Undergraduate Program

Events and Opportunities

Events and Opportunities 10.30.2014



Edmond J. Safra Undergraduate Fellowships in Ethics

The Edmond J. Safra Undergraduate Fellowship program welcomes applications from Harvard College sophomores and juniors from any concentration who are pursuing research and writing with an ethics dimension, and who wish to develop their talents in modes of inquiry that are essential to tackling critical moral issues in public life. Established in the spring of 2013, the Program invites eight to twelve fellows each year to join a university-wide community of faculty and scholars from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the professional schools at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

Purpose: The Undergraduate Fellowship program seeks to provide students with the opportunity to engage in an informed analysis of values in their own areas of inquiry that will lead to the completion of a senior thesis. In pursuit of this goal, Undergraduate Fellows complete an ethics seminar with the director of the program, Professor Arthur Applbaum, participate in an ongoing ethics research workshop, and attend lectures and dinners hosted by the Center. In addition, Undergraduate Fellows are offered a wide range of opportunities to interact with faculty, fellows, and graduate students affiliated with the Center.

Spring Semester 2015: Undergraduate Fellows will enroll in the interdisciplinary seminar with Professor Applbaum, Government 94saf: Safra Undergraduate Ethics Fellowship Seminar, which meets Thursdays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Undergraduate Fellows also will attend the annual Lester Kissel Lecture and Workshop and at least one other lecture sponsored by the Center.

Fall Semester 2015 and 2016: To help prepare for their senior theses, Undergraduate Fellows will participate in an informal semester-long weekly research workshop in the fall of each year that they remain at Harvard. The research workshop will include discussions of assigned readings, presentations of the students’ own work, and reflections on the Center’s distinguished lecture series.

Spring Semester, Senior Year: Undergraduate Fellows will submit to their respective departments a senior thesis on an approved topic that has a normative dimension.  

Eligibility: Students in the fall of their sophomore or junior year, with a GPA of at least 3.0, are invited to apply. Applicants should have completed or be currently enrolled in two courses in ethics, moral or political philosophy, or political theory.  A non-exhaustive selection of suitable courses is listed in the Center’s Ethics Course Catalog. Suggested timelines for sophomores and juniors to plan for the Undergraduate Fellowship in Ethics can be found on the Center’s website.

Award: Undergraduate Fellows receive a one-time book fund of $500, and are eligible to apply for summer funding through the Lester Kissel Grants in Practical Ethics. These grants support research and writing that make contributions to the understanding of practical ethics, and normally will be awarded in the summer prior to the student’s senior year.  

Deadline: The deadline for receipt of applications for Undergraduate Fellowships beginning in the spring semester 2015 is Monday, November 3, 2014. Awards will be announced by Monday, November 24, 2014.                    

Applying is easy! See our website for instructions on how to apply, and for more information.            


The Politics of Disease Undergraduate Study Group, October 30

An Undergraduate Study Group led by

Muhamed H. Almaliky, MD MPH, Associate Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; Physician, University of Pennsylvania.    

This study group will meet monthly to explore the local, national, and international political underpinnings of health and disease through case studies. Each session includes a presentation of a clinical case followed by discussion focusing on the political tracking and policy analyses of disease development pertinent to the case. Topic experts may be present to complement discussions.

First Session: 6:00 – 800 p.m. Thursday, 30 October 2014

Food and drinks will be provided.

CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Room K262

Harvard undergraduates interested in participating should RSVP by October 25 to: akortenahabedian@college.harvard.edu


Spring internshps with Senator Markey


Civically-minded undergraduate students are sought for Spring internships in Senator Ed Markey’s Boston Office. This internship offers students a unique chance to learn first-hand about constituent services and the relationship between the legislative process and individuals in Massachusetts. The position is part-time and unpaid.

Intern responsibilities include:

-Answering phone calls and directing visitors

-Handling intake of new constituent casework issues

-Contacting federal agencies on behalf of constituents and relaying responses

-Completing research projects

-Assisting staff with administrative and organizational tasks as they arise


Applicants should be self-motivated and possess the following qualifications

-Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

-An interest in public service, policy and current events

-Strong writing ability

-Attention to detail and problem solving capacity

In order to maximize the intern’s experience and assist the office most efficiently, applicants should be available to work at least 15 hours per week for the length of the semester. Interested students may send their resume along with a cover letter to Ellen Morrissey (ellen_morrissey@markey.senate.gov) by December 1, 2014, although applications may be considered after that deadline if space allows. All students must attend one group orientation session which will be scheduled no later than the last week of January.


Introducing the Schwarzman Scholars program--Information meeting 11/3/2014

Dear Students and Colleagues:  On Monday, November 3, Rob Garris, Director of Global Admissions for Schwarzman Scholars, will be on campus to meet with Harvard students interested in this novel, new academic initiative.  The meeting is scheduled for 5:00pm in Harvard Hall 102.

Schwarzman Scholars is fashioned to some degree on the Rhodes Scholarship, with a mission to identify the next generation of top young leaders and intellectual innovators who recognize the impact and importance of China’s global role in a rapidly evolving political, economical, and social landscape.

Selected scholars will participate in a one-year master’s degree program in one of three academic areas (public policy, economics and business, and international studies) at Tsinghua University, one of China’s premier educational institutions.  The program includes a high degree of community engagement, and opportunities to meet with world-renowned academics, business leaders, politicians, and cultural figures, on the beautiful Schwarzman College campus.  In addition, an intensive Chinese language study scheme will precede the academic program during the summer before enrollment. The Scholarship includes all tuition and fees, travel expenses, and a generous stipend to each participant.

Schwarzman Scholar applicants may come from any academic background.  There are no restrictions on citizenship, and the age limit is 28 at the time the program begins (for the first cohort, June 30, 2016).

This first stage of promotion is designed to get the word out about this unique and pathbreaking opportunity.  The first cycle begins with the availability of the application in April 2015, with an October 1, 2015 deadline for participation beginning the summer of 2016.

Juniors and seniors are especially encouraged to attend this information seminar, and all students are welcome.

More information may be found on the Schwarzman Scholar website, http://schwarzmanscholars.org


WULR Publication Opportunity

Attention undergraduate students! The Washington Undergraduate Law Review (WULR) at the University of Washington is looking for Winter Quarter 2015 submissions!

WULR is an academic legal journal at the University of Washington that publishes law-related essays, research papers, and other written work by undergraduates. The Law Review is an organization entirely operated by students at the University of Washington.  

Submission to WULR is open to all majors. We value papers on a variety of legal topics, and students are encouraged to submit undergraduate theses or other academic papers 12 pages or longer. Submissions will be selected for publication by WULR’s Executive Editors based upon quality of writing, research, and analysis.  All submissions accepted for publication may be edited for length and clarity.

Email articles as a Microsoft Word file (.doc or .docx) in double-spaced, 12 point type. Articles should include a cover page with the following information:

1.    Full name

2.    Contact information (email, phone)

3.    Article title

4.    Complete abstract

5.    Brief biography

6.    College / university

All submissions for the autumn quarter issue of the Washington Undergraduate Law Review are due by Wednesday, December 17. Please submit to wulr@uw.edu.

Please consult our website for more information about submission requirements:http://students.washington.edu/wulr.

*WULR is now also accepting shorter pieces for potential publication online, or in a publication of shorter works. For more information, or to submit shorter papers, please contact wulr@uw.edu.


Reminder for START Spring Application Deadline on November 9th

We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2015 Internship Program, however the deadline is fast approaching on November 9th. Therefore, we were hoping that you might be able to assist us in reaching out to your interested students as another reminder of our opportunities this spring.

We are looking for interns with a wide array of skills and majors  (including but not limited to: Criminology, Communications, Government, International Relations, Public Policy, History, GIS, Geography, Economics, English, Mathematics, Psychology, Languages and Statistics). Students from any institution may apply and we will consider current and recently graduated undergraduates and graduates as well. In addition to the experience gained during their internship, interns will also receive mentoring, training and are able to participate in a calendar of professional development activities. START is also willing to work with academic institutions to enable students to undertake our internships for credit. Our internships are unpaid and students must be able to undertake their work hours at START at the University of Maryland College Park, unless stated in the internship description.

Please visit our website for more information and to access the application form: http://www.start.umd.edu/careers/internships


Attend this event Nov 3rd to learn more about the health crisis in North Korea

Contact Esther Lim at esthersunglim@gmail.com and find out how students can participate in activism and fundraising activities


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