Recognize Professors Who Inspire You

Dear Wes Juniors, 

We are writing to encourage you to participate in the Binswanger Prize nomination process so that your voices will be heard as we recognize outstanding faculty members who have had a positive impact on your Wesleyan experience.  If you haven’t already submitted a nomination, there is still time.  Check the email with your unique link that was sent on Tuesday, January 24 by Chair of the Alumni Association David Hill ’86.  

As members of the 2023 Binswanger Prize Committee and grateful former prize recipients, we can assure you that student recommendations are a vital input in this process. 

Thanks for participating! 

Gloster Aaron, Associate Professor of Biology

Erika Franklin Fowler, Professor of Government

María Ospina, Associate Professor of Spanish

 

Udall Scholarship

The Udall Scholarship is open to sophomores and juniors planning careers in Native American tribal policy and Native health care (Native American applicants only) as well as the environment (U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents only). The Udall Foundation was created to honor the legacies of Congressman Morris Udall and Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, whose careers significantly impacted Native American self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources. The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues in one of the three categories: (1) Native American tribal policy, (2) Native health care, or (3) the environment. The Udall scholarships provides access to the Udall Alumni network, a five-day scholar orientation, and a financial award of up to $7,000 per year for eligible undergraduate academic expenses, such as tuition, fees, books and supplies, and room and board. Sophomores who are awarded a Udall Scholarship will receive up to $7,000 in each of their junior and senior years. Juniors who are awarded a Udall Scholarship will receive up to $7,000 in their senior year.

The Udall Scholarship emphasizes not only on academics but also advocacy and leadership on the topic a student is applying under—things that may not be so obvious from your Wesleyan transcript but come from your other experiences, outside the classroom. Contact fellowships@wesleyan.edu asap if you are interested in applying to find out what’s needed for the campus deadline. The campus deadline is February 9 at 5pm, so reach out in advance of the start of the semester if you wish to be considered.

Questions? The Office of Fellowships at Wesleyan’s Fries Center for Global Studies will be holding open office hours for students to drop in with questions bout the Udall Scholarship on Wednesday January 25 at 1-1:45pm in Fisk Hall 201C and on Tuesday January 31 at 4-4:40pm on Zoom.

Eligibility details: Sophomores and juniors (who are US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents) can apply in one of three categories (1) environment, (2) tribal public policy, and (3) Native health care. The final two categories are open to Native American students only, defined as follows:

  • An enrolled member of a state or federally recognized Indian tribe or band, including any tribe or band terminated since 1940;
  • A descendant in first or second degree of an enrolled member of a state or federally recognized Indian tribe or band, who can demonstrate affiliation with the tribal community, according to criteria set by the Udall Foundation;
  • Considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose;
  • An Eskimo, Aleut, or other Alaska Native;
  • A permanent U.S. resident who is a member of the First Nations of Canada.

 

MUSC 297 Music of Central Asia: From Throat-Singing to Heavy Metal

The music of the Hu was chosen as the soundtrack to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order because it sounded otherworldly to Western audiences. In fact, the Hu draw on ancient musical traditions from Central Asia, one of the most culturally and musically diverse areas of the world. This course introduces students to a wide range of music practices, genres, and styles in historically nomadic and sedentary regions of Central Asia: throat-singing, sounds of shamanic and Sufi Islamic rituals, epic performance, narrative instrumental playing, oral poetry competitions, folk and art singing, Western-influenced classical and popular music genres (Central Asian repertoires of opera and symphony, Azerbaijani jazz, Uzbek estrada, Kazakh Q-pop and crossover music, Mongolian heavy metal and hip-hop). The roles and meanings of music and the status of musicians are discussed in relation to wider aspects of cultural and social life, the impact of Soviet culture policies, post-Soviet national revival and globalization. The course draws on extensive audiovisual materials and is open to students of all levels. No background in music or Central Asia is required.

The course audio/video resources are available here: https://www.musicofcentralasia.org/Tracks

Apply for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

The MMUF is a national program supporting underrepresented students as they work toward applying to graduate school in a range of fields in the humanities and social sciences.

The program provides summer and academic year fundingmentorship, and a community of students of similar backgrounds who are all striving toward the same goals of earning a Ph.D.

To learn more…

  • Check out the slides from our October info session (link)
  • Read more details the MMUF national website (link)
  • Connect with MMUF Faculty Coordinator, Prof. Tushar Irani (tirani@wesleyan.edu)
  • Connect with MMUF Administrative Coordinator, Dean April Ruiz (aruiz01@wesleyan.edu)

Applications include:

  • An application form (link below)
  • A statement (no more than 1000 words) describing your academic and research interests:
  • How have you selected your major, and which courses or academic activities have served as a foundation for your interests?
  • Which topic(s) or question(s) might you want to pursue through a research project? And what early ideas do you have about how you might develop your research plan? (You do not need to have a fully formed research proposal!)
  • Please also share something about your future goals for graduate study and an academic career.
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member who can speak to your academic work and interests, and your possible pathway to graduate school. (Additional letters are not required.)
  • An interview. (Students will be invited to interview after the application deadline.)
A note about eligibility:
  • The MMUF program is a national program within the USA, and eligibility is limited to US citizens and permanent residents
  • If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident and you’d like information about other scholarships and opportunities, please email Dean April Ruiz (aruiz01@wesleyan.edu), who can pass along a list and also names of other folks on campus who can advise you on this path.

Applications and recommendations are due Sunday, February 5

Course Withdrawal Deadline 12/2

The deadline to withdraw from full-semester and second-quarter classes for the Fall 2022 semester is Friday, December 2, at 5:00 p.m EST.

If you need to withdraw from a course, please send a group email to the instructor, your faculty advisor, and your class dean, and attach a withdrawal form.

If you are thinking about withdrawing from a course:

  • Do use this time to talk to your professors, your advisors, and your class dean about your concerns.
  • Do make sure you are taking advantage of all the resources available to you.
  • Do not wait until Friday at 4:00 p.m. to seek advice from your instructor, advisor, or dean because you probably won’t hear back from them until after the deadline has passed.

Shu Tokita Prize for Students of Color Studying Literature: Application Deadline 12/5

Application Deadline: Monday, December 5, 2022

The Shu Tokita ’84 Prize is awarded to a student of color majoring in literature, in area studies, or a language major with a focus on literature that demonstrates the need for substantial financial assistance. The friends and family of Shu Tokita established the prize in memory of his passing from leukemia, five years after graduating from Wesleyan. For him, literature was a pursuit that spoke to his life, one from which he drew both insight and strength. The award focuses on supporting students of color, for whom the study of literature is often considered a luxury. Awarded to one or two sophomores and/or juniors who demonstrate a clear commitment to literature, the prize is usually $1,500 per year for the remainder of their time at Wesleyan.

For more information and application instructions please visit: http://www.wesleyan.edu/english/prizes/index.html

Wesleyan Women in Science Headshot Event 12/2

Need a new headshot? Or need to learn how to build your resume? Join us this Friday, Dec 2 in the Gordon Career Center! We’ll be taking your headshots and GCC staff will be hosting a resume workshop, all to help you build the perfect resume! We’ll be at the GCC from 12-1 pm. 

Holiday Resource Drive at The Resource Center 11/28-12/2

This holiday season, the Sustainability Office, in collaboration with The Resource Center, is collecting donations for climate-related disaster resources for Amazing Grace in Middletown. Any extra supplies from your dorm or home would be greatly appreciated!

Items needed:

Socks, Gloves, Warm blankets, Bandages, Protein bars, Heavy Duty Ziploc bags, Soup/Noodle Cups, Good quality water bottles, and Plastic grocery bags.

Please come to the porch of 167 High Street or the entrance of Weshop to drop off supplies!