Friday, January 20, 2017

UW-Madison Scholarships and Research Fellowships

SOPHOMORE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW-Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff. Approximately 15 awards are available, funded by grants from the Brittingham Fund and the Kemper K. Knapp Bequest. The student researcher receives $2,500, and the faculty/staff research advisor receives $500 to help offset research costs (e.g., supplies, faculty or student travel related to the project). At the time of application, the student must be a sophomore, a freshman who will have more than 24 credits after May 2017, or a transfer student in their first year of attendance at UW-Madison. The application deadline is February 27, 2017. Directions for accessing the on-line application, eligibility and selection criteria can be found at the UAA website. 

HOLSTROM ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARSHIPS provide support for collaborative research between undergraduate students and faculty or research/instructional academic staff members.  Each provides a grant of $3,000 to the student and $1,000 to the faculty/staff mentor to help offset research costs. Students must have at least junior standing at the time of application. The Holstrom Scholarships require an environmental focus. The McPherson Eye Research Institute will continue to sponsor one additional Hilldale Fellowship for vision based research (including bioengineering, imaging, data visualization, ophthalmology and general biology of the eye). The application deadline is February 13, 2017. Directions for accessing the on-line application, eligibility and selection criteria, and FAQs can be found at the UAA website.

WISCONSIN IDEA UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS are awarded to undergraduate students to develop and implement community-based research or service-learning projects that will meet a community identified need (local, national or international) under the supervision of a UW-Madison faculty or instructional academic staff member. Fellowships provide three (3) academic credits, a stipend of up to $3,000 to a student ($5,000 for a group of up to five students) and up to $2,000 to help offset project related costs. The application deadline for 2017-18 fellowships is February 10, 2017. The on-line application, instructions and FAQs can be found on the Morgridge Center for Public Service website.

UNIVERSITY BOOK STORE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARDS provide $1,000 to undergraduate students who have distinguished themselves by completing outstanding projects, such as a senior thesis, at UW-Madison.  Students must be enrolled in a degree program during the 2016-17 academic year (December 2016 graduates may apply).  Applications are due March 8, 2017.  Directions for accessing the on-line application, eligibility and selection criteria can be found at the UAA website.   

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Senior Thesis Writing Groups

Are you writing a senior thesis? Congratulations on undertaking such a rewarding project! If you would like encouragement, feedback, and support from your peers during this challenging process, please join a senior thesis writing group. The Writing Center organizes these small, student-led groups that bring together senior thesis writers from across the university. Here’s what some past writing members have said:
“What I liked about this group was that I could keep track of my writing plan, and it pushed me to write each week in preparation for the meetings. Also, it was interesting to read the theses from other fields, which I would not have been exposed to unless I joined this group!” –Yoona, Political Science major
“Participating in the thesis writing group helped me initially to know what to expect when writing my thesis, and then later to get feedback on my ideas throughout the writing process. Connecting with other students with very different projects than my own also helped to appreciate better the wide array of research being done by my peers.” –Ryan, Biology and Mathematics majors
At welcoming and relaxed weekly meetings, you will share and discuss drafts of your thesis, give and receive feedback, and hold each other accountable for making progress. A Writing Center instructor will attend the initial meeting for each senior thesis writing group, help the group decide its goals and meeting schedule, and be in touch with the group over the course of the academic year to offer advice and support. Consistent participation from each group member is key to a productive and enjoyable writing group experience.
If you're interested in joining a group or just learning more, please RSVP for an upcoming orientation meeting by completing this short online survey: Senior Thesis Writing Group.
Orientation meetings will be held on Tuesday,January 31 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, February 1 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in room 6172 on the 6th floor of Helen C. White Hall. You only need to attend one of these orientations. (This is not when the groups will meet regularly; once formed, each group will be able to schedule their own meetings.)
At the orientation meeting, you will discuss how writing groups can be useful to writers, what kinds of feedback you most value, and what support you can expect from the Writing Center; and we'll gather scheduling information to tackle initial scheduling logistics (bring your calendars!).
If you have any questions, or are unable to attend either orientation meeting, but would still like to be involved, please email me, Stephanie at I am very much looking forward to meeting you, learning about your projects, and supporting you as you grow as writers and researchers.

JUIS Recruiting Editors and a Layout Designer

JUIS is recruiting editors and a layout designer for the Spring 2017 semester. Editors should be interested in and somewhat knowledgeable about international studies and have strong writing and proofreading skills in addition to critical analytical skills. Knowledge of the editing process is not required but is recommended. Editors will be expected to review articles, collectively decide what makes it to publication, and edit the pieces in collaboration with authors. To apply, please send a resume or CV, a cover letter, and a two to three page writing sample to by Sunday, February 12th, 2017 at midnight.

The layout designer will be expected to attend some editorial meetings, create PDF proofs of the journal, and coordinate the printing of the journal with DoIT and the editor-in-chief. We rely on our designer to create the entire look of the journal, so this position has an enormous amount of responsibility. To find out more about the quality of design we expect, please visit our website: Familiarity with InDesign is required; html is recommended but not required. This is an unpaid position with a student organization. To apply, please send your resume and two samples of work to Applications are due Sunday, February 12th, 2017 at midnight

Please feel free to contact us at the above email with any questions.

JUIS Now Accepting Submissions for Spring 2017 Issue

The Journal seeks to publish the best undergraduate work across the country related to international themes and topics including, but not limited to: international conflict and conflict resolution, human rights, environmental issues, culture, history, comparative politics and economics, development and trade, global security and international health. To view previous issues, please visit:

Our submissions generally range in length from 5 to 20 pages. Submissions must not have been published in any other publication. Current undergraduates and recent graduates (one semester out or less) are eligible to submit their work. To submit your work, email it as an attachment to, following these guidelines:

1. Submit as a word document, not a PDF or other type of file

2. Make sure your name and academic affiliation are not present in the text of your work

3. Use an easily read font, such as Times New Roman

4. Double-space your document

5. Follow the Chicago Manual of Style for all citations (for help, visit This is not a requirement unless the piece is selected for publication

6. Convert all your citations and footnotes to endnotes

7. Include an abstract of 100 words or less

Submissions must be received by Sunday, February 12th, 2017 at 11:59 pm CST. Article selections will be made in mid-April, and authors will be notified on the status of their submissions at this point. We look forward to reading your work!

We also welcome photos, either related to or independent of the content of submitted essays. These photos could appear on the cover of the journal or on our website, Cover photos MUST be of a very high resolution to be considered. Photos can be sent as high-resolution jpegs to Please indicate the subject, the location, and the date of the photo, as well as your name and university affiliation.

Scholarships for Humanities Majors