On Tuesday, Oct. 2, UNH students met with faculty to discuss some of the country’s most prestigious opportunities for undergraduate students. Although at first intimidating, the meeting was both informational and exciting. Not only did students learn about some new ways to fund future research projects, but they also learned how to time manage while filling out applications.
The Fulbright and Marshall scholarships are both very difficult, but rewarding. Fulbright gives undergraduates the opportunity to go to their selection of 155 countries and research something of their choosing. The more specific and creative the project is, the larger the chance of winning. Marshall allows for funded study of one or two years for any subject, at any institution in the UK to increase British-American understanding. While Fulbright has no GPA minimum, Marshall requires a 3.7. Their websites for more information are www.fulbright.state.gov and www.marshallscholarship.org, respectively. For the underrepresented students interested in studying abroad, the Gilman scholarship provides the opportunity.
Any science, engineering or mathematics majors interested? There are plenty of scholarships available as well! The NSFRAU supports science and engineering research during the summer. In this program, students at smaller universities work with graduate students at large schools, as well as hear speakers give advice on graduate school. They provide a stipend, housing and a food allowance. NASA supports work relating to their program; NIH provides summer internships in biomedical research; NIST also provides a program.
“How do you apply to these amazing opportunities?” you ask. Freshmen, know the world around you. Become culturally aware. At school, become more involved and make connections with your professors. Sophomores, take daunting classes that you have always wanted to take and really push yourself. Assume leadership and look into these internships. Juniors, here is where it gets serious! Maintain your GPA; consider joining an honor society. Prepare your résumé and take any standardized tests you may need to pursue a career in your field. Seniors, congratulations! Reap the rewards of your hard work! For further information, see www.newhaven.edu/fellowships.