Nancy Yates Fellowships

The Gordy Honors College is very pleased to announce Nancy Yates Fellowships for high-impact experiences for students. This pilot program named for alumna Nancy Yates provides funding for exciting opportunities in community engagement, research, and internships.

Any frosh, sophomore, or junior currently enrolled in the Gordy Honors College may apply for summer experiences, while seniors can apply for research funds to be used during the fall or spring semesters.


Summer Community Engagement Program

May 20-June 25, 2021

Nancy Yates Fellows selected for our first Summer Community Engagement Program will work with Community Partners while also living together on campus and forming a learning community focused on analysis and reflection in weekly seminars.

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Fellows will each work 30+ hours/week, Monday through Thursday, supporting the ongoing work and building the capacity of non-profit Community Partners in the Golden Triangle. Through this experience, they will develop existing and new skills while serving the community under the guidance of their Community Partners.

On Fridays, Fellows will meet as a learning community built on shared commitment to community engagement. With program faculty and mentors, they will plan and reflect on their work with Community Partners while exploring local community issues, the meaning and value of volunteerism, the role of non-profits, and the development of skills and leadership qualities through service. 

Up to twelve students will be selected for the program. When applying, students are invited to propose non-profit areas they are most interested in, and Fellows will be matched to Community Partners from our roster.

Fellows in the program will receive a stipend, tuition for four hours of course credit, and room and board on campus.

The application deadline is March 15. The application form is available at Honors College Forms.

 

Research Experiences

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) in STEM-related and numerous other fields are available at universities across the U.S. and can be a very significant precursor to senior-level undergraduate research, graduate study, and first professional positions.

HowellNancy Yates Fellowships can be awarded to support travel to program sites, living expenses, and stipends as needed to supplement funds provided by REU programs. A list of REUs is available from the Honors College, but students should use this as a basis for further searches and can identify other opportunities.

Funds can also be made available for travel and materials for Honors College research projects and for presenting research at undergraduate and disciplinary conferences. (See Research at MUW below.)

Typical Fellowships will be $500-$2000 per student.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with a deadline of May 1. The application form is available at Honors College Forms.

 

Internships

Internships offer key pre-professional and leadership experiences for students in all disciplines and especially in the humanities, public service, social sciences, and health sciences. Nancy Yates Fellowships can be awarded to support travel, living expenses, and stipends as needed for internships across the U.S. A list of internships is available from the Honors College, but students should use this as a basis for further searches and can identify other opportunities.

Typical Fellowships will be $500-$3000 per student.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with a deadline of May 1. The application form is available at Honors College Forms.

 

For additional information on the Nancy Yates Fellowships, contact Kim Whitehead, Director of the Honors College (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

Research at MUW

Funds granted for honors research conducted at MUW typically support one of the following: equipment needed to complete the project, travel to archives or libraries for research, or travel to conferences to present research.

Applying for Funds

The Research Grant Application for honors research projects is available at Honors College Forms. To ensure that discipline standards are met by the student in using the designated funds, any application must be reviewed and signed by the student’s faculty advisor(s) before it is submitted to the Director of the Honors College. The application should be sent in hard copy to the Honors College office (W-1607) or delivered in person to the Honors College office.

Applications for fellowships are accepted on a rolling basis and are evaluated by the Director of the Honors College and members of the Honors Faculty Committee.

Rules for Research Fellowships

All applications must be submitted before the purchase or activity for which support is being sought. For research project materials, applications must be received in the Honors College office no later than 30 days prior to the activity in which the materials will be used. For research or conference travel, applications must be received in the Honors College office no later than 30 days prior to the travel for which support is being requested.

Upon completion of the activity, the student must turn in the final report, available at Honors College Forms. The final report must be submitted within 14 days of the completion of the activity. The report should be sent in hard copy to the Honors College office (W-1607) or delivered in person to the Honors College office.

Equipment or other items purchased for research and not fully expended during the research become the property of the Gordy Honors College upon completion of the project.