Sophomore Year Opportunities

Sophomore year is a great time to investigate fellowship opportunities. In this second year of university coursework, you are discovering more about your own academic interests as well as how different fields of study intersect with each other. Keep exploring in your coursework. And remain open to discovering some unexpected academic interests all the way through your years as a student.

Sophomores are ready to take full advantage of the internal funding opportunities such as the Schiff Fellowship and the Provost's Undergraduate Research Fund. Be sure to set up an individual meeting with Meredith or Elizabeth so you know how to get started, as well as what your application should communicate to a fellowship committee. You might also be thinking of studying abroad in your junior year - if so, be sure to meet with the devoted staff in the Office of Study Abroad, and consider applying for study abroad scholarships like the Boren and Sachar Scholarships. You can also begin planning for (and in some cases, applying for) some of the major national fellowships such as the Goldwater, Truman and Udall Scholarships.

Continue to build your network of advisers as you go through sophomore year. Sophomores need good support as you lay the plans for the second half of your undergraduate experience. And, of course, getting to know your faculty remains truly important as you advance through the semesters. These relationships just might pave the way to research and other academic opportunities.