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: WNTR21 [Virtual]

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Fellowships Information Sessions: 

Research Information Sessions: 

 

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. 

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship: Overview and Essay Writing

Led by Sandra Zupan, College Center for Research and Fellowships, and Dana Currier, Study Abroad

The Gilman Scholarship enables students of limited financial means to study abroad during the spring, summer, fall, winter, or academic year term. Scholarships are up to $5,000, and up to $8,000 for applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad. In this session you will learn about the scholarship, the application process and the support available at UChicago. The workshop further aims to equip you with strategies for developing and writing effective essays. All students are encouraged to attend. RSVP and register for the Zoom webinar by clicking the link below:

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:

Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Scholarship (MMR) Short Answer and Motivation Statement Overview Session

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

This required overview session will provide potential Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Scholarship candidates with a detailed overview of the short answer questions and motivation statement components of the campus nomination application. This is a 90 minute session, with extended time built in for questions. It is intended to aid students in their application drafting process.

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


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

We are excited to invite you to the series that aim to build your information literacy and research skills! The content aims to help you:

  • Learn about campus resources to assist your academic endeavors
  • Succeed in research and writing courses
  • Search, identify, evaluate and read scholarly sources
  • Write a literature review and pose a research question
  • Learn about the process of research design and the principles of research ethics
  • Develop a persuasive research proposal
  • Submit successful research grant applications

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:

  • Wednesday, January 13: 12:00-1:00 PM

(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:

  • Wednesday, January 20: 12:00-1:00 PM

(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:


Doing Good Research Remotely

Led by Tracy Nyerges, CCRF, and Rebecca Starkey, Head of Research and Instruction Services, The Joseph Regenstein Library

Are you eager to continue to pursue your research activities successfully in this new remote environment? Are you writing a BA/BS or master's thesis and need further guidance on how to access vital resources virtually? Do you want to make sure that you maintain a productive relationship with your research mentor? If, so, then please join us for this session in which we'll discuss successful strategies for remote research and introduce you to the variety of ways you can continue to engage with scholarly materials remotely.


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.