Introduction and Overview
Rewards of "Going for the Gold"
This scholarship website gives you expanded details about scholarships, fellowships, and summer internships. Look over the CALENDAR
to glimpse the tremendous number of opportunities to consider. Scroll through the months in the Calendar to see what all is on offer.
The various categories listed on the left-hand index of this page provide important additional categories that complement the national scholarship information, such as teaching and service opportunities abroad.
Some of the major categories you may want to explore are listed below. Each of these is explained further within the following pages:
STEM Fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
There are many opportunities listed here for you, and you will have fun investigating which awards exactly fit your interests and your academic classification.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
One of the graduate awards (that you may apply for in your senior year) is the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This year Zack Valdez, a doctoral student at Baylor, won this prestigious fellowship. In 2011, three of our graduates in Engineering and Computer Science won the NSFGRF-- George Montanez, Greg Bond, and Eduardo Torrealba. In 2010 Baylor students won NSF awards in Economics, Political Science, and Biochemistry. In 2009 other students won in Engineering and Neuroscience. These young people now have significant stipends to help them fund their graduate research for three years.
NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates
At the undergraduate level, students in math, chemistry, physics, engineering, life sciences, social sciences, geology, computer information or science education should look at the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates website for an overview of countless summer internships in many fields. Some of our students have applied and been selected for these internships for not just one summer, but two or three.
Other US Opportunities
You may explore a smorgasbord of other U.S. awards, such as the Goldwater, the Udall, the Rangel, the Pickering, the Truman--each with its own focus in areas as diverse as environmental science, international development, and public service. Eight of our undergraduates have won Truman Scholarships, and a number of others have been finalists for that fine public service award (applied for in the junior year). George Montanez won not only a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship but also a Ford Foundation Scholarship. Jessie Kuykendall became a Pickering Scholar and will begin a career in the State Department after completing her master's degree at George Washington University.
Do you want to know more about overseas opportunities for Critical Language Scholarships, for the Boren Scholarship or the Fulbright? We have had students win the CLS to China and to Russia. We have students who have won Gilmans to study Arabic or Spanish. Students have won Boren Scholarships to study Chinese, Turkish, and Russian.
Six Baylor undergraduates won Fulbrights this year.
- Liz Black is on an ETA to Russia.
- Rachel Cliburn is on a full grant, completing a master's degree in Neuroscience in The Netherlands.
- Huong Nguyen is on a full grant to Scotland to complete a master's degree in Public Health at the University of Aberdeen.
- Jaclyn Hyland won a bi-national business award and is interning in Mexico this year.
- Elizabeth Dratz is in Turkey as an ETA.
- Ross Natividad is on an ETA to Indonesia.
Other graduates are teaching English in Thailand and France as well as entering graduate programs after completing a Fulbright. Look at the Fulbright US Student Programs
website to survey the 140+ countries that US students may apply to for study, research, and English teaching. Likewise, Rotary Vision Scholarships and World Peace Scholarships offer worldwide study. (Many Baylor students have won these!)
Do you want to apply for a graduate scholarship (Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell) to study in the UK or in Ireland? Each of these awards is explained within this website.
Interested in any of these extraordinary opportunities?
- Speak with your adviser or a favorite professor regarding your interest, or
- Contact the URSA office for information on undergraduate research, or
- Contact Elizabeth Vardaman regarding specific national scholarship processes(Elizabeth_Vardaman@baylor.edu).
We will do our best to help you begin the conversation that might lead to a summer internship, to a meaningful research experience, to a graduate fellowship, or to other exciting opportunities on campus and beyond.
Workshops on these topics are held throughout the school year. If you want to be notified of an upcoming workshop, contact Elizabeth Vardaman.
Office: Burleson 110
Phone: (254) 710-4176