For those students and alumni interested in the Schwarzman Scholarship but not on campus for the info session on Thursday, April 23–we are trying out a videoconference option so that you can participate. To join in, here are the instructions:

  • Please use Google Chrome.
  • Please wear headphones during the call.
  • Click link: https://simplicityvideo.net 
  • Person or conference number: 18024435072
  • Your name: enter your name
  • Click join
  • Click join as guest.
  • Click next.
  • When you’re not speaking, please mute your microphone by clicking on the microphone option in the bar across the type (if you don’t, any noise you make will make your video take up the entire screen as it switches to the active speaker.).

Following the info session, we will post the session video online for those who could not make this time. Any questions, email fellowships@middlebury.edu .

Join us for an information session about the new Schwarzman Scholars Program on Thursday, April 23 from 4:30-5:30pm in Library 201. A representative from the program will lead the session. 

Schwarzman Scholars, inspired by the Rhodes scholarship, is a program designed to help future leaders meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond by preparing them to better understand China’s culture, economy, governance and motivations. Up to 200 Scholars chosen annually from around the world for this highly selective, fully-funded program will have an unrivaled opportunity to live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling and developing first-hand exposure to China and its people. Scholars will study for a one-year Masters degree in public policy, international relations, or economics and business at Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious institutes of higher education. The program will focus on China as an economic and political force in the world through substantive, thematic study tours around the country. Their leadership and professional capacities will be further deepened by a mentoring program linking scholars to business, political and civil society leaders in the country, and through internships with global and national institutions and corporations based in Beijing. All classes will be taught in English and students will have opportunities throughout the year to study Mandarin.

A Schwarzman Scholar should demonstrate extraordinary leadership potential, the ability to anticipate paradigm changes, strong intellectual capacity and exemplary character.  This scholarship is open to all citizenships. Students must have completed their undergraduate degree by before the program begins in July 2016.  Young alumni eligible to apply.

The program will build a professionally diverse cohort each year and welcome applicants from any undergraduate major who can articulate how the experience in China will help develop their skills  as leaders in their fields.  We expect the largest number of applications from fields and topics that are heavily influenced by trends in China, including but certainly not limited to economics, political science, sociology, history, business, public policy, international studies, environmental studies, energy, health, climate, urban studies, trade and others. We do welcome and encourage applications from young leaders in any field relevant to issues influenced by or relevant to China. To learn more, visit http://schwarzmanscholars.org/

The Truman Foundation just posted the names of the 58 new 2015 Truman Scholars. Middlebury students Kate Hamilton ‘15.5 and Maddie Orcutt ’16 are among this impressive group of new Truman Scholars! The 2015 class was selected from among 688 candidates nominated by 297 colleges and universities—the most applications the foundation received in a decade. You can read about the new Truman Scholars here.

The deadline approaches! If you plan to apply for the Kellogg Fellowship–supporting senior work in the humanities and areas of humanistic study–send your application materials to uro@middlebury.edu by end of day on Friday! Letters of recommendation can be emailed directly to uro@middlebury.edu. The fellowship of $5,000 can support both summer and 2015-16 academic year research activities for independent senior work.

Eligible projects: Proposed projects must engage in philosophical inquiry in the humanities and areas of humanistic study, broadly defined, including but not limited to philosophy, religion, classics, history, history of art and architecture, film and media culture studies, languages, American studies, and English and American literatures.

Full application instructions and fellowship information are online at go/kellogg .  

Questions? Please contact Dean Lisa Gates or Colleen Norden at uro@middlebury.edu.

 

We are thrilled for Linnea Burnham 14.5 and Katie Manduca 14.5, who received Watson Fellowships! Find out their projects and more about the Watson at http://watson.foundation/fellowships/tj/fellows  . Congrats, Linnea and Katie!

See communications article on Linnea and Katie

Check out what happened when Ben Savard ’14 explored a neuroscience research lab Middlebury: selfie via octopus!  It’s gone viral. See more at http://www.middlebury.edu/newsroom/node/492145 . Ben Savard Octopus Photo

A shout out to all those excellent Fulbright applicants who helped make Middlebury a top producer of Fulbrighters for 2014-15! We have 12 grantees this year, pursuing research or teaching English all over the globe–Columbia, Germany, Spain, Russia, Brazil, China, Jordan, India, Poland and Ecuador. Rising seniors and young alumni, now is an excellent time to be thinking about a Fulbright application! Preliminary applications are due April 15; our final on-campus deadline will be in September.

Join me on those dates to learn more about fellowships for rising seniors and young alumni! Here’s the schedule:

  • Overview of Fall Fellowships (British, Watson, Fulbright), Thursday, February 26, 6:30-7:30 pm in Hillcrest 103
  • Preparing a Nomination Application for the British Scholarships: Thursday, March 5, 6:30-7:30 pm in Hillcrest 103
  • Preparing Proposals for the Fulbright and Watson: Thursday, Thursday, March 12, 6:30-7:30 pm in Hillcrest 103

For more info, you know where to go– go/fellowships!

Applications are now being accepted for Middlebury students seeking summer research positions with faculty at multiple locations:  Albany College of Pharmacy Vermont Campus, Vermont VA Medical Center, UVM medical school or other institutions in the NE IDeA region (New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Delaware that have institutions like Jackson Labs, Maine Medical Center and Delaware State University).  The stipend ($4,562) and workman’s compensation totals $5,000 for each student. $1,000 per student will also be provided in the subcontract for supplies or travel.  Additional funds for travel and accommodations will be made available if the student internship is out of state.
 
Applications must be completed online by the student.  Students will select a priority institution and be matched with an investigator doing research in a subject area of interest to the student.  The due date is be February 20, 2015.  The information and application can be found at VGN Undergraduate Student Summer Research Support 2015.

 

Congratulations to Mohamed Hussein on the publication of his article “Foreign language and Decision-making Biases: A Brief Exploration of the Relationship Between Emotions, using a Foreign Language, and Decision-making,” in the most recent issue of Journal of Student Research. You can read it online at http://www.jofsr.com/index.php/path/article/view/207 .

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