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Fellow General Information
Students who want to immerse themselves in a culture of research and creativity can become Methodist University CURC Fellows. The pathway to becoming a Methodist University CURC Fellow is intended to be intense and rigorous. However, upon completion of the program, the successful students will be well-rounded and open-minded and will have had an experience that sets them apart from their peers at MU and other institutions.
How does the process work?
Freshman will be registered for a First Year Seminar (FYS) course, during which they will learn about the different pathways of the Methodist University Journey. Any student, no matter his or her FYS focus (i.e., Engage, Enrich or Empower) is welcome to be nominated for and apply to the CURC Fellow program.
Once a student has been nominated by a faculty or staff member, the student will accept the nomination by submitting a CURC Fellow Candidate application. After review of the student's application the student will be notified of the CURC's decision. If the student is selected to become a CURC Fellow Candidate, he or she will be required to attend a series of events that are focused on research and creative projects. Furthermore, Candidates will be required to complete a series of essays that reflect their thoughts and opinions on the events they attend. In addition to these events, Candidates are required to register for at least 3 semester hours (but no more than 4 semester hours) of independent study projects (course number URC 299) in which they will design and conduct their own research and/or creative project with their faculty mentor. Candidates will be required to present the material at the annual MU Research Symposium.
Furthermore, Candidates will be required to create and continually update a CURC Fellow Candidate portfolio. This portfolio will be comprised of the student's reflection essays, independent study projects progress, as well as a comprehensive list of research and creative project events the student has attended. This portfolio will remain in the Candidate's possession over the course of the semester, but the student will need to submit his or her portfolio for review at the end of each academic semester. The portfolio will be filed in the MU Journey Office located in the Berns Student Center.
At the completion of the Candidate's second semester of his or her sophomore year, the Candidate can apply to become a CURC Fellow. The Candidate's application will be comprised of an updated and completed portfolio, as well as a completed Fellow Application that will focus on the plans that the Candidate has to complete the URC Fellowship.
Once the Candidate has been accepted as a CURC Fellow, the student is required to continue to update the portfolio with the events that he or she attends and in which he or she participates. A Fellow must complete 4 – 6 semester hours (but no more than 8 semester hours) of a Fellow-specific 499 Independent Study course (URC 499) in the student's desired discipline. A Fellow will also be required not only to present at the annual MU Symposium but also to present during at least one off-campus forum.
In order to graduate as a CURC Fellow, a Fellow must apply for the Certificate of Completion during the final semester of the senior year. This application must be filed with the MU Journey office at least 2 months prior to the Fellow's expected graduation date. The Certificate will be dependent upon satisfactory completion of the portfolio, as well as all requirements of the CURC Fellow's program.
How does the process work for upperclassmen?
The CURC Fellow Program is not limited to freshman—upperclassmen can apply too. As an upperclassman, students will still be required to complete each facet of the nomination/application process, complete the Fellow's Candidacy and Fellow's requirements before being able to submit his or her application for the Certificate of Completion.
At the following links, you will find the check sheets that show the requirements students must complete for each portion (Candidate and Fellow) of the CURC Fellow's Program.
Creation of your Portfolio
The Fellow's Candidate and Fellow's portfolios will consist of items (e.g., event programs) along with reflection essays about the attended event. Information regarding the content and format of the reflection essays will be provided upon acceptance into the Fellow's Candidate program. These essays will be tailored to guide the student during their maturation as a CURC Fellow.
In addition to these essays, students will also be required to meet with
his or her faculty mentor to discuss what the student's short term (i.e.,
time spent at MU) and long term (i.e., post undergraduate) goals are.
These goals will also be included within the portfolio and assessed over
the course of the Fellow's process. Finally, abstracts, summaries and/or
copies of the student's project(s) will be included within the portfolio.