Opportunities that may be of interest to first-year students

Davis Projects for Peace

Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program schools (including Kalamazoo College) to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the following summer. One hundred projects will be selected from proposals from over 85 campuses for these $10,000 grants.

For more details, including a description of K’s winning project conducted last summer see the Davis Website.

Application Details and Deadlines

Please review the application instructions carefully. All students, including seniors, are eligible to submit proposals as individuals or as a group.

Some pragmatic advice for undergraduates can be found in Swarthmore professor Timothy Burke’s blog.

Required items due to Jessica Fowle on January 15 include:

  • Two page proposal
  • One page budget
  • Resume of each participant
  • Two letters of recommendation for each participant, preferably from faculty, and not to exceed one page
  • Letter(s) of affiliation, if applicable

The last 3 listed items are for use of the campus committee only. They will not be forwarded to the Davis UWC Scholars Office.

Proposals to work with specific organizations or individuals must be accompanied by a letter of affiliation from the organization or individual detailing the nature and duration of the proposed work.

It is highly recommended that you consult faculty or other advisors for comments on your proposal and budget before submitting it to Ms. Fowle.

A Campus Committee will review and select up to five proposals for final consideration and interviews. We welcome proposals from students abroad who may be interviewed via Microsoft Teams.

The Committee will choose one proposal and one alternate for submission to the Davis UWC Scholars Office for final consideration.

Website: https://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/

Davis Projects for Peace Proposal Instructions

About

Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative open to all students at schools that belong to the Davis United World College Scholars Program (including Kalamazoo College). For more information about the application process, see our Kalamazoo College Davis Projects for Peace page. Students design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the following summer. One hundred projects will be selected from proposals from over 85 campuses for these $10,000 grants. Kalamazoo College is guaranteed to receive one grant each year.
For more details, including a description of K’s winning projects, see the Davis Foundation website: https://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/projects

Deadline: January 15th

Required Materials (all due by January 15th)

  1. Project narrative (see guidelines below)
  2. Budget (see guidelines below)
  3. Résumé for each student participant (1-2 pages)
  4. Two letters of recommendation for each participant, preferably from professors (limited to 1 page each); recommenders should send letters directly to Jessica Fowle (jessica.fowle@kzoo.edu) by the deadline.
  5. Letter of affiliation from each community partner.

Submit application materials via email to Jessica Fowle (jessica.fowle@kzoo.edu) by January 15th.

Project Narrative Guidelines

  1. Two pages, single-spaced, 1-inch margins, Times New Roman, 11 point or greater.
  2. At the top of the first page provide the project title, name of the college, name(s) of the student(s), project location, and the project dates.
  3. Provide an overview of your project and state how it will promote peace.
  4. Explain why this project is needed.
  5. Explain in more detail the nature of the project – who will the project serve, where and when will it take place, what will happen?
  6. Describe your role and the role(s) of any collaborators; explain how you are qualified to do this work.
  7. Describe the intended outcomes of the project. What difference will it make?
  8. Explain how you will evaluate the project. How will you know that it is successful?
  9. Explain how the project will be sustained beyond the summer.

Budget Guidelines

• One page, single-spaced, 1-inch margins, Times New Roman, 11 point or greater.
• Provide a line item budget with a brief explanation for each item.
• Budgets must total $10,000.

Budget Template

Student Name:
Project Name:
School Name:
Davis Projects for Peace Grant: $10,000
Additional Funding (if applicable):
Total Funding:

Student ExpensesDescription Amount
Travel (including airfare)
Lodging
Communications
Food (Biweekly)
Miscellaneous
Project ExpensesDescriptionAmount
Non-Student Travel and Lodging
Equipment and Supplies
Marketing and Event Support
Staffing Costs
Miscellaneous
TOTAL

Questions? Contact Jessica Fowle (jessica.fowle@kzoo.edu)

Middlebury Language Schools

The Middlebury Language Schools are 2-8 week long summer language immersion schools in Middlebury, Vermont. There is a fee for this program, but opportunities to apply for funding that can cover all or part of the course fee are offered.

Summer Undergraduate Research Training (SMART) Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Training (SMART) Program provides frontier-level, biomedical summer research projects for undergraduates in a supportive environment with supplemental educational activities.

The program offers:

  • Nine paid weeks of biomedically related research in a broad range of areas
  • Research and professional development seminars designed for undergraduates
  • Career development activities
  • Designated housing near Baylor College of Medicine

The position is a real job, with a compensation package of approximately $5,000 for nine weeks. Depending on the funding source, compensation will be all salary or a combination of salary and allocation for housing or travel. In addition to everything you learn about science through research, daily seminars, discussion groups, and extra activities; the experience of getting to know the other participants and people here at Baylor College of Medicine is extraordinary.

We welcome students from all science and math majors, and even non-science majors with appropriate background and interest. Projects span the spectrum of biomedical science, including projects in bioengineering and computational biology.

Human Genome Sequencing Center Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The HGSC-G/GREAT (Genetics/Genomics Research Education And Training Program) provides funding for BIPOC undergraduates majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, electrical or mechanical engineering, or computer science. Summer research opportunities are available each summer for students who are interested in learning about genomic research and graduate school preparation. Students will conduct research projects in biomedical/genetic laboratories, bioinformatics, or robotics. Application deadline: mid-February

The G/GREAT provides:

  • A competitive stipend
  • Paid student housing
  • Nine weeks of mentored research in a biomedical/genetics/bioinformatics or engineering research laboratory
  • An opportunity to interact with undergraduate students in the BCM-SMART program
  • Participation in a GRE Preparation Course
  • Bioinformatics BootCamp Course
  • HGSC-GREAT Genomics and Biomedical Review Course
  • Biomedical research seminars and activities to assist with student career goals
  • Graduate Career Counseling from the program mentor

National Museum of American History Internships

The Internship Program at the National Museum of American History offers a number of opportunities for students to learn more about the inner workings of history museums–either as an introduction or a deeper dive into an aspect of the museum field. Typically, internships are at least 20 hours per week for at least 10 weeks. Some internships are specified as full-time (40 hours per week), while others are more flexible and can be arranged between the intern and their mentor. Additionally, some internships are longer than the 10 weeks; internships can be awarded for a maximum of 6 months with a possibility of another 6 month extension as long as the intern still has more opportunities to learn and grow.