Opportunities for Undergraduates
Christ College Student Scholarship Symposium
The annual Christ College Student Symposium features analytical, critical, creative, and research projects by current Christ College students. Papers in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the arts are selected by a committee of Christ College students from anonymous abstracts. Authors present their papers and respond to questions from the audience.
Scholarship Coordinator: Professor Upton

National Conference on Undergraduate Research
Annual conference which brings together undergraduates involve in scholarly and artistic activities in a range of disciplines: creative arts, mathematics, business, social science, humanities, physical and life science, and engineering, among others.  Undergraduates, faculty and administrators hear and discuss undergraduate creative and scholarly work by means of 15-minute oral presentations, interdisciplinary poster sessions, and artistic performances. Prominent national figures give talks on educational policy, programs and funding for undergraduate scholarly work.
Deadline for abstract submission: November - contact VU advisor for more specific dates.
Conference Dates: March 29 - 31, 2012
Scholarship Coordinator:
Professor Upton

Valparaiso University Celebration of Undergraduate Research
Annual conference that provides an opportunity for students to share creative and/or scholarly work that they have undertaken during the past year in either a poster format or an oral presentation.
Deadline for abstract submission: March 21, 2012
Conference Dates: April 23 and 24, 2012
Scholarship Coordinator: Professor Upton

Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference
Undergraduates in all disciplines present 15-minute research papers, selected on the basis of abstract. Each presenter must have a faculty sponsor on his or her host campus through which correspondence takes place.
Deadline: Registration Starts in December - check website for more specific dates.
Conference Dates: Friday, April 20, 2012
Scholarship Coordinator: Professor Upton

Scholarships and Fellowships

 DAAD Scholarship
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. We offer programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education, providing financial support to over 55,000 individuals per year. We also represent the German higher education system abroad, promote Germany as an academic and research destination, and help build ties between institutions around the world.
Deadline: Check website for specific dates.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program
Scholarship covering junior or senior year of undergraduate study, for students intending to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Covers tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to $7,500 per year. VU can nominate up to four students per year. Up to 300 scholarships are awarded each year.
Nomination Deadline: January or February - check website for more specific dates.

NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (internship)
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) offers undergraduates across the United States mentored internship experiences at NASA Centers and research support facilities. NASA USRP is an internship program that offers NASA research and development opportunities to undergraduate students. USRP internship opportunities give students the ultimate workforce preparatory experience for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). USRP internship opportunities are offered year round in the Fall, Summer and Spring.
Deadline: October for Spring Session; January for Summer Session - check website for more specific dates.

 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.
Deadline: February - check website for more specific dates.

National Security Education Program
David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships
NSEP was designed to provide American undergraduates with the resource encouragement they need to acquire skills and experience in countries and areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to focus their studies on one of the geographic areas, languages and/or fields listed on the web site. NSEP also encourages applications for study in other countries where a compelling argument can be made that an increased understanding and appreciation represents an important contribution to U.S. national security. All recipients of NSEP awards are required to seek employment with a federal agency or office involved in national security affairs. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country must be part of each proposal.
Deadline: February - check website for more specific dates.

 Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship
The Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Program develops a source of trained men and women from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department, who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad. The Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship selects undergraduate students in their junior year.
Deadline: February - check website for more specific dates.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship
For students demonstrating interest in, and potential for, careers related to the environment, Native American tribal public policy, and Native American health care. Scholarship award covers eligible expenses for junior- and senior-year undergraduate study, up to a maximum of $5,000 per year. Typical majors include environmental engineering, the natural sciences, natural resource management, the social sciences, and Native American public policy. It is anticipated that candidates’ plans of study will include coursework in ethics and public policy conflict resolution and/or public or community service experience in the area of the candidates’ career fields.
Deadline: March - check with VU advisor for more specific dates.
Valparaiso University Advisor: Jonathan Schoer, Department of Chemistry