2017 SCHOLARSHIPS to New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College

2017 SCHOLARSHIPS to New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College

Several generous gifts and the Institute’s commitment to access and diversity enable us to launch a scholarship competition each year. The competition is open to students enrolled full-time in undergraduate or graduate programs (including those who graduate in May) who are nominated by their creative writing instructors. Please note the scholarships cover TUITION ONLY. Room and board expenses are the responsibility of the student.

In 2016 the Institute awarded 63 tuition scholarships to students from, among other institutions, Columbia, Fairleigh Dickinson, Hamilton College, Williams, Lafayette, FIT, Miami Univ., Princeton, Boston Univ., Univ. of Arizona, UMass-Amherst, Ohio State Univ., Bennington College, Univ. of Florida, Univ. of New Orleans, Vanderbilt Univ., Univ. of San Diego, Goucher College, American Univ., Emerson College, Brooklyn College-CUNY, Univ. of Colorado, Gettysburg College, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, Louisiana State Univ., Emory Univ., College of St. Rose, and Auburn Univ.

This year the scholarships are offered for two-week and four-week workshops from July 3 to July 28 in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. Our teaching staff includes the following writers.

FICTION: Garth Greenwell, Adam Haslett, Mary Gaitskill, Rick Moody, Cristina Garcia, Paul Harding, Amy Hempel, Howard Norman, Adam Braver, Joanna Scott and Elizabeth Benedict.

POETRY: Robert Pinsky, Rosanna Warren, Vijay Seshadri, Henri Cole, Campbell McGrath and Peg Boyers.

NON-FICTION: Phillip Lopate and James Miller.

VISITING WRITERS: Lionel Shriver, Allan Gurganus, Paul Auster, Margo Jefferson, Russell Banks, Ann Beattie, Nick Flynn, April Bernard, Rivka Galchen, Louise Gluck, Mary Gordon, Jorie Graham, Siri Hustvedt, Jamaica Kincaid, Joyce Carol Oates, Joseph O’Neill, Francine Prose, Charles Simic, William Kennedy, Tom Healy, Honor Moore, Victoria Redel and Caryl Phillips.

To nominate students, send an email to writerscholarship@skidmore.edu indicating the names and email addresses (please be sure the emails are current) of those you recommend to us. Only names & emails required. Up to six nominated students from each writing instructor are welcome. We are of course looking for promising writers, and hope to increase the diversity of our student body.

All faculty nominations must be received AT THE LATEST by February 25th. All student applications are due by March 10th. The names of scholarship award winners, along with their schools, will be announced to all applicants on or around MARCH 20th.

Program applications and further information on the New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College may be found at the following link for the Writers Institute web site: http://www.skidmore.edu/summerwriters.

Many thanks and best wishes,

Robert Boyers, Director, New York State Summer Writers Institute
Professor of English, Skidmore College
Editor, Salmagundi
815 N Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology

Greetings CCURI colleagues,

I am VERY excited to announce a partnership that we have just finalized with the Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology. This program is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, storms, forest harvest, wildlife dynamics, biodiversity and invasive species. Program dates are May 22 – August 4, 2017

I have been working with Edythe Ellin, Director of Administration for Harvard Forest on this partnership. We are going to be moving forward with a co-sponsored program that will be used to identify qualified community college students for their summer 2017 program. This is where we need your help. If you have students who would be interested in this amazing opportunity, then CCURI and Harvard Forest would like to bring them into the program. The application process is contained entirely online.

http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/other-tags/reu

NOTE: Before beginning the application process, CCURI would like to identify 10 candidates for consideration in the 2017 program. While we will be giving priority to candidates identified from the current CCURI partner schools, we will consider candidates from any of our Nation’s Community Colleges. We would like to do that as soon as possible so that we can begin mentoring those students through the application process. Harvard Forest WILL be interviewing our candidates for the program as part of our commitment to conduct the pre-screening and mentoring prior to submitting the application.

Time is sensitive. Applications are due February 3rd. I would like to have a conference call with the candidates in January. As you can see below, the benefits package we have assembled is extensive and represents an amazing opportunity for your students. We hope that you can help us by identifying the students that you would like to put forward for the program. For this current year, we can commit to the following benefits for up to 6 accepted candidates, so it is important that you move fast.

Harvard Forest / CCURI Program – Student Benefit Package Provided by Harvard Forest

· Stipend of $5775 for the 11-week session.
· Free furnished housing at Fisher House or Raup House.
· Free full meal plan.
· Travel reimbursement for one round trip to the Forest.

Benefits provided by CCURI

· CCURI faculty mentors to help with developing the application, including essay drafts and interview coaching.
· CCURI Website feature highlighting students and their summer 2016 Harvard Forest projects.
· Financial support to attend a discipline-specific conference with a faculty mentor to showcase their project upon completion of the Harvard Forest program.
· Invitation to attend the CCURI National Undergraduate Research Showcase in Washington D.C. in 2019. Full travel expenses covered for the student researcher and faculty mentor.

For now, we ask that you forward the following information to me directly (at hewletja@flcc.edu )

Faculty sponsor name:
Institution Name:
Candidate Name:
Address: Phone#:
Email:
Name and email of two (2) faculty who will be willing to provide a reference letter (one of these can be the faculty sponsor):

Once I have this information from you, I will be sending out some information regarding the prescreening and mentoring that will be provided through CCURI, along with some information from Harvard Forest on how to put together the application. As previously mentioned, I would like to identify 10 strong candidates for the pilot program and have a conference call with the group in January. I am confident that this opportunity will open up many more doors for our student candidates, faculty mentors, partnering institutions, and CCURI as a whole. I am looking forward to working with you on this and hope that you can work within the time constraints that we are under.

Sincerely,
Professor James A. Hewlett
Executive Director Community College Undergraduate Research Institute

35 Word Story Contest!

In order to celebrate Writers & Books’ 35th anniversary, we are launching a very short story contest where the only rule is that you must use exactly 35 words! It’s that simple. Test your creative wits and see what potential lies in only 35 words. Submit one story or submit ten, write in prose or write poetry, whatever you choose–the only rule is that you have to use 35 words!

There are two really easy ways to submit your stories–electronically or in person. To submit electronically, simply email submissions to 35@wab.org, including your name in the email, and that’s it! To submit in person, we have a submission box located inside Writers & Books and postcards with information about the contest to write your story on. Feel free to stop by and take a few, working on them as you choose, as long as you submit them before the deadline!

The deadline for submissions is May 6th, 2016. There will be a reading June 6th where anyone and everyone who submitted should come and read their 35 word masterpieces, and listen to others. We will officially announce the winners then!

Prizes will include being published in our catalog and a choice of some limited edition W&B 35th anniversary swag, including tote bags and pins!

Any questions can be emailed to 35@wab.org, or call Sarah Brown at 473-2590 ext. 110

Special NIH Presentation for Students

Undergraduate Research Week Announcement! CUR Invites you to a Special NIH Presentation Are you an Undergraduate Student with a passion for research, and interested in pathways to an exciting career in biomedical research? CUR invites you to follow the career journey of Dr. Blake Weidenheft, and his use of the CRISPR gene-editing tool (for more information about CRISPR, see http://www.aaas.org/news/science-selects-crispr-genome-editing-tool-2015-breakthrough-year ). The Council on Undergraduate Research is excited to announce this special invitation to undergraduate researchers, from the prestigious National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Faculty mentors and undergraduate research program directors are also encouraged to attend, and share this information widely on their campuses. Please see the following announcement from the NIGMS for specific details: SUBJECT: April 13 – CRISPR Researcher Blake Wiedenheft to Talk to Undergraduates About His Research and Career Path Blake Wiedenheft, Ph.D., will give the first annual NIGMS Director’s Early Career Investigator Lecture on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. This free event is geared toward undergraduate students but open to all. Sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, the lecture will take place at NIH and be videocast for viewing live or later. Wiedenheft is an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Montana State University who does research on the CRISPR gene-editing tool. This exceptionally promising new method was Science magazine’s “breakthrough of the year” for 2015. Following a 30-minute talk about his research, titled “Bacteria, Their Viruses, and How They Taught Us to Perform Genome Surgery,” Wiedenheft will answer questions related to his career path. Please tell your students about this exciting opportunity to hear from a researcher working on the cutting edge of science, and let them know that they can send their questions for Wiedenheft to Jilliene Drayton by Friday, April 8, 2016.

National undergraduate literary magazine for two-year college students

East Fork, a national undergraduate literary magazine edited by students at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College, is open for submissions by current students from two-year colleges. We’re looking for poetry, nonfiction, fiction, visual art, and multimedia entries. To see previous issues and guidelines for submission or to submit, visit eastfork.us or eastfork.submittable.com. The deadline for this issue is March 1. If you have any questions, email eastforkATliveDOTcom or see the Clermont College Eastfork Student Journal​ page on Facebook.