Fellows group paint project

"URS has exposed me to understanding what goes on in other parts of the world that I may have known nothing about before." Sydney Sauer, Current Fellow

Prospective Fellows

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Timeline

Recruitment/ Hiring Timeline:

  • We are no longer accepting applications for the the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • We open up our Fellows application in late January/early February with an application deadline at the end of February.
  • Selected candidates for the URS Fellow position are interviewed in early March.
  • Candidates are notified by the end of March by a URS program staff member. Selected candidates will be invited to join the group of 20 URS Fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year.

General URS Fellows Timeline:

  • Fall Contributions: All Fellows must submit 1-2 curriculum contributions during July.
  • Fellows Training: All Fellows must attend Fellows Training during the last week of August: August 24-28, 2020.
  • Fall Fellows Class: All Fellows must register for Inter-LS 315: Paradigms and Process in Academic Inquiry which meets on Mondays from 4:30-6:30 pm.
  • Spring Contributions: All Fellows must submit 1-2 curriculum contributions in early January.
  • Fellows Training Refresher: All Fellows must attend a 1-2 day spring training during the first week of spring classes.
  • URS Reception: URS celebrates a successful academic year with a reception at the end of April. All graduating or non-returning Fellows are asked to speak.

Requirements to Apply as a Fellow

  • Four or more semesters of college by the beginning of appointment.
  • Good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or above).
  • One year (or 2 semesters) of research/creative work experience.
  • Must enroll in Inter-LS 315 (Mondays 4:30 – 6:30 pm) for the fall semester.
  • Must be available on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm for the full academic year. This time period includes the weekly Fellows staff meeting and the Inter-LS 250 URS seminar.

Responsibilities

  • Take part in trainings at the start of each semester. Prior to the fall semester, we host a week-long training. The upcoming Fellows Training module is expected to run from Monday, August 24-Friday, August 28th, 2020. This training offers sessions on leadership skills, community building, organizing small group discussions, research ethics and responsibilities, professional conduct, and program administration. There will also be considerable time set aside for getting to know one another as friends and colleagues.
  • Register for Inter L&S 315: Paradigms and Process in Academic Inquiry during the fall semester (only). This two credit seminar is from 4:30 to 6:30 pm every Monday.
  • Attend regular staff meetings from 4:00-4:45 pm on Wednesday afternoons before seminar.
  • Partner with another Research Fellow to lead a small group of 15-18 URS students who will gather from 5:00-6:00 pm on Wednesdays to discuss issues related to research and share strategies on successfully managing early college years
  • Plan seminar objectives and syllabus with co-Fellow.
  • Develop weekly class plans with co-Fellow for Inter-LS 250 class.
  • Provide guidance to and keep regular contact with URS Scholars.
  • Review and provide feedback on URS Scholar assignments.
  • Serve as the link between the URS Staff and the Scholars.
  • Represent URS at various campus functions.
  • Participate as needed in the general operation of the URS Program.

Inter LS 315: Paradigms and Process in Academic Inquiry

  • All new Fellows are required to register for this 2-credit seminar only during the fall semester on Mondays from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
  • This course will provide new Fellows with the chance to develop and challenge the way they think and learn to better conduct their mentoring in Inter L&S 250.

Preferred Experience/ Skills

  • Must be able to work in a flexible environment.
  • Should have experience in research or a creative endeavor and/or have experience in leadership roles.
  • Should be resourceful and able to take initiative.
  • Should have a good sense of the enrichment opportunities available on the UW-Madison campus or know how to find such information.
  • Should have strong skills in interpersonal communication, including effective use of email.
  • Must have personal and professional integrity.
  • Should be comfortable leading small groups of students.
  • Must be able to meet deadlines associated with URS administration and seminars.