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Seidel Scholars PRISM Grant 2016 Application


You came to UChicago for the ‘Life of the Mind.’ You have found an intellectual passion in your major. This summer, take whatever you love about your major, and do nothing else. See where your dreams and experiences take you.

Thanks to a generous donation from Larry R. and Kathleen Gilles Seidel, the Seidel Scholars PRISM Grant funds three $4,000 awards giving students the opportunity to spend 8-10 weeks during the summer exploring a career-related, individual project connected to their academic passion. Students officially declared as a major in one of the PRISM departments (Anthropology, Art History, Cinema and Media Studies, Comparative Human Development, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology) are eligible to apply for the Seidel Scholars PRISM Grant. The grant sponsors innovative and novel professional experiences designed by the applicant essentially allowing students to create their own “non-traditional internship”. Each professional experience should result in a tangible final project. This project should creatively put some aspect of the student’s PRISM major (methodologies, research interests, etc.) into practice. Some previous examples of Seidel projects include writing novels, curating museum exhibits, filming documentaries, and researching family histories. The grant does not fund unpaid internships, classes or projects that are exclusively academic (students may partake in an apprenticeship for the beginning half of the summer if additional knowledge is necessary in order to successfully complete the final project). All grant recipients will be required to complete a post-experience reflection essay, submit a copy of their final project and present their research at a PRISM Symposium in fall 2016.

Application Requirements:

1. Cover Sheet (please use standard document provided in the posting)
2. Resume
3. Project Proposal (2 page single-spaced maximum – will be judged as a writing sample). Please read through the detailed proposal guide provided in the posting for instructions on how to create a successful proposal!
4. Professional Mentor Agreement Form (please use standard document provided in the posting)
   • Form should be emailed directly to Melissa Smith: by your Professional Mentor on or before the application deadline (6pm on April 10, 2016)
5. An Unofficial Transcript
6. Declaration of Intent to Major Form (for those who have yet to declare)

Optional Application Addition:

1. Optional Work Sample (not required, students without sample will not be viewed adversely during review process)
   • If you would like to submit a brief sample of your work either written (2 page maximum), audio (under 5min), or visual, submissions should be sent directly to Melissa Smith: on or before the application deadline (6pm on April 10, 2016).

Additional Guidelines:

   • Projects may be based domestically or internationally
   • If you want to travel to a country currently bearing a State Department Travel Warning, you must petition the University. Prior to submitting your petition form, you must meet with Sarah Walter, Associate Dean for International Education. Since the conversation with Dean Walter may impact your plans, please schedule your appointment well in advance of the grant application deadline.
   • First, second, and third year students in the College may apply
   • Proposed projects must be related to the student’s PRISM major and professional goals. Students should not be based in an academic setting and should not exclusively be pursuing a structured internship, travel or volunteer program (students cannot receive pay for any shadowing or intern work completed).
   • Applicants who have received a Metcalf Internship for the 2016 summer may not apply for a Seidel Scholars PRISM Grant.

Students must be activated for On Campus Recruiting in order to apply. Please make an appointment with a career advancement adviser to have your materials reviewed.

Questions, please contact: Jeannette Daly, or Melissa Smith,

Applicants MUST Have Declared One of the Following Majors:
Anthropology, Art History, Cinema and Media Studies, Comparative Human Development, English Language and Literature, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology