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:

Undergraduate research information sessions: led by Tracy Nyerges, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research (CCRF)

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. RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below:

Spring Quarter


Scholarships and Fellowships information Sessions: 

Crafting an effective Curriculum Vitae (CV) for research, fellowships, and graduate school: information session and workshopled by Nichole Fazio, DPhil (Oxf); 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 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. RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below:

 

    Graduate study in the United Kingdom and Ireland: fellowships and funding: led by Nichole Fazio, DPhil (Oxf); Director of the College Center for Research and Fellowships 

    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. RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below:

    An Introduction to Nationally Competitive Fellowships: plan, prepare, and benefit from CCRF support: led by CCRF Fellowships Staff

    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. RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below:

    Securing strong letters of recommendation for nationally competitive opportunities and graduate programs: led by Nicholas Morris, Associate Director, National Fellowships (CCRF)

    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. RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below:

    Making the most of office hours and building meaningful relationships with your faculty: led by Nicholas Morris, Associate Director, National Fellowships (CCRF)

    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. RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below:


    Upcoming Spring Quarter 2019 CCRF Sessions

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

    This newly designed series aims to build your academic skills in research design and proposal writing. In Part I (Winter Quarter), you will learn how to move from a research topic to a research question, develop a literature review and a framework for research design. In Part II (Spring Quarter), you will learn how to structure and write a persuasive research proposal, which can be used for successful UChicago and external grants, national fellowships and graduate school applications. All undergraduates in all disciplines are invited to attend. 

    (1) Developing effective research proposals: led by Sandra Zupan, PhD, Geography; Assistant Director of National Fellowships and Research (CCRF)

    The goal of this session is to help you produce a persuasive research proposal. This proposal can be used for successful UChicago and external grants, national fellowships and graduate school applications. You will learn about the structure of research proposals, the characteristics of persuasive proposals as well as common areas of weakness in research proposals. RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below:

    (2) Academic writing: research and fellowships: led by Sandra Zupan, PhD, Geography; Assistant Director of National Fellowships and Research (CCRF)

    The goal of this session is to prepare you to write effective research proposals, fellowships applications, research essays, BA prospectus and graduate school applications. You will learn how to present complex ideas to a multidisciplinary audience by conveying an active tone, clear focus, detailed content and precise choice of words. The session will further enhance your ability to state arguments, organize text, develop paragraphs and add transitions between sentences and paragraphs. RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below:

    (3) Research proposals: draft review: led by Sandra Zupan, PhD, Geography; Assistant Director of National Fellowships and Research (CCRF)

    The goal of this session is to help you strengthen your research proposal. The session utilizes a small group, peer review approach to solicit constructive and concrete suggestions to make changes to your draft. Specific guidelines will be provided to direct feedback and maximize effectiveness of the review process. Suggestions for revision and time-management will also be discussed. RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below:


    NEW! CCRF: Research Poster Design Workshop

    Research posters are an important and common method of research communication. The goal of this session is to build your research communications skills “toolbox” by preparing you to develop and deliver a visually appealing research poster in any discipline. This session will provide research poster design guidelines and offer presentation pointers to enhance your abilities and confidence in creating and presenting an effective research poster.