From ASPIRE REU program: Undergraduates interested in an in-depth summer research experience should consider the American Student Placements in Rehabilitation Engineering (ASPIRE) program at HERL. ASPIRE is a ten-week research program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), that focuses on research in the rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology fields.  In addition to full participation in an on-going research project, students write a project paper, develop a poster, and compete in an elevator pitch competition.  The program concludes with Student Symposium where the winners of the best paper, poster, and elevator pitch are recognized.

ASPIRE participants receive a stipend, housing, and laboratory accommodations.

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship–Who Should Apply

Are you working towards positive solutions to environmental challenges or to issues impacting Indian country?
Have you demonstrated your commitment to one of these areas through public service?
Do you inspire and motivate others to take action?
Are you committed to making a difference through civility and consensus building?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, the Udall Scholarship may be right for you. Click on the category that best fits your interests and goals to find out more.

EnvironmentFor undergraduates interested in conservation and environmental issues

Tribal PolicyFor Native Americans and Alaska Natives working on an array of policy issues in Indian country

Native Health CareFor Native Americans and Alaska Natives pursuing health-related careers

See go/udall for instructions on how to apply for Middlebury nomination. Applications for nomination are due Jan. 23, 2018 to!


Toni Cross ’18 was recently selected as one of thirty Rangel Scholars!

Rangel Scholar Toni Cross ’18

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship provides approximately $95,000 to pursue a master’s degree in international affairs. As part of the Rangel Program, Toni will work for a member of Congress on issues regarding foreign affairs in summer 2018. In the summer of 2019, she will intern with an overseas U.S. embassy. Upon completing her master’s, Toni will  begin her diplomatic career with the U.S. State Department. Toni began learning all the official United Nations’ languages in high school; she now speaks Modern Standard Arabic, Moroccan Arabic, French, Russian, and Spanish–and some Chinese! Congratulations, Toni!  Read more about Toni and the Rangel Program at 

Juan Sebastián Muñoz Rivera ’13 (Middlebury College) and Fangdi Pan ’15  (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey) were recently named Schwarzman Scholars! Selected from over 4,000 applicants, this cohort of 142 Schwarzman scholars comes from 39 countries and 97 universities, with 41% from the United States, 20% from China, and 39% from the rest of the world. Juan Sebastián and Fangdi will enroll at Schwarzman College on the Tsinghua University campus in Beijing in August 2018. The Schwarzman Scholars program was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship and is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. You can read more at our newsroom: . Congratulations to Middlebury’s newest Schwarzman Scholars!

The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship is now accepting applications for the 25th Class (Aug. 2018- Aug. 2019). The Emerson Hunger Fellows Program is a leadership development program that trains, inspires, and sustains a network of leaders committed to social justice. The Emerson program bridges community-based efforts with national public policy to develop Hunger Fellows as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty. Fellows are placed for the first six months with community-based organizations all over the country involved in fighting hunger at the local level, such as grass roots organizing groups, food banks, local advocates, and direct service providers. Fellows then move to Washington, D.C. to complete the year with national nonprofit organizations and federal government agencies to develop, implement, and advocate for policies that address hunger and its root causes, including racism. Throughout the year, the Fellows develop a strong learning community for reflection, resource sharing, and skill building that supports their field and policy work and their leadership development. The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program develops effective leaders with a deep understanding of hunger, poverty, and racism at both the local and national level that enables them to find innovative solutions and create the political will to end hunger.

Application and Fellowship information:

The deadline for applications for the next class of Fellows is January 10, 2018. Applications are accepted online only. The 25th Emerson Hunger Fellowship cohort will start in late August 2018 and conclude at the end of July 2019. Fellows receive a financial package of no less than $36,000 over the duration of the Fellowship. For more information about the program and for details on the application process, visit our website: 

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