Upcoming Information Sessions on National Fellowships

Each year the University of Nebraska – Lincoln has the opportunity to nominate high ability students with outstanding records of academic and service achievements as candidates for national scholarship competitions. These awards are prestigious, recognized as signs of distinction within the international academic community, influence the University of Nebraska’s rankings, and provide substantial financial benefits for pre- and post-baccalaureate study and research. The application process alone provides a critical learning opportunity for the student that will have an impact for years to come.

These awards are highly competitive; the applications are time-consuming and students must know about them early in their undergraduate careers in order to prepare. I need your help in getting the word out to students and other advisors about these awards.

Advisors can be the first point of contact for some students to find out about some of the scholarships that I oversee. For example, last spring Lori Mueller in the Department of Mathematics suggested that one of her advisees, Alex Schroeck , come visit with me. He turned out to be a perfect candidate for the Boren Scholarship that funds students to go abroad and learn a critical language. Alex won $20,000 to spend a year in China!

I will be holding a series of focused information sessions this year. In the fall, I will conduct three sessions:

Critical Language awards – Boren and the Critical Language Scholarship- Wednesday, September 20, 6:00-7:00 PM, City Campus Union, room TBA
Science-based awards – Goldwater and National Science Foundation – Wednesday, October 11, 3:30-4:30, City Campus Union, room TBA
Service-related awards – Truman and Udall – Wednesday, October 18, 4:00-5:00, City Campus Union, room TBA

The Fellowships office is a campus-wide resource for all eligible students. Feel free to contact me (Ldamuth1@unl.edu) for more information about these awards. I am also willing to come to advisor meetings to provide short information sessions.

For your reference, I have included a link to a Fellowships flyer with brief descriptions of some of the more prominent awards plus a link to the Fellowships website (fellowships.unl.edu). I am hoping that you will find a place to post this flyer in your advising offices.

With your support, we can help UNL students take an important next step in their undergraduate and post graduate careers.

More details at: http://fellowships.unl.edu