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.


Information Sessions, Workshops & CCRF Signature Series: Autumn Quarter 2019


Fellowships Information Sessions: 

Critical Language Scholarship: Writing Workshop: led by Sandra Zupan, College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF)

This workshop provides guidance on how to produce a compelling application for the CLS Program. We will discuss topics and content that are relevant for addressing the program's selection criteria. By offering specific suggestions, examples and short writing exercises, the workshop aims to equip you with effective strategies for developing, structuring and writing both Short Essays and Statement of Purpose. We strongly encourage students intending to submit applications this coming November to attend. RSVP by clicking the link below:

James C. Gaither Junior Fellowship: Information Session: led by Sandra Zupan, College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF)

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. The Fellows work s research assistants to Carnegie’s senior scholars in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of one year. We strongly encourage students intending to submit applications this year to attend. RSVP by clicking the link below:

STEM Summer Research in Germany: Information Session: led by Arthur Salvo, College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF)

Join us for an information session about DAAD RISE Germany, a program that offers STEM undergraduates the opportunity to spend a summer working with PhD students on cutting-edge research in Germany. Open to students in the fields of biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering, computer science, physics (and closely related fields). Recipients receive a stipend for living expenses, a travel stipend, and health insurance; no knowledge of German is needed. RSVP by clicking the link below:

Fellowships for Research and Study in Germany: Information Session: led by Arthur Salvo, College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF)

This information session provides a broad introduction to the suite of fellowships offered by the DAAD. In particular, we will focus on one of its most generous programs, the Study Scholarship, which provides funding for students to pursue a full Master’s degree program at a German university. RSVP by clicking the link below:

DAAD Fellowships for Speakers of German: Information Sessionled by Arthur Salvo, College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF)

This information session is designed for students who are speakers of German. It provides a broad overview of the opportunities for travel, study and research in Germany that are offered by the DAAD. We will focus in particular on the Research Grant, EMGIP Bundestag Internship, and the German Studies Research Grant. RSVP by clicking the link below:

Boren Scholarships: Information Session: led by Jeff Cary, Outreach & Recruitment Manager, Boren Awards

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. The program seeks to attract highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. Join the session to learn about the program, application process and service requirement from a Boren representative. RSVP by clicking the link below:

James C. Gaither Junior Fellowship: Writing Workshop: led by Sandra Zupan, College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF)

This workshop provides guidance on how to produce compelling essays for the James C. Gaither Junior Fellowship program. We will discuss topics and content that are relevant for addressing the program's selection criteria. By offering specific suggestions, examples and short writing exercises, the workshop aims to equip you with effective strategies for developing, structuring and writing the two essays. We strongly encourage students intending to submit applications this year to attend. RSVP by clicking the link below:

Critical Language Scholarship: Peer Feedback and Group Advising: led by Sandra Zupan, College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF)

Building on CLS Writing Workshop, this session provides guidance on how to revise the Short Essays and the Statement of Purpose. Please bring your drafts, which we will review as a group. By offering friendly, constructive feedback and specific suggestions for revisions, the session aims to equip you with effective strategies for strengthening your essays. Students intending to submit applications this November are strongly encouraged to attend. RSVP by clicking the link below:

Boren Scholarship: Writing Workshop: led by Sandra Zupan, College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF)

This workshop provides guidance on how to produce compelling essays for Boren Scholarship. We will discuss topics and content that are relevant for addressing the program's selection criteria. By offering specific suggestions, examples and short writing exercises, the workshop aims to equip you with effective strategies for developing, structuring and writing National Security and Public Service essays. We strongly encourage students intending to submit applications this year to attend. RSVP by clicking the link below:

Goldwater Scholarship Information Session: led by Nichole Fazio, College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF)

Join us to learn more about putting together an effective and compelling campus application for the Goldwater Scholarship, which supports excellence in undergraduate research. Open to studentts committed to research careers in mathematics, engineering or the natural sciences.

Truman Scholarship: Writing Workshop: led by Nichole Fazio and Arthur Salvo, College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF)

This workshop provides guidance on how to produce effective essays for the Truman Scholarship. We will help you assess which examples you will use for the public service and leadership essays, as well as how to write about your vocational ambitions and vision for a future career in public service. Time will also be devoted to developing an effective public policy statement, which is also an important component of the Truman campus and national application process. 

Udall Scholarship Information Session: led by Sandra Zupan, College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF)

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships of up to $7,000 to second- and third-year students who work toward developing solutions to environmental challenges, or who focus on issues that impact Native Americans. The scholarship seeks to attract highly motivated individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to one of these areas through leadership, public service and consensus building. Join the session to learn about the program, the application process as well as support for preparing competitive essays. RSVP by clicking the link below:


Research Information Sessions: 

Undergraduate Research Information Session: led by Tracy Nyerges, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research 

Join us 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. RSVP by clicking the link below:

Planning for Summer Research: Information Session: led by Tracy Nyerges, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research

Join us 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). RSVP by clicking the link below:

Undergraduate Research Funding: Information Session: led by Tracy Nyerges, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research

This session will help you navigate the various undergraduate research funding sources available to College students across the disciplines, with an emphasis on CCRF-managed research grant programs. Whether you are new to research or an advanced undergraduate researcher, we will discuss research grant programs and options to fund academic year and summer research experiences for students in all majors. This session will also offer guidance and resources to assist you in planning for and preparing applications for undergraduate research grants and funding.

Undergraduate Research Funding: Writing Workshop: led by Tracy Nyerges, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research

Session description coming soon!

Amgen Scholars Program: Information Sessionled by Tracy Nyerges, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research

Join us 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. RSVP by clicking the link below: