This workshop is open to students from all classes who would like to learn how to write personal statements, cover letters, proposals for travel and study abroad, and other essays typically required for nationally competitive scholarships and awards. Each week, students will write a short essays in answer to an application prompt (e.g.,"'Describe an experience or activity that strengthened your commitment to a particular major or career path"). Students will workshop essay drafts in class, revise these drafts, practice interview skills, and work one-on-one with consultants in the W and S Centers. The final product for the class will be a portfolio of well-revised application essays, including a strong personal statement and an equally strong study, travel, or research proposal.
Fall Semester informationHilary Eppley
325A: Science Fellowship Application Workshop
This workshop is open to students interested in applying for nationally competitive science fellowships and scholarships such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (seniors) and Goldwater Scholarship (sophomores and juniors). It may also be useful to those interested in crafting essays needed for summer research applications or graduate school in the sciences. We will focus on writing multiple drafts of personal statements and scientific research proposals required for these competitions. Each week, students will prepare short essays in response application prompts. Students will read examples of strong essays, workshop essay drafts in class, revise these drafts, and work one-on-one with consultants in the W Center. The final product for the class will be a portfolio of well-revised application essays, including a personal statement and research proposal that may have a variety of uses as a student gets ready to consider their next steps after DePauw.