Requirements and Application

English majors who have completed the sophomore year with a minimum GPA of 3.5 (overall and in the major) may apply for admission to the Arnhold Undergraduate Research Fellows Program. Students should apply to the program in the fall of their junior year. In special cases, students may apply in the fall of their senior year and participate only in the program’s first-year track. The application includes:

  • An application form available from the English Department Office or online.
  • A brief statement of interest indicating why you are applying for the Arnhold Program (1⁄2 – 1 page)
  • A writing sample (no more than 10 pages); it is recommended that you submit work originally written for an English course

In order to satisfy the requirements of the Arnhold Undergraduate Fellows Program, students must fulfill the following terms:

First Year:

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher in English (in the overall major and the upper division).
  • Attend the Arnhold Program welcome event in the fall quarter and three of four colloquia per quarter in both the Winter and Spring quarters (for a total of 7 events throughout the year).
  • Participate in the Arnhold Research Showcase at the end of the year.
  • Juniors are also invited (but not required) to submit a research paper to be published in the online journal.

Completion of these requirements will earn the student the designation of “Arnhold Undergraduate Research Fellow.”

Second Year:

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher in English (in the overall major and the upper division).
  • Create a final portfolio, which might include some of the following, depending on each fellow’s professional goals: a research paper, a digital humanities project, a creative writing project, a podcast, a video.
  • Some or all of these elements should be submitted to Emergence.
  • Assist with editing and producing the online journal, Emergence, released in the Fall of each year, or the department’s literary magazine, Catalyst.
  • Participate in writing workshops with fellow second years, working towards final portfolio projects
  • Attend 2 (of 3) workshops or colloquia each quarter; second-year workshops are geared towards professionalization, preparing fellows for graduate school and careers in the creative professions.
  • Seniors are invited (but not required) to participate in the Arnhold Research Showcase at the end of the year.

Completion of these requirements will earn the student the additional designation of “Arnhold Undergraduate Research Associate.”

All Arnhold Fellows are also encouraged (although not required) to attend functions hosted by the Department’s centers and specializations.

Applications for the Program must be submitted in hard copy to the English Undergraduate Advisor’s office. Please contact the Undergraduate Advisor for information concerning due dates. The Graduate Fellow will notify applicants of their acceptance after the Arnhold Committee has reviewed their applications. The review process should take no more than two weeks.

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