James O. Freedman Presidential Scholars: Application and Instructions
- Class of 2018: April 27, 2016
- 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."
Completing the Online Application Form
- 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.
- Project titles: MAXIMUM of 85 characters (not including spaces). Capitalize only the first word and proper nouns.
- Project descriptions: MAXIMUM of 250 words
- One paragraph written as prose (no bullet points, lists, etc.)
- Written in such a way that it is comprehensible to a broad audience.
- Written from your perspective.
- No diagrams or references.
- Do not include your project title in the description.
Writing 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, your own academic and/or personal background and how this prepares you for your project, 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?)
- Conclusion: comment on your anticipated outcome and/or what you hope to learn.
Link to the online application form
- This link is available during the application period.