SPARK faculty-mentors meet regularly with students to discuss their academic goals, their summer plans, their thesis ideas, their research goals, their professional aspirations--and the list goes on. As part of accomplishing their goals, students often decide to apply for a competitive, national award--a scholarship, fellowship, internship, or research experience--such as the Fulbright, Truman, Gates Cambridge, Boren, and Goldwater. Many of these awards support study and research at the graduate level. Notable awards such as the NSF REU, Critical Language Scholarship, Gilman, Mount Vernon, and PPIA (all of which you can read about in this website), fund student research and study at the undergraduate level, often through summer institutes, internships, research appointments, and symposiums.
Because these awards are prestigious and therefore highly competitive, we advise and guide students as they consider scholarships in their area of study and germane to their professional goals. We support students as they prepare their application--an intense but satisfying experience. We also help students address additional requirements frequently essential to the scholarship application: language exams, University endorsements, formal interviews, letters of recommendation, etc.
In sum, we seek to inform Baylor students about rich opportunities for study, research, and professional experience available to them, and then to equip them, walk alongside them as they pursue these opportunities through a formal application process.