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Limited funds are available to support student research and other student scholarly projects in public affairs to begin this summer.  Only current sophomores and juniors are eligible.  These funds are made available through a gift to Wesleyan University from the Surdna Foundation in honor of Frederick Morgan Davenport, Wesleyan University Class of 1889, and Edith Jefferson Andrus Davenport, Wesleyan University, Class of 1897.

In past years, Davenport Scholarships have been awarded to sophomores and juniors who have “demonstrated intellectual and moral excellence and a concern for public affairs” and “who by their personal qualities and vocational and scholarly intentions give greatest promise of leadership in the public service.”  It is expected that most of the grants will be concentrated in the social science departments and the CSS, but applications will be accepted from majors in all areas of the University as long as the proposed projects are related to public affairs.

Applications must contain: (1) a title, (2) a brief description of the proposed project, its objectives and its significance, including a discussion of the relevant scholarly literature; (3) a statement discussing course work relating to the proposed project; (4) an account of the methods for carrying it out; (5) a timetable for completion [a project may continue through the academic year 2009-2010]; (6) a detailed budget; (7) a copy of the student’s transcript [which you may copy from your portfolio if you wish], CSS students please include your comprehensive Examination grade, and (8) a letter from the faculty member who will supervise the project, carefully assessing its merit and the ability of the applicant to carry it out successfully.  Applications are not to exceed five double-spaced pages (not counting the supervisor’s letter or transcript) and must be electronically submitted AS AN ATTACHMENT. (See below.)  It is the applicant’s responsibility to inform his or her faculty supervisor to submit a letter electronically AS AN ATTACHMENT. Both the application and the faculty member’s letter must contain the student’s name (with the last name listed first) followed by “Davenport Proposal” in the subject line.

Funds are limited, and we expect competition for the awards to be keen. The committee will examine each proposal closely, with special attention to the scholarly value of the proposed research, the feasibility of the project, and the reasonableness of the proposed budget.  Students should make their proposals as specific and detailed as possible, and support them with evidence of their ability to complete the work according to a realistic schedule.  They should prepare the budget with special care, including only essential expenses and showing precisely how the proposed budget supports the work being proposed. Your budget cannot include the purchase of capital equipment (i.e., digital recorders, cameras, etc.). Those planning to do research abroad should consult with Carolyn Sorkin in the Office of International Studies about their plans and budgets.

For guidance on writing a successful grant proposal, please consult “The Art of Writing Proposals” on the Social Sciences Research Council website. http://www.ssrc.org/publications/view/7A9CB4F4-815F-DE11-BD80-001CC477EC70/ Students may also consider contacting last year’s Davenport grant recipients listed on the PAC Prize website to request copies of their proposals and tips on writing an effective proposal. http://www.wesleyan.edu/pac/Past_Winners.html

Please note that research proposals involving living human subjects who could be individually identified (unless in public office), audio or video recordings of participants, sensitive data, vulnerable populations, or the observation of behavioral tasks in a laboratory will require IRB approval; please see http://www.wesleyan.edu/acaf/Institutional_Review_Board.html for additional information.

All Davenport Scholars will receive a minimum of $500, as stipulated by the terms of the Davenport Bequest.  Additional amounts of up to $2500 may be awarded, the amount depending on the availability of funds and project needs.  Total awards will generally be limited to $3000, but successful applicants can apply for modest supplements if, during their projects, it appears that the $3000 limit is too restrictive.  An interim report, 3-5 pages in length, is to be submitted in September. This report should describe the work done with the grant money over the course of the summer and how this work will advance the student’s thesis or other honors projects during the coming year. Upon completion of the project, each Davenport Scholar must submit a brief report to the Committee on his/her activities, accomplishments, and an accounting of expenditures beyond $500.

Applications will be judged by a faculty committee composed of representatives of the five Public Affairs Center departments.  Criteria for judging applications include: the relevance of the project to public affairs; the clarity and suitability of the project design; the feasibility of the proposed project; the applicant’s past academic record; the evaluation submitted by the faculty member; and the realism of the proposed budget.  Senior thesis projects will receive priority.

All materials including faculty recommendations must be submitted electronically to Davenport grant (davenport@wesleyan.edu), by noon, Friday, March 11, 2011.  On the top of the first page, please include your WES I.D., Wesleyan Box No., email address, name of faculty advisor who will be submitting a recommendation (if your thesis advisor will be someone else, that person should also be listed here), as well as your citizenship for tax purposes.  Announcement of grant awards will be made on or before April 4, 2011. Titles of successful applications will also be posted on the PAC website, www.wesleyan.edu/pac.

Calling all singers, musicians, and performers in the Class of 2012!

Enter your act in the third annual Musical Madness Competition between the Classes, Thursday, February 24, in Crowell Concert Hall.

Prizes for

  • Best in Class
  • Best in Show
  • Judge’s Choice

Get your act together — acoustic, electric, a cappella, ensemble or solo, original or cover — any genre.

To enter your act, submit a Musical Madness Entry Form to Dean Phillips, 217 North College, by 5pm, Thursday, February 17.

Click here to see videos from last year’s competition.

Raghu Appasani volunteered through Unite for Sight with the AB Eye Institute in Patna, Bihar State, India over the winter break.  A photo gallery of images from his experience can be found here.

The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren, who pursued social justice as a student at Wesleyan.  His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Coalition, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International.  We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern-Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award that honors their son’s activism for the public good.

The committee will select the applicant who best embodies the pursuit of social justice. Sophomores and juniors in good standing are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit an essay that addresses the following:

  • Describe in detail the most influential social justice effort in which you have played a leadership role that sought to make our local and/or global community more equitable. The work should directly affect the Wesleyan campus and/or an external community.
  • Explain your role in raising awareness about a particular issue on campus, coordinating events, implementing programming and campaigns, etc., in the pursuit of social justice.
  • While local efforts central to the Wesleyan campus are weighted equally with external efforts at home, on a national, or international level, students who have managed to link their local activism with a larger community are especially encouraged to apply.  Please describe, in detail, how you have sought to synthesize local and external efforts.

Additional materials:

  • Include a letter of support from a faculty member, administrator who was involved in your social justice effort or other person(s) (excluding family and close friends) with firsthand knowledge of your social justice activities
  • Submit evidence of the impact that the effort had on its target community by contributing testimonies from individuals directly involved or who benefited (excluding family and close friends), printed programs/presentations/articles, non-print materials such as DVDs, and/or your work from courses.

Provide at least four copies of your application materials (print and non-print) to Dean Marina J Melendez (North College, 2nd floor, Room 215) by 5pm on February 28, 2011. By submitting your packet, you agree to allow the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Institutional Partnerships to use it for assessment, archival, and promotional purposes.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Dean Marina J Melendez, Ph.D., x.2765, mmelendez@wesleyan.edu.

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