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.


Spring Quarter Information Sessions, Workshops & CCRF Signature Series (SPR19)


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


    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.


    National Fellowship Information Sessions:

    Fulbright Information Session: Study/Research led by CCRF and UChicagoGRAD staff

    Held in conjunction with UChicagoGRAD, this information session will share more about the process for applying for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant with the College Center for Research and Fellowships. This information session will investigate the specific components of the Study/Research Grant, including structuring your Statement of Grant Purpose, acquiring a Letter of Affiliation, and best strategies for brainstorming effective Letter of Recommendation writers. We will identify essential components of previously successful grants and help you brainstorm ways to start approaching the essays.

    Schwarzman Scholars Information Session led by Schwarzman Admissions Outreach and Selection Officer, Julia Cunico Gardner

    Schwarzman Scholars is a highly-selective, fully-funded scholarship program, based at the distinguished Tsinghua University in Beijing. The program was designed to ensure that the next generation of leaders can effectively serve as bridges between China and the rest of the world. They aim to achieve this by (1) recruiting promising young leaders; (2) educating them about China’s global role via a one-year Master’s in Global Affairs; and (3) linking them to senior mentors in their field in China and to their peers among China’s rising young leaders. 

    Fulbright Information Session: English Teaching Assistantship led by CCRF and UChicagoGRAD staff

    Learn more about the process for applying for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant with the College Center for Research and Fellowships. This information session will investigate the specific components of the ETA Grant, including structuring your Statement of Grant Purpose, imagining an effective Personal Statement, and brainstorming effective Letter of Recommendation writers. We will identify essential components of previously successful grants and help you conceive of ways to start approaching the essays.

    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:

    Nationally Competitive Funding Opportunities for Underrepresented Students: led by Sandra Zupan, PhD, Geography; Assistant Director of National Fellowships and Research (CCRF)

    Join us to learn more about national scholarships and fellowships that place an emphasis on supporting diversity and inclusion. We will introduce you to study abroad, language training and public service opportunities, such as Gilman Scholarship, Critical Languages Scholarship, Fulbright UK Summer Institutes, Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program and Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship. Additionally, you will learn about post-graduate opportunities like Fulbright, Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Soros Fellowship for New Americans and Graduate Education for Minorities Fellowship. RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below:

    Scholarships and Fellowships: Study, Language Training & Summer Research Abroad: led by Sandra Zupan, PhD, Geography; Assistant Director of National Fellowships and Research (CCRF)

    Underrepresented students make up only a quarter of US students abroad. Yet, study abroad has become one of the most powerful ways for graduates to gain skills necessary to participate in the global economy. Join us to learn more about funding opportunities for study, language training and research abroad that place an emphasis on supporting diversity and inclusion, such as Gilman Scholarship, Critical Languages Scholarship, Fulbright UK Summer Institutes, Boren Scholarship and Fulbright. Additionally, you will learn about summer language training and research opportunities for STEM majors like Boren STEM and DAAD RISE. RSVP by clicking on your preferred date below:

    The Personal Statement: led by Larry McEnerney, Director of University Writing Program

    The CCRF and the University Writing Program are pleased to present The Personal Statement, a general session on writing about yourself with purpose. Usually less than one thousand words, and frequently left entirely to your discretion, Personal Statements (for nationally competitive fellowships) are confoundingly vague and absolutely crucial to the success of an application. In this session (open to all but geared towards students applying for one or more of the following: Fulbright GrantUK awardsKnight-HennessySchwarzman, or Yenching Scholar Programs) we will tackle the big picture questions related to the Personal Statement writing process and seek to provide practicable insight as you begin your application!

    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: