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SEE-Beyond

Application Process


2015 Award Competition: SEE-Beyond Awards invite students to explore new techniques, technologies, or modes of inquiry or expression; to apply their academic-year learning to real-world challenges; and to clarify the interrelationship between their educational and post-baccalaureate goals.  Awards may be used to support:
"Through this experience, I learned
to connect my academics at Skidmore
to life outside of Saratoga Springs.
The interdisciplinary education we
have at Skidmore could not be more
appropriate for a job where innovation,
flexibility, and creativity are necessary."
 
–David Schlenker ’13, International
Affairs, education internship, New
Delhi, India

This list is not exhaustive nor is it meant to be prescriptive.  Unless otherwise stated by the chairperson or director of your department or program, any experience that puts your classroom learning into practice or that deepens your knowledge or understanding of the discipline may be supported.  We ask that you think meaningfully and creatively about the type of experience that you pursue.  The SEE-Beyond web page provides past award examples as well as additional resources in some departments and programs.

Awardees will receive a $4,000 stipend for a significant summer experience of 6 –10 weeks. Experiences of shorter duration will be considered with proper justification. Funds may be used at the student’s discretion to cover participation fees or tuition, travel expenses, and summer room and board.  SEE-Beyond Awards may be used to access opportunities anywhere in the world, except in countries with State Department travel warnings or advisories.  SEE-Beyond Awards may not be used to fund job shadowing opportunities or work experience of little academic value or summer student-faculty research at Skidmore.  Students receiving a SEE-Beyond Award agree to reflect on learning outcomes by way of a final written report. 

Eligibility:  Students must be enrolled full-time and be in good academic, social, and financial standing with the College. International students should check with Student Academic Services before applying to identify any requirements they need to meet to qualify for this award. These awards cannot be combined with other funded experiential learning opportunities at Skidmore.

Application Process:  Complete applications must be submitted to the appropriate Department Chairperson or Program Director by 5 PM on Friday, March 27, 2015. 

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL LATE PROPOSALS BE ACCEPTED!

Departments and programs can select one proposal to forward to a college-wide competition. From this pool, we expect to fund up to 20 students in summer 2015; recipients should be notified no later than April 17th, 2015.

 

Please submit:

  1. Complete Application Form.
  2. Application Essay- Attach a brief essay (2-3 pages; typed) describing the relevance of the experience to your educational goals.  Describe your preparation for the experience and how the experience will enhance your liberal arts education. You must also provide a specific description of the activities and responsibilities associated with the experience. This application process is competitive, and your essay will be judged on the quality and clarity of the writing. No vague or poorly written proposals will be accepted.
  3. Supervisor’s Statement:  An on-site supervisor or sponsor must confirm your acceptance into the program, organization, or institution and indicate his or her support for the learning goals you describe. If final acceptance has not been obtained prior to 28 March, the application will still be considered. Should your proposal be selected for funding, you will have until Friday, 17 April to confirm acceptance.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Quality of the Application Essay
  2. Substance and rigor of the experience
  3. Consistency of the experience with the student’s academic goals and degree of preparation
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