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Apply to be the Kim-Frank Fellow!

A message from Quinn Frenzel ’16:

Attention, seniors! Would you like to begin your post-graduate career with a prestigious fellowship?

Apply to be the 2017-2018 Kim-Frank Fellow in the Writing Programs. Applications are due by email on Monday, March 27 at 4:30 PM.

The Kim-Frank Fellow works with Prof. Anne Greene in the Writing Programs office, helping to organize a broad range of writing programs and events on campus. The Fellow assists in running the university’s Writing Certificate and writing programs, has teaching responsibilities, and helps contribute to the development of new courses.

The Fellow also has an opportunity to work with distinguished writers, journalists, artists, and public figures.

The 2017-18 Fellow will be appointed with graduate student status and is eligible to take two academic courses, conduct research, and work collaboratively with faculty members.

To apply, please email the following application materials to Professor Anne Greene at agreene[at]wesleyan[dot]edu using the subject line “Kim-Frank Fellowship Application.”

Include:
1. A letter of interest discussing your academic work at Wesleyan, other important experiences, your fuure plans or aspirations, and your interest in this Fellowship.
2. A transcript
3. A resume
4. Two writing samples: One academic paper, with comments and a grade if they are available. The second piece should also be prose — academic, journalistic, or creative.
5. The names of two faculty members who can serve as references. Your references will be contacted if you are a finalist.

For more information, visit the Writing at Wesleyan webpage or contact Anne Greene, University Professor in English and Director of the Writing Certificate, at 860-685 3604 or agreene[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Due date: Monday, March 27th at 5:00 p.m.
How to apply: Send required materials by email to agreene[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

Theory Certificate Presents: Contours of the Present Crisis

theory certificate talksFrom Professor Matthew Garrett:

A lecture series on the long-term currents of our political situation, with focus on Islam, incarceration, and refugees.

Suleiman Mourad
on truths and fictions of Islam

TUESDAY, MARCH 7 • DOWNEY 113

Jordan Camp
on incarcerating the crisis

THURSDAY, MARCH 30 • BOGER 112

Marguerite Nguyen
on refuge and refugees

THURSDAY, MAY 4 • BOGER 112

All lectures begin at 4:30 PM.

For the full poster, click here. And for more about Theory Certificate events, click here.

Table Talk with Amy Bloom

Courtesy of Zenzele Price ’18:

The semester is in full swing, and it’s time for the return of Table Talk with Amy Bloom! Bring all your plans (drafts, outlines, concepts, you name it!) for all things prose to workshop them with Amy Bloom and the Wesleyan writing community.

Free snacks, great people, and valuable critique! Don’t miss this chance to praise, pity, and parse your writing, or anyone else’s.

Come to chat, come to share, come to snack!

Date: Thursday, March 2nd
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Shapiro Center (167 High St)
Facebook event: LINK

Apply for the Friends of the Wesleyan Library Undergraduate Research Prize

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“Portrait of clever student with open book reading it in college library”

For all you avid researchers:

The Friends of the Wesleyan Library are happy to announce the launch of an undergraduate research prize. The research project, widely conceived, can be from any undergraduate course taken in Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016, or Winter 2017 from currently enrolled Wesleyan students. Honors theses are not eligible.

Projects will be evaluated based on the use of Wesleyan’s library collections and resources as well as on the quality of writing and research. We are particularly interested in receiving applications that show evidence of learning about research techniques and the information-gathering process itself.

There will be two cash awards: a 1st-place prize worth $500 and a 2nd-place prize worth $250.

Instructors and librarians are encouraged to nominate students’ work; students may also self-nominate. Please send nominations to: libfriends[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

All materials must be submitted electronically, preferably as PDF files. Applications will include:

1)      Application form: https://tinyurl.com/WesLibFriendsPrize
2)      Statement on the use of the Wesleyan libraries (maximum 600 words)
3)      Paper/Project
4)      Bibliography

The jury will be comprised of members of the Friends of Wesleyan Library board, Wesleyan librarians, and Wesleyan faculty from Arts & Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Sciences & Mathematics.

Awards will be announced in April 2017. For inquiries, contact the Friends of Wesleyan Library, at libfriends[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 10 at 5 PM

College of Letters Open House

College of Letters lecture, Nov. 15, 2012.

Emily Furnival ’18 writes in: 

Have you ever wondered whether the College of Letters just studies the alphabet for three years? Never heard of the College of Letters? Like reading, writing, OR talking? Come to the COL Open House to get answers to all (we do mean all) of your questions! Talk to students and faculty to understand what the major is and whether it’s right for you.

The College of Letters is the interdisciplinary study of European Literature, History, Philosophy & Foreign Language. Through this program you will study with a small cohort of peers and two professors each semester. It’s a three year major and applications are due March 27th, so come by with questions!

Date: Monday and Tuesday, February 27-28th
Time: 4:30pm
Where: College of Letters Library (41 Wyllys, 3rd Floor)

WesMaps 2017-2018 Is Live (Kind Of) (For the Most Part)

I thought I was going to get work done tonight, but the pre-reg deities had other plans. Welcome to WesMaps 2017-2018, your new form of future-building, stress-inducing procrastination.

Truth be told, we don’t usually post about fall WesMaps until spring pre-reg, but since the new WesMaps link is already spreading like wildfire on social media, we thought we’d make an exception. Most of the courses aren’t even up yet, so we’ll hold off on our “best of” list, but here are some initial observations:

“The Hell, NSM?” — New Data on Representation in STEM at Wesleyan

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NSM: (Natural Science and Mathematics)

With light to the recent NYT article about the 1% 17% that exists on Wesleyan’s campus, we’ve been focused on statistics. While analyzing Wesleyan’s financial assets is incredibly important and necessary to discuss class and privilege, we must also remember that there are many factors that affect student performance; the NSM Coalition—a combination of Student Underrepresented in STEM (SUSS), Wesleyan Women in Science (WesWIS), Wesleyan Mathematics and Science Scholars Program (WesMaSS), and McNair undergraduate students partnering with graduate students, staff, faculty, and administrators—collected data specifically for students in STEM, and let me tell you, they are freaking terrifying.

The percentages, collected by the Office of Institutional Research, show how class not only affects our ability to even go to Wesleyan, but also how it affects our performance: it cannot be stressed enough how important this conversation is for the Wes community.

Apply to Work with a Thesis Mentor!

aww-kitten-on-a-computerFord Fellow Gabe Borelli writes in for all you senior thesis writers like me who are floundering about having to turn in 20 pages of something to my department next week:

Starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by your senior thesis? You’ve been researching for months, collecting information, and structuring your thoughts, but soon you actually have to start writing the thesis. Really soon. As in this weekend. After brunch. But don’t panic! You still have plenty of time to write an honors-worthy manuscript, as long as you get started soon and stay organized. The other big favor you can do for yourself? Sign up for a thesis mentor.

Your thesis mentor will work with you throughout the spring semester, meeting with you regularly to discuss any and all aspects of your thesis. Your mentor can discuss ideas with you to help structure your argument, look over that one chapter that isn’t clicking, and even read through your whole thesis before you turn it in (something your advisor might not do!). It’s incredibly beneficial to partner with someone who can keep you on task and track the development of your thesis over time.

To apply for a thesis mentor, fill out the application form HERE by Monday, December 5th at 8:00 a.m. Please note that this is a popular program and while we do our best to help everyone, we might not have the resources available to pair every applicant with a mentor. Therefore, we suggest you both apply early and make a good case in your application for why you would like to work with a mentor!

If you have any questions about the thesis mentor program, please contact Professor Meg Furniss Weisberg at mweisberg[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or Ford Fellow Gabe Borelli at writingworks[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Application Deadline: Monday, December 5 at 8 AM

Best of WesMaps: Spring 2017 Edition

“Prereg? Already???” Yes, already. Buckle your seatbelts for the next 2+ weeks, because it’s time for course selection! Even though Wesleyan’s preregistration system got a much-needed update a couple years back (forever immortalized in my favorite Wesleying post), the process of picking out classes for next semester is same as it ever was: convoluted and stressful af.

If you’re like me, you’re probably frantically emailing your professors right now because all your required courses are highly-selective POIs (film major 4 lyfe). If, however, you have one or two free slots in your schedule and have no clue what to take – especially if you’re a frosh – then there’s plenty to choose from within the dark depths of Wesmaps. Here are some of our favorites, available in the spring: