Thursday, November 29, 2007

Honors College E-Newsletter #13, Fall 2007

  • This is your Honors College newsletter backlogged from the week of Thanksgiving Break. You'll receive another edition tomorrow, so be ready to enjoy a double-dose of opportunities this week!
  • The first item featured is a highly competitive fellowship program that will pique the interest of the many Honors students who have expressed an interest in foreign service, diplomacy, and a State Department career. Sophomores and seniors, pay special attention! Freshmen and juniors, read about the program and prepare to compete next year!
  • Mark your calendars now for the Honors College Open House, December 4, from 5:00-7:00 in Nott Hall.

  • Pickering Fellowships for students interested the U.S. State Department
  • The Earthquake Engineering Program
  • Alabama Action Student Leader Applications
  • Creative Writing Summer School
  • Environment, Society, and Culture of Ecuador

Pickering Fellowships for students interested the U.S. State Department
Is working for the U.S. State Department in International Affairs your dream career? The Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship Program seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. Undergraduate and Graduate fellowships are available.

For undergraduates, the fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study, with reimbursement for books and for travel (one round trip per academic year, up to a set maximum amount). Fellows must commit to pursuing a graduate degree in international studies at one of the graduate schools participating in the program. Participating graduate schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on need. Fellows meet annually in Washington, D.C., for a program orientation. The time to apply is during your sophomore year of college. Twenty Pickering Fellows were chosen from around the country last year. Read all the details at Deadline: February 2008.

For graduates, the fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees for the first year and second year of graduate study, with reimbursement for books and travel (one round trip per academic year, up to a set maximum amount). Graduate-level Fellows receive stipends during participation in one domestic summer internship between the first and second year of graduate school, and one summer overseas internship following the second year of graduate school, as well as other benefits. The time to apply is during your senior year of college. Twenty Pickering Fellows were chosen from around the country last year. Read all the details at

Freshmen and juniors who are interested in applying for these fellowships should study the requirements on the websites now, and seek advising from Dr. Sloan, Dr. Oneal, and/or your major advisor.

Sophomores and seniors who decide to apply, please inform both Dr. Gary Sloan ( and Dr. Fran Oneal ( of your intent.

The Earthquake Engineering program will provide participants with knowledge of earthquake engineering principles (physics, theory, engineering interpretation and design) and then take them to Istanbul where they will see these principles applied.

The program will be offered during the spring semester, with an international field trip to Istanbul from March 7-16, 2008. The $3000 program fee includes:
  • Tuition for the three-credit online spring semester course offered by Purdue University
  • Roundtrip international airfare between Chicago and Istanbul
  • Hotel accommodations, all breakfasts and lunches, transportation and cultural activities while in Istanbul
  • Visa fee
  • Medical insurance during the international portion.

Applicants should be students majoring in civil engineering, architectural engineering, geology, seismology or related studies with at least sophomore standing. U.S. citizenship is not required for the program. Application Deadline: Friday November 30.

Alabama Action Student Leader Application
Please use the attached application form if you would like to apply to be a student leader of Alabama Action for the summer of 2008.

Creative Writing Summer School
The University of Manchester's new Creative Writing Summer School is now open. Run by the Centre for New Writing, this academically rigorous, four-week summer school offers a unique opportunity to study British/Irish literature and creative writing at one of the UK's most popular universities.

Features include:
  • A gala event featuring world-famous novelist Martin Amis
  • Guided trips to literary sites in Dublin, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Moors
  • Regular readings and Q&A sessions with visiting novelists and poets
  • Creative writing workshops led by published writers
  • Lectures and seminars on a range of British and Irish literature
  • The chance to explore Manchester - England's second city renowned for its night life and music scene
  • Accommodation and meals in centrally located University buildings

The following courses will be offered:
  • Creative Writing - a workshop-based course in which students will have the opportunity to write, read and discuss short stories and poetry.
  • Literature and Place - students will explore the varied roles and meanings of place in the work of writers such as Wordsworth, the Brontës, Yeats, Joyce and Ted Hughes, through a mixture of lectures, seminars and field trips.

The summer school is open to undergraduates entering their Junior or Senior year, who have a GPA of 3.0 and above and an interest in literature and/or creative writing. It will take place 30 June - 24 July 2008; to find out more please visit

June 7 – August 2, 2008
Georgetown University Ÿ Washington, DC

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies in partnership with Georgetown University, the Institutes combine substantive internships, courses for academic credit, career development activities, site briefings and lectures led by prominent policy experts. Students will be accepted in a rolling basis until the Final Deadline of February 25, 2008. Students applying by the Early Deadline of November 30, 2007 are given preference in admissions and scholarship decisions and will receive a 5% discount on their tuition balance.
  • Internships – Competitive placements with top sites in D.C.
  • Classes – Up to 9 transferable credits from Georgetown University· Housing – Furnished on-campus apartments in the heart of D.C.
  • Guest Lectures – With Washington’s top policy and industry experts
  • Site Briefings – At the White House Complex, State Department, U.S. House of Representatives, and Federal Reserve
  • Leadership & Professional Development – Leadership, mentoring and career building activities
  • Networking – Interaction with hundreds of other student leaders from around of the world
  • Scholarships – Over half of all students receive full or partial funding based on merit and financial need

Four eight-week programs are offered in the following subject areas:
  • Politics, Public Policy and International Affairs
  • Journalism and Communications
  • Corporate Business and Government Affairs
  • Nonprofit and Community Service

For more information and an online application, please visit our website

Environment, Society, and Culture of Ecuador
Study Abroad Summer 2008
Application review begins December 7, 2007
The Galapagos Islands Await YOU!

Eastern Illinois University is pleased to invite students, teachers, friends and adult family to enjoy the geography, earth science, culture and history of Ecuador July 22 to August 10, 2008. This sixth summer field studies in Ecuador earns 4 undergraduate or graduate credits. Meet local people and explore tropical ecological zones in the Andes Mountains, fertile mountain valleys, Amazon rainforest, and enchanted Galapagos Islands. Out of state students welcome and pay in state tuition rate. Registration includes 3 plane tickets (Chicago-Ecuador RT, Quito-jungle RT, Quito-Galapagos RT), Galapagos Islands first class cruise, land transportation, good lodging, most meals, tips and course materials. Contact experienced Faculty Director, Dr. Betty E. Smith or call office (217) 581-6340. Also EIU website with details for Ecuador 2008 trip


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