Extraordinary Students—Exceptional Opportunities
Opportunity Grants of up to $3,000, available exclusively to Presidential Scholars, enable successful applicants to design their own academic, research, internship, or service experience during the summer of their sophomore or junior year, or during a January term. These experiences beyond the normal curriculum can involve foreign study or travel. This support is in addition to other forms of funding (e.g., from the Dean of Faculty’s office, the Career Center, the Goldfarb Center, or the student’s major department or program).
Presidential Scholars can receive funds for:
- Academic, humanitarian, service, or internship projects, including those involving foreign travel.
- Living expenses during an internship or public service experience
- A January-term or summer course (Colby or non-Colby sponsored)
- A research or creative project outside the normal curriculum
- Jan Plan or summer research toward a thesis, honors project, or Senior Scholars project
- Attendance at a conference, symposium, or seminar
Recent Presidential Scholars projects have included:
- Research on Macrophage Polarization in Germany
- Summer Internship with Congressman Tonko, Washington, DC
- Language Study in Japan, Spain, China, and Switzerland
- Archival Research for Honors Thesis on La Virgen de Guadalupe, New Mexico
- Colby Jan Plan: Studying French in Paris
- Psycholinguistics Research at Boston University
- Presentation at the conference for the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Honolulu, HI
- Summer Internship at National Life Group, Montpelier, VT
- Field work in Indonesia on Golkar Party dominance and rural voters
Proposals are due in late September (for January projects) and in early February (for summer projects). Presidential Scholars are notified in advance of the deadlines and have opportunities to attend workshops on grant, proposal, and resume writing. Contact Martha Arterberry for more information.