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 & CCRF Signature Series: Spring Quarter 2020


Fellowships Information Sessions: 

Research Information Sessions: 

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: Information Session: led by Dr. Sandra Zupan, Assistant Director, College Center for Research and Fellowships

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) program is one of the most robust and well-recognized national fellowships that support graduate education in STEM and social science disciplines. This session will introduce students to the program, the application process and offer tips for submitting a competitive application. We will also discuss library assistance that is relevant to developing a Graduate Research Plan Statement. Students of any class-standing are invited to attend, especially rising 4th-year students and recent graduates who intend to submit applications in October 2020. RSVP by clicking the links below to receive Zoom login information:


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: Personal Statement: led by Dr. Sandra Zupan, Assistant Director, College Center for Research and Fellowships

This workshop provides guidance on how to produce a compelling Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement for NSF GRFP. We will discuss topics and content that are relevant to addressing the fellowship’s two review criteria: Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts. By examining successful examples and offering specific suggestions, the workshop aims to equip you with strategies for developing, structuring, and writing your statement. Students of any class-standing are invited to attend, especially rising 4th-year students and recent graduates who intend to submit applications in October 2020. RSVP by clicking the links below to receive Zoom login information:

DAAD Fellowships


Fellowships for Research and Study in Germany: led by Dr. Arthur Salvo, Assistant Director, College Center for Research and Fellowships

This information session provides a broad introduction to the suite of fellowships offered by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). In particular, we will focus on the One-Year Research Grant, as well as one of the DAAD’s most generous programs, the Study Scholarship, which provides funding for students to pursue a full Master’s degree program at a German university. Note: The DAAD RISE program will *NOT* be covered during this presentation, as information sessions and writing workshops on this fellowship are offered during the Autumn Quarter. RSVP by clicking the link below to receive Zoom login information:

Public Service, International Affairs and Foreign Service Fellowships


Public Service and International Affairs Fellowships: Led by Dr. Sandra Zupan, Assistant Director, College Center for Research and Fellowships

Join us to learn about national fellowships designed to support students with academic and professional interests in public service and international affairs. We will discuss the Truman Scholarship, Boren Scholarship and the James C. Gaither Junior Fellowship. You will also learn about the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institutes and the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program, both of which support minority groups, women, and students with financial need. The session provides students with an overview of the eligibility criteria and requirements, and also offers tips for submitting a competitive application. RSVP by clicking the links below to receive Zoom login information:

Post-Graduate Foreign Service Fellowships for Underrepresented Students: Led by Ronald Packowitz, Diplomat in Residence-Midwest U.S. Department of State

Join us to learn about fellowships designed to recruit and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service. You will learn about the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship, the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship Program, and the Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program. The fellowships support two years of graduate study, in addition to internships, mentoring, and professional development activities. Members of minority groups that are historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need are encouraged to apply. RSVP by clicking the links below to receive Zoom login information:

2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process Workshops


Introduction to the Schwarzman Scholars Program: Led by Dr. Johanna Best, Assistant Director of National Fellowships, College Center for Research and Fellowships

Join us for an introductory session about the Schwarzman Scholars Program, which offers young leaders an opportunity to develop skills and expand professional networks through a fully funded, one-year Masters in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. This workshop covers topics ranging from a program overview to practical application advice and next steps. The session also provides students in the College with an overview of the eligibility, requirements, and timeline for the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process.

Attendance at one Introduction to the Schwarzman Scholars Program Workshop is a requirement of the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process. RSVP by clicking the links below to receive Zoom login information:

Schwarzman Scholars Program: Essay Overview: Led by Dr. Johanna Best, Assistant Director of National Fellowships, College Center for Research and Fellowships

Building on the Schwarzman Scholars Program introductory workshop, this session provides guidance on how to draft an effective Leadership Essay and Personal Statement. The workshop will also review next steps for the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process.

Attendance at one Schwarzman Scholars Program: Essay Overview Workshop is a requirement of the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process. RSVP by clicking the links below to receive Zoom login information:

Truman Scholars for Public Policy Campus Process Workshops


Truman Scholarship for Public Service: introduction and application overview: Led by Dr. Nichole Fazio, Executive Director, College Center for Research & Fellowships; Associate Dean of Students, the College

Join us for an information session about the Truman Scholarship for Public Service, which provides funding for graduate studies to students who will pursue a career in public service. Learn more about what the Truman Foundation is looking for in competitive candidates, what makes for a strong application, and how to prepare for the University of Chicago campus nomination process. This session is also open to 1st- and 2nd-years who anticipate a career in public service and are interested in learning more about the scholarship program. Students must be College third-years (juniors or at least two full years before graduation) at the time of campus nomination to qualify. RSVP by clicking the links below to receive Zoom login information:

* Any student planning to apply for nomination in Autumn 2020 is required to attend a Truman introductory session.

Truman Scholarship for Public Service: overview of essays and policy proposalLed by Dr. Nichole Fazio, Executive Director, College Center for Research & Fellowships; Associate Dean of Students, the College

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. RSVP by clicking the links below to receive Zoom login information:

*Any student planning to apply in Autumn 2020 is required to attend a Truman essay and policy overview session.

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. RSVP by clicking the links below to receive Zoom login information:

(1) Literature Review: Led by Dr. Sandra Zupan, Assistant Director, The College Center for Research and Fellowships

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

(3) Research Proposal: Led by Dr. Sandra Zupan, Assistant Director, The College Center for Research and Fellowships

General CCRF-Information Sessions:


Doing good work remotely: academic and research success: Led by CCRF staff, students and invited guests

What challenges—as well as opportunities—does working remotely present to students and scholars? Join us for a panel discussion with academics, higher-education professionals, students, and FLI allies, to learn more about how to navigate study and research in today’s “remote” learning environment. Panelists will share tools, tricks, strategies, and insights on everything from establishing an “at-home” academic routine, to using technology for scholarship and research, to building scholarly communities, working groups, and support networks across the globe. Students will also be (re-)introduced to a variety of campus resources and how to make the most of them in this new, remote learning environment. Open to all undergraduates. RSVP by clicking the links below to receive Zoom login information:

Academic Tools, Preparation, and Planning Signature Series:


Applying to Graduate School: planning and preparing for success: Led by Dr. Nichole Fazio, Executive Director, College Center for Research & Fellowships; Associate Dean of Students, the College

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.  Open to all undergraduates. RSVP by clicking the links below to receive Zoom login information:

Applying to Graduate School: letters of recommendation: Led by Dr. Nichole Fazio, Executive Director, College Center for Research & Fellowships; Associate Dean of Students, the College

Among the most important aspects of your application to graduate school and major grants and fellowships, letters of recommendation serve to affirm your candidacy in ways your own writing cannot. This session provides targeted guidance on how you can assist your faculty in their letter writing efforts through clear communication, establishing appropriate timelines (when to make “the ask), and what to provide for supporting materials. We will also discuss how to determine who to ask and, for 1st- and 2nd-years, how to build meaningful relationships with the faculty who will do much more than write letters – including mentoring you, providing counsel on the best graduate programs for you, and guiding the development of your research. Open to all undergraduates. RSVP by clicking the links below to receive Zoom login information:

Preparing an effective Curriculum Vitae (CV): Led by Dr. Nichole Fazio, Executive Director, College Center for Research & Fellowships; Associate Dean of Students, the College

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. RSVP by clicking the links below to receive Zoom login information:

Interviewing for Success: principles, practices, and strategies: Led by Dr. Nichole Fazio, Executive Director, College Center for Research & Fellowships; Associate Dean of Students, the College

Many, if not most, competitive academic opportunities – including graduate school, national fellowships, and research positions – involve interviews. These may be individual or panel interviews and are distinct from those you may have encountered for jobs or internships. They are often intellectually challenging and designed to get you to think critically “on your feet”, while also introducing the interviewers to your authentic self.  Join us for a session to exposes the nuances of interviews for competitive scholarly opportunities, and provides tools, tips, and strategies for preparation and success. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from current students who recently went through interview experiences for nationally competitive opportunities. Open to all undergraduates. RSVP by clicking the links below to receive Zoom login information:

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