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. Connect with us online to hear about all of these sessions on social media!


Information Sessions, Workshops & Signature Series: AUT20 & WNTR21 [Virtual]


Fellowships Information Sessions: 

Research Information Sessions: 

Truman Scholarship for Public Service: Campus Application and Essay Overview Session

Led by Dr. Nichole Fazio, Executive Director of the College Center for Research and Fellowships

The Truman Scholarship for Public Service is comprised of a series of essays about your leadership and public service experience, plans for graduate school and what societal problems you hope to work on throughout your career. It also includes a formal policy proposal, which showcases your ability to think critically about the societal problem(s) that motivate you. This session will introduce you to the essays questions and policy proposal, as well as provide you with writing strategies and tools to get you started.  Any student planning to apply in Autumn 2020 is required to attend a Truman introductory session.

Truman: Writing Workshop (Short Essays & Policy Proposal)

This workshop is designed to provide essay writing support to College students intending to apply in this year's nomination cycle for the Truman Scholarship. This session will focus on the primary short essays about public service, leadership, and academic and professional aspirations, as well as provide counsel on how to craft an effective public policy statement for the Truman. Please come with working drafts of the essay prompts provided in the campus application, as well as your policy statement. We will use this session to workshop your written materials in advance of the campus deadline.


Beinecke Scholarship: Information Session

Led by Arthur Salvo, College Center for Research and Fellowships

Join us for an information session about the Beinecke Scholarship, a program that provides $34,000 in support to third-year undergraduates who intend to pursue a PhD in the arts, humanities and social sciences. During this session, 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. RSVP and register for the Zoom webinar by clicking the links below:


Beinecke Scholarship: Writing Workshop

Led by Arthur Salvo, College Center for Research and Fellowships

This workshop provides guidance on how to produce an effective personal statement for the Beinecke Scholarship. We’ll discuss balancing your personal story with academic plans, positioning yourself in the field, and crafting a narrative that excites your audience about your prospective research. RSVP and register for the Zoom webinar by clicking one of the links below:


Boren Scholarship: Information Session

Led by Sandra Zupan, College Center for Research and Fellowships

Boren Scholarships provide up to $25,000 to U.S. undergraduates to study critical languages overseas for 6 to 12 months. The program alumni are committed to public service, working in positions critical to U.S. national security throughout the federal government. National security encompasses any topics addressing the challenges facing global society, ranging from diplomacy to migration to environmental sustainability. In this session you will learn about the scholarship, the application process and the support available at UChicago. Q&A with UChicago recipients is also included. Students of any class-standing are invited to attend, especially 3rd- and 4th-year students. RSVP and register for the Zoom webinar by clicking the link below:


Boren Scholarship: Essays and Group Advising

Led by Sandra Zupan, College Center for Research and Fellowships

This session provides guidance for producing a compelling application for Boren Scholarship. It builds upon Boren Scholarship: Overview and Essays, a comprehensive resource prepared from UChicago students. In preparation for this workshop, please watch the whole webinar, with a close attention on essays. You are also asked to prepare any application questions, or ideas for content that you intend to use for essays. In the session we will provide answers to your questions, offer feedback and suggestions to help you effectively write your essays, advise on how to choose optimal recommenders and think strategically about federal careers. Students of any class-standing are invited to attend, especially students who intend to submit applications in February 2021. RSVP and register for the Zoom webinar by clicking the links below:


DAAD RISE: STEM Summer Research Fellowship in Germany

Led by Arthur Salvo, College Center for Research and Fellowships

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 required. RSVP and register for the Zoom webinar by clicking the link below:


Yenching Academy Info Session: University of Chicago

Led by Dr. Brent Haas, Director of Admission Affairs and Distinguished Associate Professor, Yenching Academy of Peking University

Please join us for a special information session led by representatives from the Yenching Academy Scholars Program. The session will introduce Peking University, the Yenching Academy Scholars Program, and the application requirements.

Candidates from UChicago interested in learning more about the Yenching Academy’s competitive, full fellowship Master’s Program in China Studies are invited to attend. RSVP and register for the Zoom webinar by clicking the link below:

Yenching Academy Scholars Program: Information Session and Essay Overview

Led by Johanna Best, College Center for Research and Fellowships

Join us for an information session about the Yenching Academy Scholars program. The Yenching Academy at Peking University offers support for at least the first year of a two-year Master’s in China Studies. The Academy's goal is to shape new generations of global citizens with a nuanced understanding of China.

This workshop will offer a brief overview of the Yenching Academy Scholars program and then discuss the eligibility, requirements, and timeline for the 2020 UChicago Yenching Academy Campus Process. Additionally, this session will provide guidance on how to draft an effective Research Proposal and Personal Statement for this application.

This workshop is a requirement of the 2020 UChicago Yenching Academy Campus Process.
Open to University of Chicago College students and recent College alumni.  RSVP and register for the Zoom webinar by clicking the links below:


James C. Gaither Junior Fellowship: Information Session and Essay Writing

Led by Sandra Zupan, College Center for Research and Fellowships

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program offers one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and recent alum who have a serious career interest in international affairs. Fellows work as research assistants to Carnegie’s senior scholars, contribute to op-eds, participate in meetings, among other tasks. In this workshop we will discuss the program's selection criteria and provide guidance on how to produce a compelling application. By offering specific suggestions and examples, the workshop aims to equip you with effective strategies for developing and writing essays. We strongly encourage students intending to submit applications for UChicago endorsement this year to attend. RSVP and register for the Zoom webinar by clicking the link below:


Goldwater Information Session

Led by Dr. Nichole Fazio, Executive Director of the College Center for Research and Fellowships

In this information session you will learn more about the Goldwater Scholarship program which supports student engaged in undergraduate research and committed to PhDs and careers in mathematics, engineering or the natural sciences. The scholarship can be used toward current education expenses up to $7,500 per year, for up to two years of undergraduate study. For information about the program, visit: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/. This session will also include information on applying through the UChicago campus endorsement process, which is a requirement for all College students interested in the Goldwater.


Fulbright Information Session

Led by Johanna Best, College Center for Research and Fellowships

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:

The workshop also will provide a comprehensive overview of the eligibility requirements for this award, the overall application timeline, and the next steps for College students who are interested in applying for Fulbright.

All current students in the College are invited to attend. RSVP and register for the Zoom webinar by clicking the links below:


Udall Scholarship: Information Session and Essay Writing

Led by Sandra Zupan, College Center for Research and Fellowships

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 difference in one of these areas through positive solutions and consensus building. In this workshop we will discuss the program's selection criteria and provide guidance on how to produce a compelling application. By offering specific suggestions and examples, the workshop aims to equip you with effective strategies for developing and writing essays. We strongly encourage students intending to submit applications for UChicago endorsement this year to attend. RSVP and register for the Zoom webinar by clicking the link below:

DAAD RISE Cover Letter Writing Workshop

Led by Arthur Salvo, College Center for Research and Fellowships

Building on the DAAD RISE Germany Information Session, this workshop provides guidance on how to write effective cover letters for RISE research positions. Attendance at the workshop is required of all DAAD RISE Germany applicants. RISE candidates should have already selected the three research positions to which they will be applying. RSVP and register for the Zoom webinar by clicking one of the links below:


Introduction to the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell Scholarships

Led by Dr. Nichole Fazio, Executive Director of the College Center for Research and Fellowships

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 (2020-2021) are required to attend an introductory session. 

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program: Information Session

Led by Sandra Zupan, College Center for Research and Fellowships

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is the oldest national fellowship that supports graduate education in STEM and social science disciplines. Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000. Women, under-represneted minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. This session will introduce students to the program, the application process and offer tips for submitting a competative application. Students of any class-standing are invited to attend, especially third- and fourth-year students. RSVP and register for the Zoom webinar by clicking one of the link below:

Undergraduate Research Information Session

Led by Tracy Nyerges, College Center for Research and Fellowships

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.


Undergraduate Research Grant Funding: Information Session

Led by Tracy Nyerges, College Center for Research and Fellowships

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.


Planning for Summer Research

Led by Tracy Nyerges, College Center for Research and Fellowships

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).


CCRF and Regenstein Library Series: Tools and Strategies for Successful Research Proposals

The series aims to build your information literacy and research skills. You will learn how to search, identify, evaluate and effectively read scholarly sources. You will further learn how to develop a literature review and write a persuasive research proposal, which can be used for your thesis, UChicago and external grants, national fellowships and graduate school applications. The sessions build upon each other, but they are also stand-alone and students in all disciplines are welcome to attend any of the three sessions that are especially relevant to their research endeavors.

(1) Literature Reviewled by Sandra Zupan, College Center for Research and Fellowships

The goal of this session is to help you understand the purpose of literature review. You will also learn how to read scholarly publications most effectively, as well as how to develop and write a compelling literature review. You will further learn about the purpose and the characteristics of well-posed research questions asked in STEM, social sciences and humanities. RSVP and register for the Zoom webinar by clicking the link below:

(2) Searching and Finding Scholarly Sources: led by Rebecca Starkey, Head of Research and Instruction Services, The Joseph Regenstein Library

The goal of this session is to improve the variety and quality of scholarly sources you use in your literature review. You will learn how to search like a scholar, using specialized research tools and databases, and techniques for evaluating sources. We will discuss methods for identifying primary source materials for various disciplines. Finally, you will learn about services available at the Library to support your research. RSVP and register for the Zoom webinar by clicking the link below:

(3) Research Proposalled by Sandra Zupan, College Center for Research and Fellowships

The goal of this session is to help you produce a persuasive research proposal. This proposal can be used for both your thesis and successful UChicago and external grants, national fellowships and graduate school applications. We will discuss the process of research design and the principles of research ethics. You will further learn about the structure of research proposals, the characteristics of compelling proposals as well as common areas of weakness in research proposals. RSVP and register for the Zoom webinar by clicking the link below:


Advancing Your Academic Pursuits:


Preparing an effective Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Led by Dr. Nichole Fazio, Executive Director of the College Center for Research and Fellowships

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.


Applying to Graduate School: planning and preparing for success

Led by Dr. Nichole Fazio, Executive Director of the College Center for Research and Fellowships

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.