Throughout the year, a variety of campus projects and structured opportunities help to create the complete Southwestern Experience.
Most of these projects involve some level of collaboration between students, faculty and staff and are often not widely known beyond the campus community. In an effort to gather the financial support these projects need to move forward, the Office of Gift Programs is highlighting these current funding projects:
Summer Research Project - SCOPE: $5,000 and above
SCOPE is Southwestern’s eight-week summer undergraduate research program, providing full-time, collaborative research opportunities for 40-45 students each summer. SCOPE students also participate in professional and social activities to integrate awareness of scientific community across disciplines, and research teams are encouraged to present their findings at regional or national conferences.
A gift of $5,000 will support one SCOPE research scholar per summer by covering the cost of campus housing and supplies as well as defraying a portion of the faculty stipends that accompany mentoring student researchers. Additional funding allows Southwestern to offer as many as one-third of SCOPE research experiences to underrepresented students.
Internship Fund: $5,000 and above
Internships allow students to gain insight on their career paths, test different work environments, shape and grow their professional networks, and develop the essential skill sets to thrive in the professional arena. The value of Southwestern’s distinguished liberal arts education, coupled with practical, hands-on experience obtained through an internship, can give our students a significant advantage as they enter the workforce.
Often low-paid or unpaid internship opportunities can deter students from gaining the experience necessary to grow professionally. Summer funding can help cover the supplemental costs associated with pursuing an unpaid opportunity, allowing students to explore potential industries of interest and pursue their passions.
Student Conference Travel Fund: $4,000 and above
Professional conferences allow students to gain knowledge and relevant experience that can be applied to their academic and future career growth. In addition, students have the opportunity to share this knowledge with their peers when they return to campus, benefitting the institution as a whole.
Each year, about 25 Southwestern students attend and make presentations at key conferences in their areas of study. Due to limited funding, travel expenses are not covered for all students, nor is travel covered for any international conferences. A $4,000 gift would typically fund either all annual international travel for student conferences or the domestic travel expenses for eight students per year.
Destination: Service Project: $3000 and above
Volunteering and learning form the dual mission of Destination: Service. Students work on projects that benefit communities suffering material or social disadvantages; building relationships with those they serve, students learn about the world’s needs and gain self-understanding.
Costs include lodging, food, transportation and cultural outings. Funding helps offset the cost of the trip and allows more students to experience this opportunity.
Study Abroad Fund: $3,000 and above
The Office of Intercultural Learning works with Southwestern students to help them integrate intercultural experiences into their liberal arts education and to reflect on their position and responsibilities in the world. Your gift will support students with demonstrated financial need who wish to pursue academic studies abroad. The grant can help with travel, room and board, and program fees. International experience is critically important in the educational and career development of Southwestern students.