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Leading the Way

Student Engagement and Nationally Competitive Awards

Suzanne McCray

Publication Year: 2009

Here are eleven essays addressing various aspects of the application process: building an office, engaging students in research, connecting them to internships and other special opportunities, embracing diversity, defining leadership, involving faculty, and preparing for an interview.

Published by: University of Arkansas Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-iv


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pp. v-viii

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pp. ix-xiv

Increasingly, universities across the country view the educational mission as extending beyond the classroom. Volunteer service programs, memberships in Campus Compact, and service-learning courses that have a community-based component are becoming commonplace. Study abroad...

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1. State Department Initiatives for International Academic Exchange

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pp. 1-8

The U.S. higher-education community and advisors on nationally competitive awards are essential partners with the State Department, both in the Fulbright program and the related academic exchanges that we sponsor. Over the past several years, we have worked to continue to strengthen our longstanding cooperation with U.S. higher education, a...

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2. Non Ducor, Duco: Leadership and the Truman Scholarship Application

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pp. 9-18

Leadership is one of the core components of any successful scholarship application. Whether the student is interested in the arts, government service, medicine, or academic research, the student must be able to demonstrate that he or she will be an agent for change in the chosen discipline...

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3. How Soon Is Too Soon?: Identifying Qualified Applicants

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pp. 19-32

When Suzanne McCray, who served for three years on the Program Review Committee for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation’s semifinalist reading committee, suggested that I contribute to a collection of essays on preparing students for nationally competitive awards, I immediately...

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4. The National Institutes of Health/Oxford/Cambridge Scholars Program: A New Approach to Biomedical PhD Training

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pp. 33-42

In 1999 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) began an exciting experiment in biomedical research education.1 Professors Harold Varmus and Michael Gottesman established the NIH Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP), which opened the intramural laboratories of the NIH to...

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5. Understanding the Odds: A Reader’s Perspective

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pp. 43-50

The two files stared at us from the table. My reading partner and I had dissected each one of them thoroughly and had been through each multiple times. We knew the candidates—both women—as well as we could, given the papers that described them. We knew their grades from...

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6. Creating Opportunities for Experiential Education in a Resource-Strained Environment

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pp. 51-58

You Can’t Squeeze Blood from a Turnip” was my sister’s suggested title for my advice piece on how to grow experiential education initiatives on campuses that lack an infrastructure to support them. In her mind a lack of resources is almost always an insurmountable obstacle, and I was...

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7. A Newcomer’s Guide to Scholarship Advising

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pp. 59-66

The number of institutions committing resources to advising for nationally competitive scholarships has exploded over the last decade. New advisors, whether in newly created positions or in positions already designated by the institution, face a variety of both opportunities and...

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8. Encouraged to Apply: Diversity and the Scholarship Process

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pp. 67-74

“Women and students from underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.” How many fellowship and scholarship applications end with that gentle, but firm, remonstrance? In recent years many if not most award applications now include such a suggestion, which...

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9. Preparing for the Interview: Advice from a Gates Cambridge Scholar and Fellowships Advisor

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pp. 75-84

In August 2005, I joined a number of my friends in relinquishing the social opportunities of the first weekend of our senior undergraduate year to participate in a workshop on prestigious national awards, courtesy of the University of Arkansas’s Office of Nationally Competitive...

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10. Involving Faculty in the Scholarship Effort

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pp. 85-92

The campus deadline is nearing, and you are working feverishly with outstanding students who aspire to study or do research overseas supported by one of the British awards, or by way of a Fulbright Scholarship. As the deadlines approach, you realize that you do not yet have enough...

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11. Undergraduate Research Revisited: Resources for Faculty and Opportunities for Students

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pp. 93-102

In the past few years, the undergraduate research landscape has been changing. More institutions are involving students in research as undergraduates, and the number of opportunities for students and resources for faculty has been steadily on the rise. At times information...


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pp. 103-110


NAFA Foundation and Institutional Membership

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pp. 111-118

Competitive Scholarships and Internships at a Glance

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pp. 119-160


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pp. 161-167

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9781610752312
E-ISBN-10: 1610752317
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557289186
Print-ISBN-10: 1557289182

Page Count: 150
Publication Year: 2009

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  • Scholarships -- United States -- Evaluation -- Congresses.
  • College students -- Scholarships, fellowships, etc. -- United States -- Congresses.
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