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What is the Honors Summer Fellowship?

Program dates: May 26 - July 30, 2020

Program description:

Honors Summer Fellows will be brought together in an interdisciplinary cohort for ten weeks in Ann Arbor during the summer months. Fellows will spend most of this time engaged in the full-time pursuit of their thesis project. In addition, all Fellows will meet together for two hours each week with the Honors Director. These sessions will be dedicated to regular reports from Fellows on their progress, discussions on the evolving nature of scholarly work, presentations from distinguished UM faculty panels about their research and academic lives, practical training in scholarly writing, academic presentations, public outreach, and tours of labs and research collections. Fellows will be expected to play an active role in designing these sessions.

The Fellows program provides a unique opportunity for a group of upper class students to gather from across all three divisions of LSA; the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Participants learn from one another about the nature of research across this whole range, comparing the modes of work, nature of valid evidence, styles of presentation, and special challenges. It is an unusual opportunity to reclaim the interdisciplinary interactions which play such an important role in a genuine liberal arts education at a time in your studies when many influences push you to specialize.

In addition to the intellectual and moral support provided by the cohort of Fellows, financial support is available to enable students to remain in Ann Arbor and dedicate substantial time to their thesis projects. Students seeking financial support will receive a summer grant of $6000 for the ten week program, inclusive of research expenses. Some Fellows will already be fully supported by departmental or lab research grants. Such students are encouraged to apply to the Fellows program as non-stipendiary fellows so that they may take advantage of the many benefits provided by participation in this interdisciplinary cohort.

All Fellows will be expected to work full-time (40 hours per week) on their thesis projects through the term of the fellowship.