Submitting a Proposal

Submitting a Proposal

 

Step 1

  • Applicants should begin by identifying an appropriate Faculty Mentor for your proposal. The Faculty Mentor acts as an academic adviser, assisting the student in developing the proposal and serves as a recommender during the selection process.
  • For help in locating a Faculty Mentor or extra assistance with your proposal, you can schedule an appointment with an Honors College representative by directly contacting Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar at Ketelaar@nmsu.edu or (575) 646-2051 or (575) 405-3729, or by contacting:
    • Valerie Torres at vatorres@nmsu.edu or (575) 646-2005
    • Dean Miriam Chaiken at mchaiken@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2005

 


 

Step 2

  • After securing the agreement of a Faculty mentor, the applicant should notify the Honors College of their interest by providing the Honors College with a very brief summary or abstract of your proposed project.
    • Notification can be made by contacting Tim Ketelaar at ketelaar@nmsu.edu or (575) 405-3729 or by contacting Valerie Torres at vatorres@nmsu.edu or 646-2005. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
    • Deadline for initial notification of interest is (5 PM) Friday, Feb, 9th 2018.
    • Within 48 hours of submitting your notification of interest, you will be contacted by the Honors College to verify that the brief summary description/abstract of your proposed project is consistent with the eligibility requirements. You will also receive feedback on any issues (e.g., travel logistics, IRB, etc.) that may need to be addressed in your Final Application (Due on March 28th. 2018).

 


 

Step 3

  • Applicants should work with their Faculty Mentor to assemble your Final Application.

    The Final application should include:

    1. Complete Statement of Interest Form (download form here) and email form to ketelaar@nmsu.edu
    2. A Cover Letter (1-2pp) written by the student summarizing why the student is applying and his or her long range goals and plans.
    3. Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae or Résumé
    4. Applicant’s Personal Statement (500 – 1000 words)
    5. Project Proposal (including: Title of the Project, your name, a 100 word abstract, a 500 – 1000 word statement describing proposed the travel/research experience).
    6. One page budget summary (example budget form)
    7. One letter of endorsement from the Faculty mentor
    8. A second letter of endorsement from a Faculty member

Deadline for the submission of the Final Application is: 5pm Monday March 28th, 2018.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT ONLINE


 

Step 4

  • Applicants who have been selected as Finalists will be notified by the selection committee the week of March 13th to March 17th.

 


 

Step 5

Interviews of Finalists will be conducted during the week of March 13th to 17th and the selection of the 2017 Honors College Scholar will be announced that same week.

Putting Together a Successful Application

  • The scholarship’s primary purpose is to help fund short-term international research and study projects developed by NMSU Crimson Scholars.
  • The Honors College Scholar will be selected, in large part, on the basis of the student’s ability to develop and define a feasible and significant international experience, and the selection committees’ assessments of the student’s ability to use this opportunity to make a significant contribution to society.
  • This experience is intended to help prepare student applicants for participation in the prestigious British Marshall, Rhodes, Gates, and Fulbright scholarship programs during their senior year.

Desired Characteristics of Honor College Scholars

Honors College Scholars should possess and demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Intellectual curiosity and achievement
  • Mental agility to handle the unexpected and to solve problems
  • Questing spirit, the will to pursue the greater challenge and to take risks
  • Moral character, i.e., exceptional standards of personal and public ideals and performance
  • Leadership—the ability to serve, lead, and receive the recognition of their peers
  • Adaptability, maturity, and potential to represent the United States

In addition, their proposals should meet the following criteria:

  • Validity and Feasibility: the student’s project should be feasible given his or her preparation, access to resources, and time limitations. The student should show knowledge about, and interest in, the country of destination.
  • Academic or Professional Qualifications: the student’s academic preparation, analytical, linguistic, and methodological skills should be sufficient in relation to the proposed project.
  • Potential for Growth: the student’s project should make good sense given his or her personal and professional goals.

What does a successful Application look like?

  • Proposed projects can take the form of a research experience in a lab overseas, a creative project in a foreign country, or a unique international study proposal.
  • Past scholarship recipients have conducted independent research, volunteered with nonprofit organizations, worked in labs abroad, and combined organized master classes or seminars with independent research. Many recipients have used this research as the basis for an Honors Thesis.
  • Whatever the student chooses, the project should be creative and student generated. The scholarship is not intended to fund regular study abroad programs. While proposals to fund projects that are primarily domestic will be considered, the selection committee will give priority to projects that will take place outside the United States. In no case may a project be undertaken in Doña Ana County.

The Final application should include:

  1. Completed Application Form (application link coming soon)
  2. A Cover Letter (1-2pp) written by the student summarizing why the student is applying and his or her long range goals and plans.
  3. Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae or Résumé
  4. Applicant’s Personal Statement (500 – 1000 words)
  5. Project Proposal (including: Title of the Project, your name, a 100 word abstract, a 500 – 1000 word statement describing proposed the travel/research experience).
  6. One page budget summary (example budget form)
  7. One letter of endorsement from the Faculty mentor
  8. A second letter of endorsement from a Faculty member

Obligations of Honors College Scholars

The Honors College Scholarship is intended for those students who wish, based on their talent and leadership, to make a significant contribution to society. They are expected to seek ways of improving the lives of others and make the following commitments:

  • During their junior and senior years, Honors College Scholars will participate in the selection process for new Honors College Scholars.
  • Each Honors College Scholar will give a presentation to the campus community at the Conroy Honors Center concerning the educational gains of his/her experience. This presentation must be given during the semester immediately following their experience abroad.

 

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