Undergraduate Fellowship Program

(Application Mid-February)

About the program

*A NOTE ON COVID-19
In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 applicants will be required to submit a plan outlining how their project can be adapted to remote research until the Dartmouth campus is fully re-opened.

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 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. 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:  Fellows are eligible for 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:  Fellows will receive a stipend to support part-time research under the supervision of a Dartmouth faculty member. 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 Community.  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, as well as a 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 & TIMELINES

The Application for the EEJUF consists of the following elements:

  1. Two-Reference Request Form - suggested due date mid-March to give faculty time to submit

    • Research Mentor: The research mentor is the faculty member with whom you will conduct research over the two years of the fellowship. Therefore, your choice of research mentor is a critical component of your application. We encourage you to identify this person as soon as possible to allow ample time for them to work with you in crafting your research proposal and to develop a mentorship plan. They will also be helpful in devising a Covid-19 contingency plan for your project.

    • Faculty Recommender: This should be someone who knows you well as an intellectual being and is familiar with your academic goals, including your motivation for possibly pursuing a PhD in a STEM field. It will also be helpful if they can speak to your ability to work collaboratively, provide leadership and promote diversity and inclusion.

      *Please follow up with your faculty later in March and mention the April 9 deadline for all materials.

  2. E.E. Just Undergraduate Fellowship Application Form - deadline April 9 for ALL materials

    • Personal Information (e.g., name, proposed major(s)/minor(s), etc.)
    • Essay Questions 
    • Research Proposal (written in consultation with your Research Mentor)
    • Covid-19 Contingency Plan (written in consultation with your Research Mentor)

      We encourage you to start the application today!

  • April 26 - 30, 2021: Finalist Interviews
     
  • Early May 2021: Announcement of fellowship recipients.