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)


College Research Week: May 13-17, 2019, Regenstein Library

For a complete schedule of the many information sessions and special events offered throughout Research Week, visit: http://ccrf.uchicago.edu/undergraduate-research/2019-college-research-week

Research Information Sessions:

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.

NEW! CCRF: Presenting Your Undergraduate Research: designing and delivering effective presentations

Disseminating your undergraduate research publicly is a vital part of your research enterprise (and, in fact, any research effort). Learn how to design and deliver an effective oral presentation about your research, including how to work within time limits and how to ensure that a well-educated, non-expert audience will connect with your work. Open to all years and majors, this session will enhance your success in classroom presentations, and campus, national and international conference and symposium environments.


National Fellowship Information Sessions:

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program at Stanford: information session and application guidanceled by Nichole Fazio, DPhil (Oxf); Director of the College Center for Research and Fellowships 

Join us for an information session about the Knight Hennessy Scholars Program to Stanford, as well as the campus application process. This information session will include details on the essays, selecting good letters of recommendation, and provide other tips, as well as details on the campus endorsement process (only expected for current undergraduates). All students/all disciplines and alumni are welcome to attend, even if you don’t plan to apply this year. 3rd and 4th years intending to apply this year are strongly encouraged to attend.

Teach English abroad through Fulbright: led by Nicholas Morris, Associate Director, National Fellowships

The Fulbright US Student Program is an opportunity to conduct research, study, or teach English for a year internationally after graduation. Thisinformation session will investigate the broad purpose and specific components of the English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Grant, including essays, engagement, and recommendations. We will identify essential components of previously successful grants and help you conceive of ways to start approaching the application.

Opportunities for Arts/Humanities Students, Years 1 & 2: led by Arthur Salvo, PhD, Assistant Director, National Fellowships

This session focuses on different ways that arts and humanities students can develop their academic interests during their first two years at UChicago. We’ll discuss getting involved with undergraduate research and examine fellowships such as the US/UK Fulbright Summer Institutes, Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), Beinecke Scholarship and more.

Global Leadership through the Schwarzman Scholars Program: led by Nicholas Morris, Associate Director, National Fellowships

Learn more about the College Center for Research and Fellowships' Schwarzman Scholarship campus application process. The Schwarzman Scholars Program provides scholars a one-year Masters Degree from Tsinghua University and seeks to position a new cohort of leaders to engage global problems with a unique understanding of China. We will review the program, highlight key dates, and unpack how students can begin to craft a competitive application.

International Research through Fulbright: led by Nicholas Morris, Associate Director, National Fellowships

The Fulbright US Student Program is an opportunity to conduct research, study, or teach English for a year internationally after graduation. Thisinformation session will investigate how you can launch your research interests through a funded, post-graduate grant. In this session, we will review the broad purpose and specific components of the Fulbright Grant, including essays, affiliations, and recommendations. We will identify essential components of previously successful grants and help you envision ways to start approaching the essays.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowshipsled by Nichole Fazio, Director, CCRF
The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) program is one of the most robust and well-recognized national fellowships in support of graduate education (STEM and selective Social Science disciplines). This session will introduce students to the basics of the NSF GRFP, with a focus on the application process and what makes for an especially strong application. Students of any class-standing are invited to attend. We strongly encourage 3rd- and 4th-year students intending to submit applications this coming October to attend. 

Fulbright Research Proposal Writing Workshopled by Sandra Zupan, Assistant Director, National Fellowships and Undergraduate Research

This workshop is designed to help you write a competitive Statement of Grant Purpose for Fulbright Study/Research Awards. You will learn how to develop a valid, compelling and timely project. We will identify and discuss essential components and structure of research proposals to help you prepare a strong, feasible project. You will further learn about ethical requirements, as well as how to present complex ideas to a multidisciplinary audience. To help you meaningfully engage with the host country community, we will also discuss aspects of cultural competence and provide examples of engagement projects. Please RSVP by clicking one of the links below: