“What starts here really does change the world.”
-Armando Vera, 2010 Exploration Grant recipient
The School of Undergraduate Studies offers competitive grants to students seeking funds to promote academic and career exploration. Grants can be requested in any amount up to $2,000, provided that the student carefully considers and succeeds in communicating how his or her academic or career plans will benefit from the experience
Recipients of the Summer Exploration Grant are encouraged to be creative with their planned exploration. Since the program’s inception in 2010, recipients have put their grants toward a variety of diverse experiences, including:
- Teaching English to elementary students in Cuzco, Peru
- Participating in the Halliburton Summer Business Foundations Institute
- Studying medicinal plants in Cuzco, Peru
In order to explore her interest in a medical career, 2012 recipient Ellie Nielsen used her grant toward a trip to Honduras with the Global Medical Brigades. As part of the brigade, Ellie assisted with providing medical and dental services to the people of a remote, mountain village near Tegucigalpa. Confirming her interest in pursuing a medical degree, the experience also motivated Ellie to acquire Spanish so she may “one day go back to a country that needs help, like Honduras, and help them even more.”
The School of Undergraduate Studies will also host a series of information sessions for eligible students interested in applying for a Summer Exploration Grant. These information sessions will be held in FAC 328 on the following dates & times:
- Tuesday, February 19th- 1-2 p.m.
- Tuesday, February 26th- 9-10 a.m.
- Tuesday, March 5th- 10-11 a.m.
- Tuesday, March 12th- 12-1 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 19th- 1-2 p.m.
- Monday, March 25th- 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
For more information or to apply, visit the Eligibility and Application page. The 2013 deadline for grant consideration is March 29, 2013.