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Edwards Research Fellows

The Edwards Fellows Program prepares undergraduate students to make significant contributions to their field of study. Fellows gain valuable experience and mentorship in research, both scholarly and creative, and applied academics.

  • Aneilya Barnes
    Coordinator, Edwards Research Fellows
    Associate Professor of History
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Why Be an Edwards College Research Fellow?

  • The Edwards College Research Fellows Program is a prestigious program designed to provide fellows with exceptional opportunities to cultivate their academic and creative abilities at the highest levels through high-impact learning practices in their chosen majors.
  • Fellows will collaborate with faculty one-on-one to gain valuable experience and mentorship in research, scholarly and creative works, and applied academic pursuits in preparation for future careers and graduate school.
  • Fellows will receive a stipend that is equivalent to 10 hours of pay per week and is distributed over 13 weeks each semester, equaling about $7500 throughout the duration of the program.
  • Fellows will forge meaningful professional relationships with faculty in their major departments.

 

Becoming an Edwards Fellow

Eligibility

The selection process is highly competitive, and it begins in with the nomination process. To be eligible for nomination, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. they can have no more than 30 hours of course credit completed at the end of the fall semester in which they are nominated.
  2. they cannot be on a degree-in-three program graduation plan.
  3. they must demonstrate excellent academic ability and future potential.
  4. they must be nominated by a current or previous CCU class instructor.

Note: Instructors are encouraged to nominate students for this program who demonstrate well-developed communication and listening skills, the ability to apply classroom knowledge to real world applications, skills of analysis and synthesis, and the ability to solve complex problems.

The Selection Process

  1. Each fall semester, the Dean’s office or program coordinator will issue a call for nominations
  2. All potential fellows must be nominated by a current or previous CCU class instructor.
  3. Once potential fellows have been nominated, they will be contacted by the Dean’s office or program coordinator, inviting them to submit an application to the program.
  4. Once the deadline for application submissions passes, a committee that includes the program coordinator will select the new fellows.

 

Edwards Fellows Program

Program Structure

Part 1

The Edwards College Research Fellows Program is divided into two distinct parts. The first part of the program requires students to be enrolled in a series of research seminars that will meet once a week and may be taken for 0-1 hours of credit each semester for three consecutive semesters, as follows:

  • HFA 110 Research Fellows I (Spring semester–1st semester in the program):
  • HFA 210 Research Fellows II (Fall semester–2nd semester in the program):

An introduction to the Edwards College Research Fellows program with an emphasis on articulating the intellectual and artistic importance of the humanities and fine arts. 

A seminar designed to prepare students to act as research assistants in the disciplines.

  • HFA 310 Research Fellows III (Spring semester–3rd semester in the program):
  • Conducting research and/or facilitating the faculty’s scholarly or creative endeavor
  • Creating a joint faculty and student scholarly/creative endeavor, resulting in a presentation at a conference, an exhibit, or a performance
  • Conducting research for the student’s scholarly/creative endeavor, including presentation at a conference, an exhibit, or a performance
  • Conducting research for a project (scholarly/creative endeavor) as an independent study
  • Conducting research for presentation of scholarly/creative work at CCU’s Undergraduate Research Competition
  • Other scholarly/creative endeavors, such as studies abroad, internships, etc., all of which must be approved by the program coordinator beforehand.

A workshop of professional preparation for postgraduate activities in the humanities and arts.

While enrolled in HFA 310 (during the spring semester of their sophomore year), research fellows will also begin working one-on-one with professors from their home department with the specific goal of presenting a scholarly or creative work at the Undergraduate Research Competition that semester. 

Part 2

The second part of the program begins upon the successful completion of HFA 110, HFA 210, and HFA 310. During the second part of the program, students will work one-on-one with faculty on scholarly or creative works in their chosen majors each semester until graduation. During these semesters, students may satisfy Fellows Program participation requirements by working one-on-one with faculty by:

  • Conducting research and/or facilitating the faculty’s scholarly or creative endeavor
  • Creating a joint faculty and student scholarly/creative endeavor, resulting in a presentation at a conference, an exhibit, or a performance
  • Conducting research for the student’s scholarly/creative endeavor, including presentation at a conference, an exhibit, or a performance
  • Conducting research for a project (scholarly/creative endeavor) as an independent study
  • Conducting research for presentation of scholarly/creative work at CCU’s Undergraduate Research Competition
  • Other scholarly/creative endeavors, such as studies abroad, internships, etc., all of which must be approved by the program coordinator beforehand.

Maintaining Program Eligibility

Because the Edwards College Research Fellows Program is highly competitive and strives to provide students with the highest levels of faculty-student engagement, to remain in the program, students must maintain the following standards each semester:

  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • pass all required seminar courses (HFA 110, HFA 210, and HFA 310) at 80% or above in each class.
  • interact with faculty in a professional and academic manner, earning no more than one unsatisfactory report from a faculty mentor
  • submit all required paperwork for the program prior to deadlines
  • complete all university required trainings prior to deadlines
  • collaborate with faculty on scholarly/creative works from the fellow’s chosen major
  • participate in the program each semester until graduation (i.e. students may not drop out for a semester and return). Exceptions to this rule may include medical emergencies or student participation in a university approved internship, study abroad, or similar credit bearing circumstance. Exceptions to this rule require program approval in advance.