ONIS Newsletter, September 2020
Editor’s Note: The ONIS newsletter is a monthly record of news concerning applications for nationally and internationally competitive scholarships, primarily for undergraduates and primarily for the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. If you would like to have a copy emailed directly to you, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. TSJ.
Sophia Dooly, who graduated in May with majors in History and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Chinese), has been selected as a 2020 Yenching Scholar. She is the first University of Minnesota student to receive this prestigious international award, which allows recipients to spend a year completing a Master’s degree in China Studies while in residence at Yenching Academy of Peking University. Sophia, who conducted research in China on Qing dynasty palace maids as a Donovan Scholar in the History Department, plans to complete the concentration in History and Archaeology at Yenching.
Seniors Marcos Zachary and William Zunker were awarded scholarships by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation for 2020-21. Marcos is a biomedical engineering major from Inver Grove Heights. He has been studying the mechanobiology of lung fibroblasts with Victor Barocas, a professor of biomedical engineering in CSE, and Peter Bitterman, a professor in the Medical School and a member of the Masonic Cancer Center. Zachary plans to complete graduate degrees in medicine and engineering to pursue research in computational medicine. William, a Civil Engineering major, has been working with CSE Associate Professor Stefano Gonella on the design of metamaterials with unconventional mechanical properties. A native of Verona, Wisconsin, he arrived on campus with an interest in geoengineering and spent his first summer as a surveying intern, but he discovered metamaterials when he joined the Gonella lab and began working with auxetic lattices that exhibit peculiar deformation mechanics. He plans to develop applications in aerospace engineering or robotics in a graduate school.
Scholarship Deadlines for 2020-21
Fulbright U.S. Student Program (Seniors and grads: Full support for a year of research, study, or teaching English abroad): August 26 (campus), October 13 (national)
Schwarzman Scholarship (Seniors and grads: Full support for one year of study at Tsinghua University in Beijing): September 22 (national)
Fulbright-Mitacs Globalink Program (Sophomores and juniors: Full support for 10 weeks of faculty-directed summer research in Canada): September 30 (national)
Knight-Hennessey Scholarship (Seniors and grads: Full support for a graduate program at Stanford University): October 14 (national)
Gates-Cambridge Scholarship (Seniors and grads: Full support for a graduate program at Cambridge University): October 14 (national—US citizens), December 1 (national—non-US citizens)
State Department awards to encourage women and students from other groups under-represented in the Foreign Service to prepare for careers in international relations. They all include two summer paid internships.
Rangel Scholarship (Seniors: Up to $42,000/year to support a two-year graduate degree in preparation for a career in the Foreign Service): October 14 (national)
Pickering Fellowship (Seniors: Up to $42,000/year to support a two-year graduate degree in preparation for a career in the Foreign Service): October 21 (national)
Payne Fellowship (Seniors and grads: Up to $48,000/year to support a two-year graduate degree in preparation for a career in International Affairs): November 1 (national)
Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship (Sophomores or Seniors/grads: Up to $37,500/year to support two years of undergraduate or graduate education leading to an IT degree in preparation of a career in information management with the Foreign Service): February 12 (national)
Hertz Fellowship (Seniors and grads: Up to $250,000 for five years of graduate study in a STEM field): October 23 (national)
PPIA Junior Summer Institute (Juniors: All expenses of an academic summer program at one of five graduate schools of public affairs + $5000 graduate scholarship): November 1 (national)
Luce Scholarships (Seniors and grads: Full support for a one-year internship in Asia for students with limited experience there): October 12 (campus), November 2 (national)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (Seniors and grads: $34,000/year for three years of graduate study in a STEM field or STEM education): October 21-26 (national)
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (Seniors and grads: $38,500/year for three years of graduate study in fields of science and engineering of interest to the Department of Defense): November 2 (national)
DAAD Study Scholarship (Seniors and grads: Full support for a one or two-year Master’s degree at a German University): November 4 (national)
Yenching Scholarship (Seniors and grads: Full support for a Master’s degree in China Studies at Peking University): November 9 (campus), December 4 (national)
Critical Language Scholarship (Students: Fully-funded 10-week study of a critical language in a foreign country): November 17 (national)
DAAD RISE Internship (Sophomores and juniors: Summer research internships in STEM fields in Germany): December 15 (national)
Goldwater Scholarship (Sophomores and juniors: $7500 toward undergraduate educational expenses for future STEM researchers): November 23 (campus), January 29 (national)
James Gaither Fellowship (Seniors: One year research internship with the Carnegie Endowment for Peace): December 7 (campus), January 15 (national)
Boren Scholarship/Fellowship (Students: Up to $30,000 toward expenses of language-focused study abroad): January 4 (campus), January 27/February 3 (national)
Beinecke Scholarship (Juniors: $34,000 for graduate education in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences): January 11 (campus), February 10 (national)
Hollings Scholarship (Sophomores: $19,000 toward two years of undergraduate expenses + a paid internship with NOAA): January 31 (national)
Astronaut Scholarship (Sophomores and juniors: $10,000 toward undergraduate educational expenses for future STEM researchers): February 8 (campus)
Udall Scholarship: (Sophomores and juniors: $7500 toward undergraduate expenses for students working to solve environmental challenges or serve the policy and health care interests of Native American communities): January 22 (campus), March 4 (national)
Truman Scholarships: (Sophomores: $30,000 toward graduate education for students serving the public good): April 1 (campus)