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CEI SUMMER SCHOLARS AND FELLOWS

The CEI Summer Scholars program provides highly motivated undergraduates the opportunity to immerse themselves in a community-based research or creative project under the direction of a faculty mentor.  Scholars spend ten weeks during the summer in full time pursuit of their projects in partnership with a Delaware non-profit, governmental, community-based action research, or service-based corporate activity and simultaneously pursue academic reflection under the guidance of a UD faculty mentor. Scholars earn three credits in preparation for the program, following their summer project, or some combination of the two.  During the summer, scholars are enrolled in a zero credit P/F Sustaining Course and attend a weekly seminar led by CEI staff. Scholars receive a stipend of $4000. APPLICATION open--see instructions below. 

The CEI Summer Fellows  program provides partial support for students who would like to continue a project in the summer or begin a project that will continue in the next academic year but wish to combine it with other summer activities such as coursework and/or employment. Fellows’ projects will vary in length of time commitment and funding. During the summer, fellows are enrolled in a zero credit P/F Sustaining Course and are invited to attend a weekly seminar led by CEI staff. Award stipends range from $500-$3000. Application open--see instructions below.

Summer STEM Education Fellows. The 2020 Summer STEM Education Fellows Program will be a group experience involving 4-6 UD undergraduate students. Fellows will work in summer camp settings in Wilmington schools and non-profit organizations to provide STEM educational enrichment for upper elementary or middle school age youth.  During the summer, fellows are enrolled in a zero credit P/F Sustaining Course and are invited to attend a weekly seminar led by CEI staff. Award stipends range from $500-$3000. Completed applications are due March 15, 2020.  APPLICATION open.

The Wilmington Summer Fellows program will be a group experience involving 4-6 UD undergraduate students.  Fellows will engage Wilmington residents through interviews and research to help better understand their challenges, with the goal of helping improve overall quality of life in the city.  During the summer, fellows are enrolled in a zero credit P/F Sustaining Course and attend a weekly seminar. Wilmington Summer Fellows receive a stipend of $3000 and may combine their experience as a fellow with other summer activities such as coursework and/or employment. The Wilmington Summer Fellows program has its own application.  For more information contact Professor David Teague (teague@udel.edu) by February 1, 2020.

SummerCollab/ArtsBridge Fellows.  SummerCollab is a nationally recognized non-profit founded in Delaware.  Through its deep rooted network of community based agencies and schools, it co-constructs extraordinary learning environments that inspire purpose and passion in nearly 2700 of Delaware’s highest need K-8th grade children. Five UD students will create and teach an arts based curriculum at one of the SummerCollab sites during the 2020 summer.  Fellows will attend an opening orientation, meet regularly with a faculty mentor, and present an oral or poster presentation at the Undergraduate Research and Service Symposium in August. Fellows will receive a $3000 stipend, jointly provided by the SummerCollab and the Community Engagement Initiative.  APPLICATION open.

Advisement

Contact Sue Serra at serra@udel.edu, Associate Director, Community Engagement Initiative.

2020 CEI Summer Scholars and Fellows Application Process

Projects may be conducted in any major. Strong proposals will connect to the faculty mentor’s teaching or research. Proposals will explain the goals of the project, the questions you seek to answer by the combination of service and reflection, and the purposes of the service portion of the project.

The reflective portion of the proposal includes a preliminary bibliography and addresses questions in terms appropriate to the academic discipline(s) in which the project is being conducted. The end product of this project might be a written document (technical report, feature article, academic paper, journal, etc) or a presentation.

Each application should include a one-page essay (with name on the top) indicating how this project connects to the applicant’s academic and career goals

CEI Summer Scholar

CEI Summer Fellow Application

CEI Faculty Letter of Support

Proposals Due

March 1, 2020; Awards Announced by April 1, 2020.

Team Applications

Students, with support of their faculty mentor, may apply as 2–3 person teams. To do so each team member should complete an application.  Team members may use the same proposal while including a one-page essay (with name on the top) indicating how this project connects to the their own academic and career goals.

Faculty will receive an email with a link to upload their recommendation online. Only one recommendation letter is needed per team.

Early Decision

Scholars or Fellows who intend to earn credits in Spring 2020 as preparation for their summer service experience may apply for Early Decision and receive provisional approval within a month. The online application opens December 1 and the Early Decision deadline is January 15, 2020. Please indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for Early Decision and include a description of your spring semester plans. Early Decision awards will be announced by February 1.

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