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The Great Issues Scholars program is a Dickey Center program with residential and non-residential cohorts.
Great Issues Scholars participate in a year-long series of highly interactive events aimed at enhancing understanding of the world and the many challenges we face. It is an unparalleled opportunity to connect with faculty, visiting experts, and other students around complex global issues. No prior experience is necessary, but applicants should be:
Scholars work and learn together while they gather for small-group events around specific themes such as global health, climate change, gender in politics, international development, and regional security challenges.
Selected students are expected to attend a minimum of 12 Great Issues Scholars events over the course of the year (at least four per term). You do not have to attend all events, but regular participation ensures that you see the term's theme from a variety of viewpoints and hear differing approaches/opinions. It also means you have more opportunity to get to know your fellow Scholars. We take attendance at each scheduled event and track completion of the attendance requirement.
Many athletes participate in the program. So do students with campus jobs and other out-of-class commitments. We vary the event days/times so that you can pick events that work with your schedule. Our schedule allows flexibility for your other commitments.
GIS is not a class and you do not receive academic credit for participating. However, it is designed to complement the academic experience of a first-year student. Most Scholars find that GIS helps shape their academic trajectory at Dartmouth either confirming that they are on the right major/minor path or opening up new pathways for exploration.
At the end of your residency, you get a very cool certificate and a pin — but more importantly, you will have built a network of peers, mentors, and faculty in areas of shared interest, and you can add the experience to your resume.
Students are eligible for the program only in their first year of undergraduate study at Dartmouth. Students interested in participating in the Great Issues Scholars in Residence must apply to the program via the Housing StarPortal in Banner Student. Students interested in participating in the non-residential cohort can apply during the first week of fall term classes through the Dickey Center general application.
Each year approximately 15-20 percent of the first-year class apply – that's about 175-200 students. We never know until applications are submitted how many students will want to participate. We are accepting 80 Scholars in total this year, about half of whom will live in the Global Village.
We welcome all applications. We look for a mix of participants from around the world with diverse backgrounds and with various levels of prior experience or study of international issues. We are all here to learn together!
The Great Issues Scholars in Residence program is located within the Global Village, in the Byrne II, Goldstein, and Thomas buildings of McLaughlin, mainly in the Goldstein building. View floor plans on the website of the Office of Residential Life.