Fellowships and other cool opportunities

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(Class of '08) Marcela DiBlasi, Amy Chin, Lashonda Williams, Aston Gonzalez, Raemond Parrott, Billy Guzman, Amy Steele, Paulette Rodriguez, Haydee Lindo, Danielle Calloway
(Class of ’07'07) Ashley Brown, Kiana Gree, Priyanka Bangard, José José Valenzuela, Sara Morrissey, Robert Bland, Ariana Orozco, Paula Santos, Seulghee Lee
(Class of ’06'06) Esa Seegulam, Nikhar Gaikwad, Avon Khowong, Becky Burditt, Teresa Martinez, Richard Sosa, Alexandra Fleary, Lisha PérezPérez, Alana Frost, Jessica Davis
The MMUF and the WCURF are fellowships that provide students with the opportunities to work on research with faculty mentors. Students should have a strong interest in research and who plan to go to graduate school after Williams.
* '''Past Winners''': See brochure and binder in the OCC
The OCC fellowships give students the resources needed to carry out virtually any internship. Applicants submit a proposal, describing the internship in as much detail as possible. The keys to a winning application are including as much detail as possible (so the committee knows you’re you're serious and qualified) and making connections to both past experience and long-term career goals.
Grant recipients receive a check at the beginning of the summer and are expected to use it to cover expenses related to the internship (housing, food, transportation). They are also expected to submit a 1-2-page write-up to Ron Gallagher before September 1 after the internship.
=== Keck Consortium Grants ===
There's a consortium for [ geology] and [ astronomy], each with a summer research program.
* '''Past winners''': ([ astronomy]) Shelby Kimmel '08 (2005), [[Joe Gangestad '06]] (2003), Utsav KC ’06 '06 (2003), Dave Butts '06 (2004)
=== [ Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid] ===
* '''Deadline''': March 15 and October 15
* '''Award''': ≤~$5000
* '''Past winners''': [[Joe Gangestad '06]] (2003)[[Ben Brown '06]] (2006)
* '''Applications due''': October 3, 2005
* '''Administrator''': [ Professor James McAllister], [ Political Science Department]
* '''Past Winners''': (2005) Sara Gersen ’05 '05 Elle Frazer ‘05'05, Ben Scent ’06'06, [[Alan Cordova ’06'06]], (2004) [ Jess Lovaas ‘06"˜06]
The goal of the Gaudino fellowship is to plan and carry out an independent project designed to fulfill the motto of “uncomfortable learning” – "uncomfortable learning" being in an environment that challenges one’s one's beliefs and/or sensibilities. The goal is to not only learn something, but reflect on the experience. Proposals are due at the end of September and must include a specific itinerary and budget. The key to winning the Gaudino is to demonstrate that what you are doing will take you so far out of your element that it will be a highly transformative experience.
Grant recipients enroll in [ PSCI 023]. However, after that, you are pretty much on your own to take the project wherever you want.
* Name and class year of student
* Starting date and number of weeks for the research project (10 weeks maximum, but shorter periods are fine, in which case the amount of the stipend will be calculated accordingly, at $340/week; the stipend level assumes a full-time work week).
* Housing required? On-campus lodging is available from June 12 thru August 18 and we will pay for this as well. We don’t don't pay for student meals, but they can enroll in an economical meal plan with dining services.
* Project Title and Project Description
* Qualifications of the student for this project
* Is this request for a backup or supplement to another grant or fellowship?
Student participation in summer faculty research projects must be substantial and significant so as to provide authentic involvement in academic research. Projects comprised largely of clerical or background work performed by students will likely not be funded. There is no “residency requirement” "residency requirement" per se, but it is certainly preferred that students spend a substantial amount of their time on campus, as one of the hopes of this initiative is to foster a student summer research climate on campus. There are clearly cases where research is best conducted elsewhere, in which case we ask that faculty sponsors be in a position to monitor the off-site research. Also, please note that current seniors are ineligible for this program.
This program is not to be confused with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUFP) or the Williams Undergraduate Research Fellowship (WCURF), both of which also support student summer research and are run by Molly Magavern out of the Office for Special Academic Programs.
* '''Past Winner''': (2005) [[Alan Cordova '06]]
Established in 1988 by the family, friends and classmates of Charles W. Hufford ’89'89, the Charles Hufford Memorial Fellowship is awarded to a member of the junior class to support independent research or work broadly related to the field of political economy or political science during the summer before the senior year. The purpose of the fellowship is to enable a Williams undergraduate to pursue an imaginative project with prospects for personal enrichment and expansion of educational horizons. One fellowship will be awarded this year.
Students wishing to apply for the fellowship should prepare a description of their project together with a brief estimated budget. The proposal should include a statement of purpose, a description of the project, and the names of two Williams faculty members who can be called for references. The proposal should be approximately 1000 words. The statement should explain how the project will enrich and expand the applicant’s applicant's educational perspectives. The budget should briefly outline the anticipated expenses for the project.There is no requirement that applicants have a particular major. However, as stated above, the proposed subject and its purpose must be related – "broadly interpreted – " to the field of political science or political economy. The Hufford Fellow will be expected to submit a written report on the project, its achievements and consequences, at the end of the fellowship.
=== Linen Summer Grant for Asian Studies ===
* '''Past Winners''': (2005) Kristyn J. Bretz '06, Phillip G. Carter '08, Jason C. Fan '08, Morgan J. Goodwin '08, Theodore F. Haley '07, Christian M. Hudak '08, Jason Law '06, Thai Q. Nguyen '08, Ridhima S. Raina '07, Phoebe N. Rockwood '07, Richard J. Sosa '06, S.Peter Tosirisuk '07, (2004) Godfrey Bakuli '07
Supported by an endowment for Asian Studies established by family and friends in memory of James A. Linen III, Class of 1934, the Department of Asian Studies offers a limited number of grants to assist Williams College undergraduates (including rising juniors, rising sophomores, and rising first-years) in traveling to South, Southeast, and East Asia during the summer for educational purposes. Note that, for the purposes of these grants, “Asia” "Asia" refers to South, Southeast, and East Asia, defined as those parts of the continent east of the Khyber Pass and south and east of the Tian Shan Mountains and the Gobi Desert.Proposals might include (but are not limited to) conducting research for an honor's honors thesis; pursuing other kinds of independent research under the direction of a member of the Williams College faculty; participating in an intensive language training program in Asia at the advanced or intermediate level; etc. Students who have not studied Asian languages at Williams are also eligible to apply. Students develop individual study proposals in consultation with sponsoring faculty members, and these are evaluated by the department in the spring. Several awards are given each year, in amounts that vary depending on the proposed research. Students wishing to apply for Linen Summer Grants should contact the Asian Studies Department Chair early in the Spring semester for information about obtaining an application.
The Linen Grant Selection Committee will give highest priority to funding proposals that contribute to developing a student’s student's scholarship in a serious and well-focused way. Proposals might include (but are not limited to) conducting research for an honor’s honor's thesis; pursuing other kinds of independent research under the direction of a member of the Williams College faculty; participating in an intensive language training program in Asia at the advanced or intermediate level; etc. The selection committee may elect to call finalists for a brief interview. Grants will be awarded according to the merits of the proposal and the availability of funds; some projects may be offered partial funding. Please note that disbursement of grants will be through payment of invoices or reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses based on receipts. Applicants will be informed of the committee’s committee's decision by mid April.
Students who wish to be considered for Linen grants should submit the following:
* A project proposal of no more than 500 words. The proposal should describe in detail the project to be undertaken. It should include an explanation of how the project fits in with the student’s student's present and future study plans, as well as an explanation of why this project can be most successfully undertaken only in Asia.* If the applicant is proposing an independent research project, the applicant should submit a brief letter of support from the member of the Williams faculty who has agreed to supervise the project, including a description of the project’s project's final product.
* The names of two faculty references. The selection committee may contact references directly if the applicant is a finalist.
* A detailed project budget indicating how much money is requested and the specific purposes to which it will be put. Indicate what alternative sources of funding are available, including any that have been or will be applied for.
* '''Applications Due''': February 20, 2006
* '''Announced''': Before spring break
* '''Past Winners''': See packet in the Dean’s Dean's Office or on the [ web site].
Williams offers three fellowships in support of student travel abroad during the summer following their junior year (i.e., rising seniors). Students interested in applying for these fellowships should attend the information meeting in November or December. This will be your chance to ask specific questions about the fellowships and project design. Please note that the fellowships support travel outside the United States only, and that projects must be fully designed and implemented by the students who propose them; fellowship funds may not be used to pay tuition or expenses for any organized course of study abroad.
The Mary and Nathaniel M. Lawrence Memorial Fellowship, in honor of Nathaniel Lawrence, Professor of Philosophy, and his wife Mary, makes relatively modest grants to support travel projects that lead to personal development. This means that a student’s student's project need not have an academic or primarily educational component; suchprojects that do would likely be more appropriate for one of the other two fellowships.
The Robert G. Wilmers Jr. 1990 Memorial Student Travel Abroad Fellowship honors Robert Wilmers, Jr. The fellowship’s fellowship's grants are designed to support substantial projects involving foreign travel and study. Successful projects will normally involve 6 weeks or more abroad, and will present an ambitious intellectual program.
The Class of 1945 Student World Fellowship is the gift of those classes whose academic careers at Williams were interrupted by World War II. These fellowships support projects of travel and study abroad that aim to increase international understanding, knowledge of and concern for other cultures, and social action that forges links among countries. The donors are especially interested in supporting projects that may form the basis for a senior thesis upon the fellows’ fellows' return, but this is not a rigid criterion. Projects must been substantial in their aims.
For all summer fellowships, projects must take place outside of the United States. Projects must be independently planned and implemented. Awards are made to individual applicants only. Applications submitted by two or more students for joint projects will not be considered.
* '''Applications due''': May
* '''Administrator''': [ Professor Cheryl Shanks], [ Political Science Department]
* '''Past Winners''': Paul Simon ’05'05
From a fund established in 1944 by the [[Sentinels of the Republic]], this prize designates an unusually gifted senior as the Sentinels of the Republic Scholar, who receives a substantial stipend to cover costs associated with a year-long advanced research project in American politics under the direction of the political science faculty.
* '''Adminstrator''': [ Sadie Miller]
The Community Scholars Project is a pilot summer program which will provide 8 students the opportunity to intern during the summer of ‘05 "˜05 with a Northern Berkshire County community-based non-profit organization and develop related research and analytical skills.
Students in the 8 week summer program will participate in a pre-work orientation seminar in early April (after Spring Break) before working in the local community organization of their choice from June 13th through August 5th.
* '''Adminstrator''': [ Professor Gerrard], Chair, [ Jewish Studies Program]
The Bronfman Fund for Judaic Studies was established in 1980 by Edgar M. Bronfman `'50, Samuel Bronfman II `'75, and Matthew Bronfman `'80. The Bronfman Fund provides opportunities for the Williams community to learn about Jewish history and culture, both within the College's formal curriculum and through the planning of major events on Jewish themes.