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Emerging Scholars Application

June 1 is our priority deadline. All applicants will be notified of results by August 1.

 

Emerging Scholars are first year (freshmen or transfer) KU undergraduate students taking part in research through the Federal Work-Study Program. You must have been awarded and accepted Federal Work-Study funds as part of your KU financial aid package in order to apply. You do NOT need to have any experience doing research to be an Emerging Scholar. The professor you work with will teach you any necessary skills to complete your work. You just need to be ready to learn.
 

As you respond to the questions below, please write a paragraph (at least 3-4 complete sentences) in response to each question. Each written response is important, so we recommend that you think about the questions a bit, write your responses in a word document or similar application, revise them, and then copy and paste them into the application.


Applicant Information

By submitting this application, you are applying to participate in the Emerging Scholars program.  As an Emerging Scholar, you'll be paid to work as a research assistant for a professor and attend monthly meetings. The priority deadline to apply is June 1, 2017.

If you already know your orientation date, please list it here. If you haven't signed up for Orientation yet, follow the instructions on this webpage to sign up: http://firstyear.ku.edu/orientation/registration
If you're still deciding, just write Undecided or list a few ideas you're considering - no pressure!

Rank your Job Preferences

If you are selected as an Emerging Scholar, we will match you with a professor or research staff member who you will work for as a research assistant. In order to find the best match, please rank which jobs are most interesting to you. Job descriptions are available here on our website under the "Job Descriptions" tab. In order to explain your rankings, please write 3-4 sentences to tell us why this job is of interest to you and why you would be a good match to this job. If there are any preferred experiences or requirements for the job, be sure to mention how you meet those requirements.

Why is this job of interest to you? If any requirements are listed, how do you meet them?
Why is this job of interest to you? If any requirements are listed, how do you meet them?
Why is this job of interest to you? If any requirements are listed, how do you meet them?
Why is this job of interest to you? If any requirements are listed, how do you meet them?
Why is this job of interest to you? If any requirements are listed, how do you meet them?

Tell us about yourself

As part of your application, we’d like to know a little bit about you and your interests.  Please write a paragraph (at least 3-4 complete sentences) in response to each question to help us get to know you better. We recommend that you think about the questions a bit, write your responses in a word document or similar application, revise them, and then copy and paste them into this section of the application.

What was the experience? What made it enjoyable? What did you learn about yourself as a learner from that experience?
Describe the situation. How did you overcome the problem? What did you learn from the process of troubleshooting?

Application Timeline

We will review all applications starting after the June 1, 2017 priority deadline and will notify all applicants via email by August 1, 2017 of the outcome of their application. If you apply after the June 1 priority deadline, we will periodically review applications and make admissions as space permits. At that time, potential Emerging Scholars will receive more details about the program and will have the option of continuing in the hiring process or opting out of the program if they are no longer interested.


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