Undergraduate Fellowship Program

Program description

The E.E. Just Undergraduate Fellowship is a two-year fellowship—held during the junior and senior years—designed to increase the number of underrepresented minorities at Dartmouth who choose to enter a doctoral program in a STEM field after graduation. Recipients will receive funding to pursue full-time research during “off terms” and, during “on terms,” recipients will receive a stipend to support their full participation in E.E. Just Programming and part-time research. Additionally, Undergraduate Fellows receive a professional development fund, mentorship from an E.E. Just Faculty Advisor, participate in professional development workshops designed to prepare them to thrive in graduate school, and serve as a role models within the E.E. Just and Dartmouth Community through their active participation in the full slate of E.E. Just activities.

Eligibility

Sophomores majoring in a STEM discipline who are interested in earning a PhD and are committed to the mission of the E.E. Just Program are eligible to apply. Applicants must identify a research mentor and work with that mentor to lay the groundwork for a research project that will stretch over the course of two years. Ideally, your project will lead to a senior thesis. Note that this is a competitive program and not all students who submit an application will be selected.

Benefits and responsibilities

Funding for faculty-mentored research:

  • Off-terms: funding to support up to two terms of full-time (40 hours per week) research during a leave term under the direction of a Dartmouth faculty member
  • On-terms: funding for part-time research under the supervision of a Dartmouth faculty member
  • Note: Fellows are also expected to fully participate in E.E. Just programming. The combined time commitment for research and program participation is 10-12 hours per week, up to six terms.

Mentorship: Each Fellow will have two faculty mentors as part of the program

  • Faculty research mentor: supervision and guidance for the Fellow’s research project
  • E.E. Just Faculty Advisor: general academic and career guidance

Leadership:

  • Fellows will serve as role models and leaders within the E.E. Just and Dartmouth Communities.
  • In particular, Fellows will participate in aspects of Dartmouth Adventures in STEM our pre-orientation program for students interested in majoring in STEM.

Professional development:

  • Workshops designed to prepare Fellows to apply for and to thrive in graduate school
  • Professional development fund that can be used for such things as travel to professional meetings and for graduate application preparation.

Study Space:

  • Fellows will have access to the E.E. Just Space (Wilder 113)

Quarterly Reports: Each quarter Fellows will submit a report summarizing their research findings and experience

Application timeline for the Class of 2020

May 1, 2018: Deadline to submit the online recommendation request form with the name and email address of two Dartmouth faculty who have agreed to write recommendations on your behalf:

  • Faculty research mentor: professor who has agreed to be your research mentor
  • Recommender: a Dartmouth faculty member who is familiar with your academic work and/or academic and career goals

June 8, 2018: Application deadline for all application materials

  • Online student application form
  • Online faculty recommendation form: your faculty recommenders will receive the link to the form via email. Be sure they are aware of the application deadline.

June 21-29, 2018: Interviews of finalists

Application questions

You will be asked the following questions on the application form, so please consider your responses in advance:

  1. Why do you want to be an E.E. Just Undergraduate Fellow? Please consider how your own life choices, values and goals are reflected in the mission of the E.E. Just Program and the Undergraduate Fellowship.
  2. Please tell us about your personal academic achievement along with extracurricular involvement that demonstrates your commitment to the fundamental objectives of the E.E. Just Program. In particular, please discuss your current involvement with the E.E. Just Program and your plans for future participation.
  3. Please describe your academic interests, the Dartmouth courses and experiences that have been most influential in shaping them and your motivation for teaching and doing research at the college/university level? What steps have you already taken to develop your skills as a researcher and teacher?
  4. Please describe the research project you wish to engage in over the next two years. Be sure to describe your project in terms that are accessible to a general audience of scientists (i.e., engineers, physicists, biologists, chemists, mathematicians, etc.). Be sure to note the scientific merit of you proposed project: how does it fit into the overall landscape of your chosen field? Ideally, your project will lead to a senior thesis. (We strongly recommend that you work on your answer to this question in conjunction with your research mentor.)
  5. Please discuss your academic and extracurricular commitments and how you would balance them with your commitment as an E.E. Just Undergraduate Fellow, which would be 10-12 hours per week during “on terms” and 40 hours per week during “off terms.”