C3 2015 Undergraduate Fellows Arrive on Campus this Week!

C3’s second cohort of undergraduate fellows, selected from a competitive applicant group from LADO schools, begins its summer adventure this week at Columbia University and UC Berkeley.

The cohort is made up of 11 talented students from five different colleges. This year’s undergraduate fellows include:

At UC-Berkeley: Maya Doig-Acuña, Middlebury College; Alyssa Flores, Smith College; Amira Lundy-Harris, Amherst College; and Victoria Yan, Smith College

At Columbia University: Jeremy Glover, Bates College; Ahmad Greene-Hayes, Williams College; Brittanie Lewis, Amherst College; Syeda Malliha, Amherst College; Cheswayo Mphanza, Middlebury College; Andrea Penman-Lomeli, Middlebury College; and Madelene Santizo, Bates College

During the eight-week program, each undergraduate fellow will provide research assistance to a faculty member, while simultaneously developing his or her own research under the guidance of that mentor and a graduate student mentor.

Fellows will also participate in weekly seminars, workshops, and group events, get insider knowledge and preparation for the graduate school application process, and take a GRE preparation class.

> Learn more about our 2015 undergraduate fellow cohort.

> Learn more about our 2014 undergraduate fellow cohort.

> Learn more about the C3 undergraduate fellowships.

C3 Announces Postdoctoral Fellows for 2015-2017

As our first cohort of nine postdoctoral fellows from Columbia University and UC Berkeley finishes its first year on campus, C3 is pleased to announce nine additional fellows from those institutions for the second cohort, who will begin in the fall of 2015.

Connecticut College, Middlebury College and Williams College each will host three fellows for the two-year period from fall 2015 through spring 2017. The new fellows will join those from the first cohort who are already active in their campus communities.

The 2015-2017 postdoctoral fellows include:

Connecticut College: Lindsay Crawford, Philosophy; Sookyoung Lee, English; Ryan Phillips, Government & International Relations

Middlebury College: Alexsia Chan, Political Science; Abhijeet Paul, Comparative Literature; Trinh Tran, Sociology

Williams College: Jamie Parra, English & Comparative Literature; Adam Romero, Environmental Studies; Anicia Timberlake, Music

During their fellowships, the postdoctoral fellows will gain experience teaching and researching in a liberal arts college environment, supported by senior faculty mentors and others in their cohort. They will also engage with underrepresented undergraduate students on the topics of considering and preparing for graduate education.

Just Posted: C3 Faculty Share Their Insights on Middlebury, Part 2

The second half of Middlebury College’s conversation with C3 post-doctoral fellows J Finley, Nathaniel Nesmith, and Alvin Henry is now available at http://www.middlebury.edu/newsroom/node/491698. Read their reflections about their first semester of teaching at Middlebury…and find out how they’ve adapted to a record-breaking New England winter!

If you missed Part 1, get caught up here: http://www.middlebury.edu/newsroom/archive/646969/node/491499.

Fall 2014 Opportunities with C3 and LADO

  • The C3 Postdoctoral Fellowship program is accepting application for two year fellowships (2015-2017) at Connecticut College, Middlebury College, and Williams. Check the C3 Postdoctoral Fellowship section of the website for details.
    Application deadline: Nov. 14, 2014.
  • The liberal arts colleges of LADO are hiring! Please look at the attached list of faculty openings at LADO institutions for details.

C3/LADO Visits to UC Berkeley and Columbia

The C3/LADO Visits to UC Berkeley and Columbia University are designed to cultivate interest in liberal arts colleges and to introduce liberal arts college teaching and scholarship (including C3 postdoctoral fellowships) to underrepresented graduate students.

C3 and LADO are pleased to announce that we will return to UC Berkeley and Columbia University this fall. We will be at UC Berkeley on September 29 and 30, and at Columbia University on October 6 and 7. The details for the Columbia visit are forthcoming, but you can learn more about the UC Berkeley visit here.

C3 Undergraduate Fellows Present & Reflect

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C3 Undergraduate Fellows at UC Berkeley

For eight weeks this summer, 12 C3 Undergraduate Fellows joined 20 other summer research program participants from across the country to experience graduate level research at Columbia University and UC Berkeley. The focus of Columbia’s Summer Research Program (SRP) and Berkeley’s Summer Research Opportunity Program is for students to conduct a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor and a graduate student mentor. In addition, the fellows participated in weekly seminars, workshops, and group events; got insider knowledge and preparation for the graduate school application process; and took a GRE preparation course.

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C3 Undergraduate Fellows at Columbia University

The summer culminated in an exciting opportunity for the C3 fellows to present their research with other undergraduate students also participating in summer research programs at Columbia and Berkeley. In welcoming visitors to Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Program Symposium, Dean Carlos J. Alonso noted that research is not an individual effort. Rather, research is inherently a social process, complete only when communicated and tested with a broader audience. Dean Alonso’s remarks speak to the contributions the faculty and graduate student mentors have made to the fellows’ learning and growth.

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Political Science Cohort at Columbia University during Symposium. From left to right: Eileen Lam (Bates Colleges), Maalik Nickerson (Morehouse College), graduate student mentor Amber Spry, Nicole Bermudez (Bates), faculty mentor Jack Snyder, faculty mentor Robert Y. Shapiro.

Eileen Lam, a senior at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, echoes this sentiment. She said, “I’ve come in contact with a lot of great graduate student mentors and faculty. It was a little surprising because when I think about graduate school, I had this idea that everyone is busy with research and they’re not approachable. I thought it was really cool that faculty here take their time to talk with you and help you figure out your future. It shows that they hire great faculty who really care about their students.”

Manuel Poitras, C3’s Program and Research Associate, attended the symposia at both Columbia and UC Berkeley. He was amazed by the quality of the research the students produced and how well they presented their findings. “It’s exciting to think about the future of these emerging scholars,” he said.

One C3 fellow is likewise eager for what his future holds. He said, “Before I got here, I was unsure about whether or not I’d be able to go to grad school. I wasn’t sure what the research would look like or how to conduct research. This program has given me more confidence to say to myself, ‘Okay, now I know what it looks like. I know I can do it.'”

Plans are already underway to prepare for the 2015 summer research program. Stay tuned for details on the 2015 edition of the C3 Undergraduate Fellowship.

> Columbia’s Symposium for the 2014 Summer Research Program
> 2014 Undergraduate Fellow Cohort
> The C3 Undergraduate Fellowship Program