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Your next step is to learn more about how to engage in undergraduate research or apply for a major national fellowship by attending any of the CCRF information sessions, workshops, and signature seminars below. If you cannot attend a session live, you are invited to review recordings archived in our CCRF Resource Library. You will be invited to schedule an advising session with a CCRF team member after attending an information session. 

CCRF Information Sessions, Workshops & Signature Series

AUTUMN QUARTER 2022: Information Sessions, Workshops and Research Training Series


Undergraduate Research


Beinecke Scholarship: Information Session, led by Arthur Salvo: Join us for an information session about the Beinecke Scholarship, a program that provides $35,000 in support to third-year undergraduates who intend to pursue a PhD in the arts, humanities and social sciences. We’ll discuss what the Beinecke is looking for in competitive candidates, and how to apply through the UChicago campus nomination process. While only third-year students are eligible to apply, first and second-year students who are interested in learning more about the scholarship are encouraged to attend. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.7. 

Register below to attend one of the information sessions:

Beinecke Scholarship: Writing Workshop, led by Arthur Salvo: This workshop provides guidance on how to produce an effective personal statement for the Beinecke Scholarship. We’ll discuss how to craft a narrative that excites your audience about your prospective research and why it matters. Attendance is required for applicants who wish to schedule an advising appointment. 

Register below to attend one of the writing workshops: 

Goldwater Scholarship Information Session, led by Nichole Fazio: Goldwater Scholarships encourage students to pursue careers in mathematics, engineering or the natural sciences. The scholarship covers tuition, room, board, books, and fees up to $7,500 per year, for up to two years of undergraduate study. It celebrates exceptional undergraduate researchers who are committed to research careers (PhDs in STEM fields). This session will introduce candidates to the mission of the program, as well as the campus nomination application process. Students must be nominated for the Goldwater Scholarship. Campus nomination deadline: Monday, October 31, 2022

Register for the Goldwater Info Session by clicking on the date below:

DAAD RISE: STEM Summer Research Fellowship in Germany, led by Arthur Salvo: 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 second and third-year 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 required. Attendance at a writing workshop is mandatory for all candidates who wish to receive an advising session.

Register below to attend a DAAD RISE session: 

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program: Information Session and Essay Writing, led by Sandra Zupan: The Carnegie Endowment's James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program offers a substantive one-year working experience in Washington, D.C. for graduating seniors and recent graduates who desire careers in international affairs. Junior Fellows work as research assistants to Carnegie’s senior scholars. We will provide an overview of the program, discuss the selection criteria, and share information on the campus process. The workshop further aims to equip you with strategies for developing and writing effective essays. Students intending to submit applications for UChicago endorsement this year are strongly encouraged to attend. UChicago can nominate two-three students. The endorsement deadline is November 28.

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Udall Scholarship: Information Session and Essay Writing, led by Sandra Zupan: Udall Scholarships offer up to $7,000 to second- and third-year students for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to the environment or Native American nations. The scholarship seeks to attract highly motivated individuals who have made a substantive difference in one of these areas through positive solutions and consensus building. We will provide an overview of the program, discuss the selection criteria, and share information on the campus process. The workshop further aims to equip you with strategies for developing and writing effective essays. We strongly encourage students intending to submit applications for UChicago endorsement this year to attend. The endorsement deadline is December 16.

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DAAD RISE Cover Letter Writing Workshop, led by Arthur Salvo: Building on the DAAD RISE Information Session, this workshop provides guidance on how to write effective cover letters for RISE research positions. RISE candidates should have already selected the three research positions to which they will be applying. Attendance at this session is required in order to make an advising appointment.

Register below to attend a writing workshop: 

Arley D. Cathey International Graduate Study Fellowship: Information Session, led by Arthur Salvo: Each year, the Cathey Fellowships will sponsor four ambitious and socially committed students in their pursuit of an academic, non-professional Master's degree at an internationally renowned foreign research university, with funding to substantially offset living and travel expenses in addition to tuition fees. Candidates will be required to secure admission to their chosen international graduate program as a part of the application process. Students who are interested in applying for the Cathey Fellowship should carefully review the eligibility and application requirements and view our recorded session.

Introduction to Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes: Information Session, led by Nichole Fazio and Arthur Salvo: Join us for an introductory information session about three extraordinary national fellowship opportunities for graduate study in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and at the University of Oxford. Open to US citizens (Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes) and select international students (Rhodes), UChicago undergraduates and recent alumni are eligible to apply for university nomination as 3rd- or 4th-years, or shortly after graduation. This session will introduce students to the individual scholarship programs and criterion, as well as the campus endorsement process. Open to all disciplines; candidates must have a 3.7 overall GPA to be eligible for any of these three awards. Students intended to apply for any of these awards in this cycle are required to attend an introductory session. 

View our recorded session here.


Fulbright Information Session, led by Johanna Best: Please join us for a general information session about the Fulbright US Student Program, the flagship international exchange program of the US State Department. This workshop will introduce the mission of the Fulbright program and the four types of Fulbright awards: English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award; Study Award (for a degree-granting graduate program abroad); Research Award (for an independent research project abroad); Study/Research Awards in the Creative and Performing Arts (for the development of artistic or creative practice abroad).  

These workshops are open to all current students in the College and any recent College alumni (degree conferred June 2021 or later) who have not begun graduate study. 

Note: The December 6 session will be in-person on campus in Harper Memorial Library 284 (HM284). The December 13 session will be on Zoom only.

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Introduction to Fulbright Workshops, led by CCRF Fulbright Advisors: Please join us for an introductory workshop about the Fulbright US Student Program, which will cover topics like the program’s mission, eligibility, practical application advice, and next steps. Each workshop also provides potential Fulbright applicants with an overview of the requirements and timeline for the 2023 UChicago Fulbright campus application process.

Attendance at an Introduction to Fulbright workshop (either in person or virtual) is a requirement of the 2023 UChicago Fulbright Campus Process. Prospective Fulbright applicants (current third and fourth years and recent College alums) should register for the workshop that focuses on the award type that best fits their interests, experiences, and aspirations (English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award, Study Award, Research Award, or Creative and Performing Arts Awards).

Creative & Performing Arts Awards to develop individual artistic practice through graduate study or an independent project:

English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award:

Research Award to conduct independent research abroad:

Study Award to attend an international graduate program:

Quad Undergraduate Research Scholars Program Information Session: This session introduces the main CCRF-managed research grant program for undergraduate research across the disciplines, the Quad Undergraduate Research Scholars, surveying the goals and structure of the program as well as the application process. 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. This session will also offer guidance and resources to assist you in planning for and preparing applications for undergraduate research grants and funding. Finally, we will introduce the Straetz Summer International Research Scholars and other associated funding resources. Click the link below to register. Registration information is collected via Zoom but this event is IN PERSON. Please attend in person if at all possible: 

Undergraduate Research Information Session: 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. Sessions are divided to focus on resources most relevant to the broad disciplinary area of your research interests. Click the links below to register. Registration information is collected via Zoom but these events are IN PERSON. Please attend in person if at all possible: 

Planning for Summer 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). Click the link below to register. Registration information is collected via Zoom but this event is IN PERSON. Please attend in person if at all possible:

The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Program: Information Session
Cohosted by the College Center for Research and Fellowships and the Office of the Provost

Join CCRF for an information session led by UChicago Leadership Alliance Representative, Dr. Victoria Flores. This session will provide information on the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP), including the many program benefits and tips on submitting a competitive program application. Students from underrepresented groups interested in conducting summer research in all disciplines are invited and encouraged to attend this information session.

The Leadership Alliance is a national consortium of colleges and universities with the shared mission of developing underrepresented students into outstanding leaders and role models in academia, business and the public sector. Through the Summer Research-Early Identification Program students can conduct 8–10 weeks of paid, scholarly research at one of 20+ Leadership Alliance member institutions with the guidance of a research mentor. In addition, students can participate in research seminars and professional development workshops throughout the duration of the program. Finally, students present their research at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium with over 400 undergraduate researchers. Participants in the SR-EIP join a community of scholars, and receive ongoing mentorship and professional development through graduate school and beyond.

Preparing an effective Curriculum Vitae (CV): 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 of 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. Register by clicking on one of the dates below

  • WNTR 2023 TBD

Applying to Graduate School: planning and preparing for success: This session is open to current undergraduates considering graduate school as a part of their academic and professional trajectory. Whether you are certain that you will pursue graduate education or are just beginning to consider the possibility, we will use this time to introduce you to: the general process of investigating graduate study options, the application timeline, common application components, and what makes for a competitive application. This general session is open to all disciplines and years. Note: this will not cover pre-professional application processes specifically (e.g. medical, business or law school), although some of the application components like personal statements, letters of recommendation and CVs will be discussed as universal components to all application processes. Register by clicking on one of the dates below

  • SPR 2022 TBD