Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2014-18 McKearn Fellows Call for Applications

2014-18 McKearn Fellows
Call for Applications

The McKearn Fellows Program will allow ten high-achieving students to have a transformative academic and engaged learning experience that will lay a solid foundation for future success and life-long learning. The program encompasses three modules: research and artistry design; leadership development; and civic, social and global engagement. Selection as a McKearn Fellow bestows one of NIU's most prestigious honors and provides an unparalleled educational experience. Over the course of the program, Fellows will be guided to create a distinctive plan of course work and engagement activities that will foster their intellectual curiosity, entrepreneurial spirit, and commitment to civic engagement as they move down the path towards student career success. Funded by a major gift from John and Cassandra McKearn, the Program will highlight and advance the skills, knowledge, and achievement of some of NIU's top students.

· Applications will be available on October 1 and close on October 31 at 12 noon; no late applications will be accepted, for any reason
· Student information sessions, where they can meet former McKearn Summer Fellows and members of the McKearn Administrative Team, are being held September 9, 17, and 25 from 5-6 p.m. in CLB 110 (University Honors Center). Interested students need attend only one of these sessions
· For more information and the application (when available on October 1) visit: http://www.niu.edu/mckearn/

· Explore research and artistry; leadership; and civic, social, and global engagement in one's selected field of study
· Enroll in special academic classes and opportunities
· Develop and complete an intensive research or artistry project
· Participate in Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day, University Honors' Senior Capstone Project, and other academically-intensive experiences
· Interact with leading NIU faculty, alumni, and community partners
· Participate in professional and academic enrichment activities; receive funding to present and attend local, regional, national and even international conferences within your field of study
· Receive additional stipends for support of research and artistry, study abroad, and other opportunities as determined by the McKearn Academic Team.

· Highly motivated first-year, freshmen students (newly admitted to NIU in Fall 2014)
· Strong commitment to academic and personal excellence, as evidenced by previous involvement and achievement
· Cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above, for fall 2014 (once verified) and for the duration of enrollment in the program

While this is not a program that requires nominations, we are asking you to identify and then encourage any first year, freshmen student who may demonstrate such talent and achievement to apply.

Those who are selected to interview will be asked for a letter of recommendation.