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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

WINTER QUARTER 2021-2022: Information Sessions, Workshops and Research Training Series

Fellowships
 

Undergraduate Research

 

Arley D. Cathey International Graduate Study Fellowship Information Session: The Arley D. Cathey Fellowship supports international graduate study for undergraduates and recent alumni whose academic achievements, research, and civic commitments embody the University of Chicago’s highest ideals and values. By enabling purpose-driven scholars to pursue advanced degrees abroad, the fellowship aims to equip them with intensive academic training and international experiences that are crucial to realizing their vision for improving our world. Through investing in these future leaders and their capacity to enact positive change both globally and locally, the University of Chicago seeks to intensify the impact of their work on behalf of others and to thereby advance a better, more equitable future.

Each year, the Cathey Fellowships will sponsor four of our most academically 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. The Cathey Fellowships will be administered jointly by the College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF) and Study Abroad. View our recorded Information Session here.


Introduction to Fulbright Workshops: Please join us for an introductory workshop about the Fulbright US Student Program, the flagship international exchange program of the US State Department. This workshop covers topics ranging from the program’s mission to practical application advice and next steps. The session also provides students in the College with a comprehensive overview of the requirements and timeline for the 2022 UChicago Fulbright campus application process.

Attendance at an Introduction to Fulbright workshop is a requirement of the 2022 UChicago Fulbright Campus Process. Prospective Fulbright applicants should register for the workshop focusing on the award type that best fits their interests, experiences, and aspirations (English Teaching Assistant, Study, Research, or Creative and Performing Arts)

Recorded versions of the Introduction to Fulbright workshops for each award type below are currently available in the CCRF Resource Library.

  • Creative & Performing Arts Awards
  • English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award
  • Research Award
  • Study Award

Introduction to the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell Scholarships: 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 (2021-2022) are required to attend an introductory session. Register by clicking on one of the dates below

Applying for UChicago Nomination: Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Scholarships: Join us for the second session of our Marshall, Mitchell and Rhodes Scholarships annual information session series. During this hour, potential candidates will learn more about how to effectively approach the campus application process and prepare a competitive application for campus nomination. We will discuss the application logistics, how to develop effective essay questions, and how to select letter writers. Candidates can also expect to learn more about the nomination interview process. All potential candidates are strongly encouraged to attend one of these sessions. 


Fellowships 101: Curious about national fellowships? Want to get started, but aren’t sure how? Join CCRF for this information session where we’ll discuss the basics of fellowships—and how they can transform your academic experience. You’ll learn about exciting opportunities that fellowships support, what applying entails, and how CCRF supports students. In addition, you’ll also hear Christian Navarro’s fellowships journey, which brought him to UChicago for grad school and has paved the way for a career in foreign affairs. Open to all students; first and second-years are especially encouraged to join. RSVP in advance for this session by clicking the link below:


Library Support for International Fellowship Applicants

Library Resources for International Fellowship Applicants (Humanities & Social Sciences): The goal of this session is to introduce you to important Library resources and services to consult as you apply for international fellowship opportunities, such as the Fulbright Research or Study Awards, Mitchell Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship, or the Cathey Fellowship. You will learn how to select and search scholarly research tools for your literature review, techniques for identifying important authors or works, and strategies for identifying primary sources at libraries and archives. Finally, you will learn how librarians can provide advice and research support as you prepare your individual applications.

Library Resources for International Fellowship Applicants (STEM): The goal of this session is to introduce you to important Library resources and services to consult as you apply for international fellowship opportunities, such as the Fulbright Research or Study Awards, Mitchell Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship, or the Cathey Fellowship. You will learn how to select and search scholarly research tools for your literature review, techniques for identifying important authors or works, and strategies for investigating faculty, labs, or institutions that focus on your area of research. Finally, you will learn how librarians can provide advice and research support as you prepare your individual applications.

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. Register by clicking on one of the dates below

  • WNTR 2022 TBD (Zoom) 
  • WNTR 2022 TBD (Zoom)

Undergraduate Research Grant Funding Information Session: 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, including the Quad Research Scholars and Straetz Summer International Research Scholars 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. Register by clicking on the date below

  • WNTR 2022 TBD (Zoom)

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). Register by clicking on one of the dates below

  • WNTR 2022 TBD (Zoom)

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 2022 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 sessions TBD