James O. Freedman Presidential Scholars: Application and Instructions
- Class of 2019: April 26, 2017
- Late applications will NOT be accepted
- Students are responsible for finding a faculty mentor for the program. See the UGAR tips for finding a faculty research mentor (which includes a link to the on-line faculty project database).
- Students should contact potential faculty mentors directly to arrange interviews during winter and/or spring term.
- If you are off campus in the winter, do not wait until spring to begin contacting faculty as some faculty may select their Scholars early in the process.
- Once you have been selected by a faculty mentor, you will complete an online application form (see below) and your faculty mentor will be required to confirm your application.
- You may interview with as many potential faculty mentors as you wish, but you may submit an application for only ONE two-term assistantship with ONE faculty advisor.
- Selection by a faculty mentor does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
- If there are more applications than stipends available, applications will be judged on factors such as: grades in relevant courses, description of the project and student's role, relationship of the research to the student's academic goals.
- Applications are not reviewed until after the application deadline, so there is no benefit to submitting application materials early.
- When you submit the application form, you will receive an email with your application information. Save a copy of this email as it is confirmation of your application submission.
- Students will receive notification of acceptance to the program approximately 3 weeks after the application deadline.
- Online application form (includes title and project description): READ THE GUIDELINES BELOW BEFORE SUBMITTING THE FORM
- Confirmation from faculty research advisor
- Submission of the online application form generates an automatic email to your faculty research mentor with a link to the online confirmation form.
- Be sure to follow up with your faculty research mentor to ensure that the s/he has received the email and is aware of the deadline.
- If your faculty research mentor does not receive the automatic email or is having difficulty with the form, s/he should email "undergraduate research."
Online Application Form: General instructions
- DO NOT complete the application form until you have ALL of the required information (including project title and description).
- Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).
- Use only alphanumeric characters (no symbols, dashes, quotation marks, tabs, line breaks, unusual fonts, etc.)
- Be sure that all information entered is accurate and free of errors as this information will comprise your formal program record.
- There is no option to save data typed into the form to access and edit later. If you do not submit the information you have entered, it will be deleted when you exit the system.
- Do not submit incomplete applications.
Online Application Form: Instructions by section
- Project title: MAXIMUM of 85 characters (not including spaces). Capitalize only the first word of the title and words that are always capitalized (names of people, countries, etc).
- Project description: 150-250 words
- One paragraph written as prose (no bullet points, lists, diagrams, references, etc.)
- Written in such a way that it is comprehensible to a broad audience.
- Written from your perspective (do not cut and paste a faculty project description from the online database).
- Do not include your project title in the description.
- Elements of a project description:
- Research topic: begin your abstract with a clear statement of the topic and provide a concise description of your project. Are you experimenting with color in watercolor paintings? Are you trying to identify the neural correlates of cognitive processes? Are you synthesizing a chemical compound? Are you analyzing how the media influences political processes?
- Background: this will vary according to the type of project but should be very brief, just enough to put the project into context. It may include such things as previous findings in the field, consideration of the wider context of the issue, etc.
- Methods: briefly describe how you intend to approach the project (are you doing experiments? Interviews? Archival research?). This section should be quite brief as you will be asked to provide more information about your specific role in a different question.
- Conclusion: comment on your anticipated outcome and/or what you hope to learn.
- Your role in the project: this should be written from the first person perspective (using words like I, me, my) and should describe what you will specifically be doing (e.g. interviewing subjects, making annotated bibliographies, synthesizing chemical compounds, etc.)
- Relationship of the project to your academic goals: you do not need to refer to specific classes (although you can if it is relevant) but you should provide a thoughtful explanation of how this experience will contribute to your academics (e.g. provide "real world" context for courses you have taken, help you figure out your academic path, allow you to explore something outside of your major/minor).
- Relationship of the project to your career goals: this can be very specific if you already have career plans, but it could also be more general (e.g. you are hoping to figure out whether to go to medical school to be a clinician or graduate school to be a researcher)
- This link is available during the application period.