Student Fellows Program

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The Chellgren Student Fellows Program is designed to provide experiences for outstanding undergraduates that go beyond classroom instruction in order to help them cultivate extraordinary academic achievement.

The program is explicitly intended to help high-achieving undergraduates attain levels of accomplishment that will enable them to compete successfully for prestigious awards - such as the Rhodes, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships - and gain admittance into excellent graduate and professional programs.

The goal is to provide a kind of intellectual/academic enrichment that supplements and extends the undergraduate experience at UK. Participants will learn about the many ways they can enrich their academic skills, broaden their minds, and embellish their credentials through small group discussion, undergraduate research, community engagement, education abroad, service learning, and many other special academic and extracurricular opportunities available at the University.


Chellgren Student Enrichment Program

Selected students will participate in a small, specific academic enrichment group of undergraduates interested in a topic area that is consistent with one or more nationally competitive awards. Each group will be mentored by a UK faculty member with expertise pertinent to each group’s topic. Groups will meet weekly or biweekly approximately eight times during the Fall semester. The goal of this program is to help students become familiar with nationally competitive awards and other extraordinary academic achievements as well as what it takes to achieve exceptional success in a particular area.

At the end of this faculty-mentored experience, some participants will be selected to participate in additional mentoring and enrichment opportunities. Based on their firm agreement to apply and pursue nomination for a competitive award, these students will become Chellgren Student Fellows. The Fellows will receive additional advising and assistance that will help students prepare for prestigious awards and other academic opportunities.  



A primary goal of the Fellows Program is to create a learning community consisting of collaborative interactions among students, faculty, and staff affiliated with the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence.