Fellowships Advising News

SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP UPDATES FOR THE TEMPLE COMMUNITY

ADVISING ANNOUNCEMENT: We are available through December 20th for advising! Meet with us one-on-one to review or discuss any of the following opportunities, graduate school personal statements, or your trajectory. Not on campus? Not a problem. We can meet with you by Zoom, Skype, or phone.


In this edition, we:


  • Highlight several scholarships for undergraduates
  • List upcoming deadlines
  • Profile Temple students from TUJ, Fox, CST, and CLA


Take a break from finals and look at their experiences. This could be you next year!

Highlighted Scholarships for Undergraduates

Even though deadlines for the big post-undergrad fellowships (like Rhodes, Fulbright, and Marshall) have passed, there are still several open opportunities for undergraduates to consider. You don't have to wait until you're a senior to apply for a national award!


Boren Scholarship (National Security Education Program): Up to $20,000 to study a critical language and culture abroad. Ideal for students who intend a career in federal service, particularly in national security. (NOTE: STEM students can use the Boren for summer study abroad as long as it includes intensive critical language study).

Campus deadline: January 20, but candidates are encouraged to meet with Fellowships Advising before December 20.


St. Andrew's Society Scholarship: Apply as a sophomore to study for an academic year at one of four Scottish universities. $25,000. Ideal candidates have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, receive financial aid, and are involved in the community. No Scottish ancestry required. Campus deadline: February 1, but candidates are encouraged to meet with Fellowships Advising before December 20.


Udall Scholarship: Up to $7,000 to sophomores and juniors in any field who have a demonstrated interest in environmental protection and will pursue a career related to the environment. Campus deadline: January 20, but candidates are encouraged to meet with Fellowships Advising before December 20.


Interested but too busy to do anything now? Get on Barbara Gorka's or our TA Dana Muniz Pacheco's advising calendar for after finals. Both of us also conduct advising via Skype or phone.

HOW IS LIFE ABROAD ON ONE OF THESE SCHOLARSHIPS? Read about the experiences of two Temple students

Alexander Litz, TUJ, Boren Scholarship

What are you doing during your scholarship?

I am spending the academic year studying Mandarin Chinese at National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei, Taiwan on the Boren Scholarship. In addition to taking 10 hours of intensive Chinese classes a week, I am also taking a full course load of political science courses that are primarily concerned with issues regarding cross-strait relations between Mainland China and Taiwan. I am currently staying with a local Taiwanese family as part of a homestay. It has provided me a unique environment to not only improve my Mandarin in a natural setting but also has given me a better insight as to what the typical life of the average Taiwanese family looks like.


What about your experience has been surprising, challenging, or particularly exciting?

One thing that has surprised me in Taiwan is the linguistic diversity.At times it is a little difficult for me to participate as I am unable to understand and I feel like an outsider in the conversation when I try to butt in with Mandarin. I have been encouraged to pick up words and phrases wherever I go and many locals have expressed sentiments of happiness and warmth by my persistence at trying my best to learn!

Ronan Gleeson, Fox '21; St. Andrew's Scholarship in Scotland

Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities

Check out this extensive list of funded summer opportunities. Here are a few highlighted scholarships:


Fulbright UK Summer Institutes: One of the few major awards intended for freshmen or sophomores (GPA 3.7 or higher). Spend 3-4 weeks at selected UK universities.

Deadline: February 11.


National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): Spend the summer at one of 100s of labs across the country (and some abroad) conducting research as part of a team. Ideal for STEM undergraduates, but social science students should also check the list of sites. Deadlines vary from late November to early March, but most are in December through February.


Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program.

Apply as an undergraduate from any discipline. Deadline: February 1.


Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program.

Must be at least a sophomore at the time of application. Deadline: February 4.

WHAT DOES SUMMER RESEARCH LOOK LIKE? Hear it from Temple undergrads who have completed the NSF REU

Hannah Assour, CST'20; NSF-REU Program

What's your major?


Biology with teaching.


Where did you conduct your research?

I conducted research in the Pacific Northwest, in Eugene, Oregon, but fieldwork was across Oregon and Washington State. I also conducted research in Myvatn, Iceland.


What does "doing research" look like? In other words, what did you do on a daily basis?

For both my time in Oregon and in Iceland, the research had three main aspects. The first aspect, which took up most of my time during those summers, was field work. Once fieldwork was completed, we spent our days in the lab, processing these samples, which is the second aspect of my experience "doing research". Lastly, I spent the last few days of my research experience doing data analysis.



What advice do you have for other students interested in doing research?

Pursue something you enjoy and have a strong passion for! Doing research often involves committing a lot of time to one particular project or task, so it is important you enjoy doing it.


Read about other CST students' summer research here.

Pamela Jackson, CLA'19; NSF-REU Program. Research isn't just for STEM students!

What's your major?


Geography and Urban Studies, with a minor in Africology and African-American Studies.


What did you do on your research experience?


I was a surveyor and conducted surveys on social values in several areas along The Upper Missouri River Basin in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana.


What does "doing research" look like? In other words, what did you do on a daily basis?

I conducted door to door surveys in about 4-5 locations a day. After returning from surveys I would enter the data into a database and look for trends along the different variables.


What advice do you have for other students interested in doing research?

Apply for different programs, because you never know what types of experiences you could have if you decide to do things that you never imagined doing before.


Read more about Pamela's experience here.

Other Upcoming Deadlines

External Opportunities:


January 5: Humanity in Action. Apply as an undergraduate or a recent grad

January 15: Global Health Corps Fellowship. Apply as a senior, recent grad, or graduate student

January 20: Udall Scholarship: Apply as a sophomore or junior. Campus deadline: January 20, but interested students should meet with Barbara Gorka before the end of the fall semester

March 1: Pulse Pittsburgh. Apply as a senior or recent grad for a year of service in Pittsburgh


Internal Opportunities for Undergraduates:


February 10: Diamond Research Scholars Program

February 24: Diamond Peer Teachers

March 15: Creative Arts, Research and Scholarship Program (CARAS)


Want to see descriptions for these? Review the Undergraduate and Graduate Opportunities pages on the Fellowships Advising website.

Interested but too busy to do anything now? Get on Barbara Gorka's or our TA Dana Muniz Pacheco's advising calendar for after finals. Both of us also conduct advising via Skype or phone.

Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising

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