Application and Award Schedule
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Description of the award
The Presidential Scholarship is intended to support students who have clearly
demonstrated scholastic achievement, an interest in research, and graduate
degree goals. The award has historically ranged from $3,500-$4,500 for the
academic year, which is contingent upon continued availability of funds. Upon receipt of the award, students will be expected to submit a formal research proposal,
conduct three consecutive quarters of research, meet regularly with the EIP staff, present their year’s
work at the joint Early Identification/McNair Program
Annual Spring Research Conference in conjunction with the Undergraduate Research Symposium, and comply with the other requirements of Presidential Scholars.
Awards are contingent upon the continued availability of funds.
An applicant should be either an Early Identification Program or
a McNair Program student who:
- is interested in pursuing a research project with the supervision of a
faculty member for the three consecutive quarters of the 2013-2014
- plans to attend graduate school; and
- has a minimum of 125 credits.
We give priority to students with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and
regularly use the services of our programs.
Students who wish to apply for this award are required to:
- discuss their interest in the scholarship with an EIP or McNair staff
member (in person);
- construct a research project to be conducted over a three-quarter time
- contact a faculty member to supervise their research; and
- submit by July 15, 2013:
- a preliminary proposal detailing the nature of the research problem to
be studied, how this project prepares you for your present or future
course of study and your personal goals;
- two letters of recommendation (one from a faculty member who will
serve as your project advisor, the other a character reference letter);
- an official University of Washington transcript; and
- a resume.
Presidential Scholarship Requirements and Restrictions
- All scholarships involve three consecutive quarters of work by a
student on a specific research project.
- All projects require a project advisor with knowledge and
qualifications in a discipline appropriate to the student’s project that
will work closely with the student. EIP/McNair suggests a minimum of two
student-advisor meetings per month and requires that these meetings be
conducted in person.
- The applicant may list only one person as the official project
advisor, and the advisor must have a faculty appointment at the University
- Recipients of the scholarship must submit a final research proposal,
including the project’s prediction(s), specific aims, methodology, and
timeline signed by the student and the faculty advisor to EIP/McNair in
early Fall Quarter.
- All projects are expected to result in a substantial research paper
that must be submitted to the student’s faculty advisor for evaluation.
- All scholarship recipients are expected to present their research
findings in a formal oral or poster presentation at the annual UW
Undergraduate Research Symposium.
- All scholarship recipients are expected to orally present their
research findings and experiences at the EIP/McNair Annual Spring Research
Conference (to be held in May of 2014).
- All scholarship recipients are expected to attend the EIP/McNair
presidential scholars' seminars and rehearsals.
- The project’s faculty advisor must submit an assessment of the
student’s work at the end of the scholarship period.
- All scholarship recipients must enroll in an independent study course
listed by the faculty sponsor’s department.
- Failure to abide by or perform any of these requirements will result
in termination of the scholar's stipend award.
- Parents, guardians, other immediate relatives of applicants, and
EIP/McNair staff members may not write reference letters or serve as the
applicant’s advisor on their Presidential Scholarship projects.
- No advisor may work with more than one EIP/McNair Presidential
- Students may only submit one application.
- Joint projects by two or more students may not be submitted.
Application Evaluation Process
A committee composed of EIP/McNair staff and University of Washington
faculty members will evaluate each application submitted for
consideration. These persons are asked for their judgments about the
quality and significance of the proposed project. The scholarship
committee represents a diversity of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds.
Evaluators will consider the following issues:
- The topic’s potential to significantly enhance the intellectual
development of the applicant.
- A clearly defined scope for the project and the feasibility of
attaining the project’s objectives within the scholarship period.
- The logic and rigor of the project.
- The compatibility of the applicant’s demonstrated ability and academic
background to the project’s demands.
- The topic’s originality.
- The strength of the faculty and character reference letters.
- The applicant’s academic record.
- The applicant’s level of involvement with EIP or McNair.
For questions about the application process or to pick up an
application packet, please contact the EIP/McNair office at 206-543-6460,
or through e-mail at email@example.com.