Funding in STEM Fields

Are you a biology major interested in Summer research experience?  Are you interested in graduate study in the STEM fields but not sure how you’ll pay for it?  Are you thinking about a career as a science or math teacher?  You’re welcome to come to an information session to learn about funding available for students in the STEM fields.  We will discuss opportunities for students at varied stages in their academic careers including the Barry M Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, two competitions in which Queens College students have done well.  Come learn more about these and other possibilities, including some first-hand advice from a Queens College student with an excellent record of winning major awards.

Date: Wednesday, April 29th

Time: Free Hour: 12:15-1:30

Location: Honors Hall Rm. 12

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

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Scholarship for Latino/a Students Including Those with DACA Status

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) offers scholarships to provide financial assistance and increase graduation rates among Latino students in post-secondary education.

Applicants must demonstrate a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. There is no GPA or academic major requirement. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply.

You can learn more about the scholarship program and read about other opportunities offered by the CHCI at and access the 2015 scholarship application by visiting  Applications are due April 16, 2015.  Essays and letters of recommendation are required, so if you are interested, visit the scholarship’s website and application page as soon as possible.

CHCI scholarships provide recipients with a one time scholarship of:

  • $2,500 (paid in equal installments for each year of study) to pursue an undergraduate degree
  • $5,000 to pursue graduate-level study

Awards provide assistance with tuition, room and board, textbooks, and other educational expenses associated with college enrollment.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Full-time enrollment in a United States Department of Education accredited community college, four-year university, or graduate/professional program within the United States and Puerto Rico during the period for which scholarship is requested
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Consistent, active participation in public and/or community service activities
  • Strong writing skills
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization.   NOTE: Individuals who are seeking consideration under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival”  (DACA) policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document at the time of application.
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Upcoming Fellowship Information Sessions

The Honors Department is hosting a series of information sessions to assist students in funding college and graduate degrees, as well as international study, research or teaching.

Please mark your calendars and join us for the following events, all taking place during free hour. Please check back for more information about individual workshops prior to each date.

Day Date Room Purpose
Monday 3/30/2015 Honors Hall, Rm. 17 Fulbright Information Session with Fulbright Manager
Monday 4/20/2015 HH, Rm. 17 Soros Graduate Fellowship for New Americans with Program Director
Wednesday 4/22/2015 HH, Rm. 17 Fulbright Information Session with Former Fulbright Manager
Wednesday 4/29/2015 HH, Rm. 17 Fellowships in the Sciences
Monday 5/4/2015 HH, Rm. 17 UK Fellowships
Wednesday 5/6/2015 HH, Rm. 17 Arts Fulbright and Soros
Monday 5/11/2015 HH, Rm. 17 Funding for Graduate School
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Fulbright Information Session

If you would like to spend an academic year abroad after graduation, pursuing work directly related to your interests, then the Fulbright Award might be right for you.  Come learn more at one of two information sessions hosted by the Honors department and featuring experts from the Fulbright Program.

Date: March 30 or April 22nd

Time: Free Hour, 12:15-1:30

Location: Honors Hall Rm. 17

Fulbright offers many different types of awards to meet a wide range of academic goals and interests.  The awards include:

  • English Teaching Awards
  • Academic Research Awards
  • Arts Awards
  • Business Awards
  • Public Policy Fellowships
  • Grants in Science and Public Health
  • There is even an MTV Fulbright award.

To explore your options, you can visit the country pages that interest you for specific awards and requirements.

For more information about Fulbright, and for guidance on beginning your application, please contact: or call 718-997-2863.

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Workshop: Fellowships for Freshmen and Sophomores

Workshop: What Are External Fellowships and Why Should I Care?

Are you looking for ways to help pay for college or graduate school? Are you unsure of how to begin or overwhelmed by the application process?

Come attend a workshop on finding fellowships for financing college or graduate school. In addition to funding your studies, fellowships build your resume, provide valuable work or research experience, and help you establish a track record as a successful grant recipient.

This workshop will help you start thinking about matching your experiences and interests with appropriate fellowship applications and provide easy steps to lessen stress and strengthen your applications.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday March 25, 2015  from 12:15 to 1:30 in Honors Hall Rm. 17. This will be an interactive workshop with plenty of time for questions. The session will be most useful for first year students or sophomores, but all are very welcome.

If you are unable to attend, please be sure to contact Dr. Egan, our National Fellowships Advisor at or 718-997-2863 to schedule a time to talk individually.

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Peace Corps is Coming to Queens

Have you always wanted to immerse yourself in another culture?  Do you have a desire to share your skills in an international environment?  Come learn about the Peace Corps from a recruiter who is also a former Peace Corps volunteer to see if it’s for you!

Date: March 9th 2015

Time: Fre Hour: 12:15-1:30

Location: Honors Hall Rm. 17

Applications are due April 1, so if you’re interested please begin exploring this amazing opportunity as soon as possible.

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Study Abroad Scholarship

Are you interested in having an international experience? Exploring another culture? Gaining diverse classroom and work experience in another country?

Consider applying for The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, which offers grants for undergraduate students to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.

The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study and intern destinations, especially locations outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad, including: students with high financial need, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds and students with disabilities.

Scholarship amounts vary depending on the length of study and individual need. The average award, however, is approximately $4,000 for fall and spring programs, and $3,000 for summer programs. Awards can be up to $5,000.


  • The Gilman Scholarship is open to all undergraduates who are:
    • U.S. Citizens
    • Receiving a Pell Grant
    • In good academic standing
    • Applying to a study abroad or internship program for which you will receive school credit.
    • Applying to a program that lasts at least four weeks (28 days) in one country. Programs for more than one country are eligible if the student will be in one country for at least four consecutive weeks.
    • Not traveling to a location listed on U.S. Department of State’s current Travel Warning list.

The application process includes:

  • Uploading your official transcript. We recommend that you order a copy from Registrar in advance, so that you have ample time to receive and upload it.
  • A Statement of Purpose Essay, in which you address the impact that your trip abroad will have on your academic, professional and personal goals. You should also discuss the impact that the Gilman Scholarship would have on your achievement of these goals.
  • A Follow-On Service Project Proposal, in which you explain how you will give back by inspiring others to pursue their own experiences abroad. This project can be done on your home campus or in your local community and must be completed within six months of your return to the United States. This proposal is closely reviewed during the selection process.

For Summer 2015 programs, the application deadline is March 3, 2015. In addition, the study abroad or financial aid office must certify your application by March 10, 2015. Both components must be completed by the deadline or your application will not be considered.

We look forward to your applying!


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Summer Abroad Fellowship for Freshmen and Sophomores

Are you a first-year student or sophomore interested in spending 3-6 weeks in the UK this summer studying, exploring British culture and building academic skills?  Would you like to study Shakespeare’s plays where they were originally performed?  Would you like to explore British children’s literature and maybe write your own?  Are you interested in Scottish or Welsh identity, Irish politics, British archaeology or climate change?

Consider applying for the UK Fulbright Summer Institute. You can learn more about this paid fellowship at and by attending an information session on Wednesday, February 4th in Rm. 17 during free hour: 12:15-1:30.  Materials are due either February 26th or March 5th, depending on the institute you choose.

If you are interested, please visit the UK Summer Institute’s website, come learn more on February 4th, and contact me to discuss your application.

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Paid Opportunities for Summer Study

Are you interested in political thought and/or government policy?  Would you like to be paid to spend some time this Summer exploring your interests in depth?  Read on to learn about some amazing opportunities offered by the Hertog Foundation!  Applications for the programs described below are due February 9th. Visit to learn more and apply.

Political Studies Program

  • Eligibility: Undergraduates and recent graduates
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Duration: 6-week program, June 21-August 1, 2015
  • Stipend: Provides housing and meals, plus $3,000 stipend

Hertog Fellows study classic texts in political thought and some of the seminal documents of American politics with an outstanding faculty. In addition, students study selected public policy issues with some of those who helped formulate and implement those policies.

War Studies Program

  • Eligibility: Rising college juniors, seniors and recent graduates
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Duration: 2-week program, July 25-August 7, 2015
  • Stipend: Provides housing and meals, plus $1,500 stipend

The War Studies Program, run by the Institute for the Study of War, aims to educate undergraduate students about the theory, practice, organization, and control of war and military forces. Over the course of the program, students will learn from and interact with distinguished senior leaders in the national security and military communities, including retired generals and leading intellectuals.

Economic Policy Studies Program

  • Eligibility: Undergraduates and recent graduates
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Duration: 2-week program, August 2-August 15, 2015
  • Stipend: Provides housing and meals, plus $1,500 stipend

Led by Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs, this seminar aims to educate undergraduate students about the intersection of theory and practice in our national politics. Students will learn from and interact with distinguished experts in various arenas of public policy and leading elected officials in Washington.

Advanced Institutes

  • Eligibility: Undergraduates, graduates, and graduate students
  • Location: Washington, DC and New York City
  • Duration: 1-week seminars include $750 stipend plus housing and meals

The 2015 Advanced Institutes include:

Please feel free to contact me to discuss your application.

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Fellowship for Freshmen and Sophomores: Additional Information

I am delighted that so many first and second year students have attended recent information sessions on the J. K. Watson Fellowship, which provides three paid Summer internships and cultural and professional development activities throughout the years of the fellowship.  If you were unable to attend one of the sessions, please visit the fellowship’s website and contact me as soon as possible to discuss your plans.  Our campus deadline is January 26th, so here are some important next steps:

  • Contact potential recommenders as soon as possible since faculty members will probably not be available to talk with you about writing a letter over Winter Break.
  • Make an appointment with me so that we can talk about your application and the essays.

I look forward to working with many of you on this wonderful opportunity.


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