sure how to identify and fund these unique, competitive experiences? This session will provide you with information on one to two-year fellowships that offer fully-funded nationally competitive programs for students with a strong vocational interest in Foreign Service, international development, security, peace and public-interest activism. Opportunities discussed include: Thomas Pickering Fellowship in Foreign AffairsDavid M. Payne International Development Fellowship ProgramCarnegie Endowment for Peace: James C. Gaither Junior Fellows and the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship, among others.

    An Introduction to Nationally Competitive Fellowships: plan, prepare, and benefit from CCRF support: RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below 

    Join the CCRF as we discuss what exactly we mean when we talk about "Scholarships and Fellowships." This information session will outline how our office is organized to support your ambition and interest in nationally competitive awards and opportunities. Whether in your first or final quarter, this session will provide you with the space to identify your relevant strengths and passions, begin the brainstorming process, leverage discernment tools, select pertinent opportunities, and craft a reasonable timeline as you engage with the application process.

    Securing strong letters of recommendation for nationally competitive opportunities and graduate programs: RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below

    As you think about applying for postgraduate fellowships or graduate school, take time to consider a crucial element of the process: Letters of Recommendation! An age-old anxiety producer, the process of asking for letters of recommendation can be unnerving. This information session provided by the College Center for Research and Fellowships will introduce the importance of building faculty relationships, provide advice, and suggest strategies to help you confidently request letters that affirm your potential for future success.

    Making the most of office hours and building meaningful relationships with your faculty: RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below

    Having trouble figuring out how to best use your professor’s time at office hours? Not sure how to ask questions about class or research, or get to know them better? This is the event for you! Instructors can help you with coursework, research opportunities, letters of recommendation, and much more. This event will feature a panel of students and instructors who share their experiences from both sides of desk to help you gain the confidence to attend office hours and build relationships with your faculty.

    Nationally competitive fellowships for post-graduate study in the United Kingdom and Ireland: RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below

    Join us to learn more about nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships that support graduate study in the UK and Ireland, including the Marshall, Rhodes, Mitchell, Gates-Cambridge, and Churchill. These opportunities provide full funding for 1+ years of graduate study, as well as membership in highly selective scholarly communities. Additionally, we will introduce you to what makes for a strong candidate and how to anticipate the application processes at UChicago.


    CCRF Signature Series I: Academic Skills Building: Research Design & Proposal Writing

    The goal of this WNTR Quarter series is to help you understand the main purposes of research, to help you learn how to move from a research topic to a research question, and understand the process of academic research design. Created as a series, these sessions build upon each other. But, they are also stand-alone and you are welcome to attend any that are especially relevant to your research endeavors. This series will be followed by a SPR Quarter series on research proposal writing (dates forthcoming). All undergraduates in all disciplines are invited to attend. 

    (1) Introduction to research: RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below

    The goal of this session is to help you understand the main purposes of research, as well as the value of conducting a research project for the purposes of thesis, fellowships and graduate school. You will also learn about different forms of research in STEM, social sciences and humanities. The session will further help you understand the process of narrowing your interest to a research topic. Guidance you can expect from librarians, faculty advisers and graduate student mentors will also be discussed. 

    (2) Literature review and research questions: RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below

    The goal of this session is to help you move from a research topic to a research question. You will learn about the purpose of literature review, including how to conduct literature search and review scholarly publications. You will also learn the types of research questions asked in STEM, social sciences and humanities, as well as how to formulate a clear research question and explain its significance to others.

    (3) Research design: RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below

    The goal of this session is to help you understand the process of academic research design. You will learn about preparatory work, including thinking through the practicalities of data collection, planning how to manage and analyze the data generated and thinking about how to present the findings of the research. The session will also enhance your awareness of ethical research practice and cross-cultural research.