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


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.


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.


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

Introducing Our 2014 Undergraduate Fellows

“Summer! I can’t believe it’s finally here!”

If you have spent any time this spring on a college or university campus–especially one in the northeast–it is likely that you have heard this common refrain. Many of us are celebrating the end of a challenging winter. But C3 has another reason to be excited: this summer marks the beginning of our second undergraduate fellowship cohort!

In early June, our twelve undergraduate fellows arrived at Columbia University and UC Berkeley (there are six fellows at each institution). For eight weeks, the undergraduate fellows, selected from a competitive applicant group from LADO schools, will each assist a faculty mentor with research. They will also have the opportunity to develop their own research project under the guidance of the faculty mentor, as well as a graduate student mentor. In addition to conducting research, the fellows will 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.

Who are these intrepid undergraduate fellows? We are pleased to introduce them to you:

Nicole Bermudez (Bates), Eileen Lam (Bates), Gabrielle Peterson (Smith), Spencer Salibur (Middlebury), Derek Walker (Amherst), and Kevin Zevallos (Connecticut) are spending the summer at Columbia.

Jessica Cheung (Middlebury), Noraida Colon (Amherst), Manuel DaCosta (Wesleyan), Elliot Evers (Bates), Michelle May-Curry (Williams), and Miari Stephens (Smith) comprise the cohort at UC Berkeley.

> Learn more about our 2014 undergraduate fellow cohort.

> Learn more about the C3 undergraduate fellowships.