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THE CENTER FOR RESEARCH & FELLOWSHIPS CATHERINE STECYK Associate Director Center for Research & Fellowships Villanova University
Our Goal CRF’s goal is to increase student success rates by delivering to them the very best professional development training available anywhere. In particular, we specialize in the skills of selling one’s self and one’s research
What We Do: Overall Career Trajectory Management To help you win… in research, in fellowships, and in life!
Research, Grants & Fellowships FACT: Villanova is one of only a handful of universities that has a large, professional, full-time team dedicated to helping students apply for research opportunities, grants, and fellowships.
Our Team: Center for Research & Fellowships Mike Westrate Director Catherine Stecyk Associate Director Team Lead for Research John. Jo Shanley Assistant Director Team Lead for Fellowships Chelsea Benincasa Program Coordinator Team Lead for Presidential Scholars Program
Our Team: (Student) G&F Consultants (All undergrads Pres. Scholars) Ricki White Emily Southerton Master’s, Counselling CRF Graduate Assistant Sarah Harris Sophomore English/History Victoria Nelson First-year Undeclared Master’s, Theology CRF Graduate Assistant Brendan Gorman Gianna Perez Sophomore Chem. Engineering Sophomore Neuroscience Laura Wagner First-year Undeclared
What We Do Undergraduate Research • Villanova Research (& funding) 1. The Research (Freshman) Match 2. VURF (Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship) 3. CRF Summer Housing Award • Villanova Presentation Events (& funding) 1. University-Wide Fall Poster Session 2. Week-long Spring Research Expo 3. Travel & Conference Grants • External Research (recruitment and application support) 1. Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (Federal) 2. Summer Research Opportunities (other funding) 3. Research Internships
What We Do Nationally Competitive Fellowships • Pre-grad Fulbright Summer, ACS Critical Language Scholarship (pipeline awards to higher awards) • Fulbright • UK awards (Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell) • Other prestigious post-grad awards in STEM (e. g. NSF GRFP) • Other prestigious post-grad awards (e. g. Presidential Management Fellowship) • Fulbright Scholars (Faculty & Staff)
What We Do Other Services • • Professional Development programming Resume and CV support Graduate school advising and application support Serve undergrads & graduate students & ALUMNI!
Why should a student apply? Financial Benefit Refine Work Recognition & Validation Experience & Feedback Networking Branding (for life)
Fulbright Top Producing School for 10 years in a row #1 Top Producer in our category last year 40 Winners in the last 3 years
Resumes 101 WHAT IS A RESUME?
• A summary of your professional and personal experiences designed to introduce you. • A first impression! • Resumes should be targeted to the readers The purpose of the resume is to obtain an interview or interest the reader in getting to know you further.
• Review your educational and professional history. • Make a list of all jobs held, schools attended, clubs joined, honors received, skills acquired, duties performed, and any other appropriate information. • Will help you form the content of your resume and help you identify your skills and accomplishments. • Think about what skills you want to emphasize to your reader!
• • Strong ACTIONS=RESULTS content One page Professional Layout Easy to read Quantify skills and actions Relevance! High School
Name, Address, Phone number, Email address Education Professional Experience Additional Experience Honors/Awards Publications and Presentations Relevant Coursework Community Activities Related Training Computer Skills Language Skills
Employer Name, Employer Location (Date-Date) Position • Insert accomplishment statement here beginning with action verb and ending with measurable results
Villanova University, Biology Department Research Project Assistant Jan. 2014 – Dec. 2014 • Assisted Biology professors with data collection and laboratory research • Accumulated and documented findings for future publications • Coordinated efforts of five students completing independent research • Compared data to previous research projects
“The Villanovan” (School newspaper with circulation of 10, 000) Lead Staff Writer, Editorials 2014 – present • Organized and coordinated editorial section of weekly paper • Supervised staff of five • Demonstrated integrity and discretion in interviewing faculty, administration and students
TEMPLATES • • Have someone proofread your resume regularly Back it up and save all versions E-mail your resume as a PDF! Take risks, set high goals, know your value
Cover Letters 101 • It’s a sales pitch – why you, why this company/organization, why this position? • It’s a writing sample – demonstrates that you can write in a clear and professional manner. • It expounds on your resume – highlights key experiences and frames them in the right way.
• Salutation TO A SPECIFIC PERSON (“To Whom it May Concern” pitfall) • Three paragraphs, three themes ― Why Them ― Why You ― Closing Statement
Section 1: § Introduction § Include the position title- “Finance Match Research opportunity studying XYZ topic” § WHY are you interested? Section 2: § Match your experience to the needs of position § “I did X, I learned Y, I will apply Y in this position in these specific ways” Section 3: § Closing Statement § Reiterate interest, welcome interviewing, etc § Thank them for consideration
I am a Bachelor of Arts candidate at Villanova University concentrating in History and Humanities. I am very excited to learn about the Eurasia Program Intern position at Freedom House. This is a wonderful opportunity to actively support and contribute to the ongoing development and progress of post-Soviet Eastern Europe. Freedom House and its publications motivate me to stay engaged and push myself in my knowledge of world events as they relate to democracy and influence freedom. I seek the chance to build my communication skills, interact with an international audience, and learn from Freedom House.
For my International Affairs class, I researched corruption in Russian elections and gave a presentation on the topic. I have also engaged in undergraduate research through the Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows Program, in which I designed and implemented a project that involved literature reviews, blogging, networking, and tracking newspaper articles in the region. I intend to study abroad in Russia during the spring of my Junior year to enhance my understanding of the region and have studied Russian through formal coursework for three semesters. I have further pursued my passion for Eastern Europe by writing for my local newspaper and blogs and by attending a national conference. I believe that my ability to manage complicated projects, conduct research, cooperate as part of a team, and communicate effectively would be an asset to Freedom House as an Intern.
The goals of Freedom House align well with my experiences, interests, and background, and the prospect of collaborating in program implementation, research, and outreach efforts as a Eurasia Program Intern is very exciting. I offer my experiences, writing skills, interest in promoting democratic ideals, language skills, and passion for supporting positive change to Freedom House. Please do not hesitate to contact me at (610) 519 -8766 or email me at [email protected] edu. Thank you for your time and consideration.