National Scholarships and Fellowships

Comprised of a broad spectrum of opportunities, "National Fellowships" have a few very specific things in common. First and foremost, they recognize excellence. Taken strictly at face value, they are marks of distinction that can help differentiate you from the equally high-achieving individual applying to the same job or graduate school. Taken in the particular, they are experiences that help to drive your ambitions to the next level: from public service to critical languages to graduate studies, national fellowships are vehicles for students to pursue remarkable opportunities. Our panel of scholarship and fellowship winners will discuss how these awards have helped hone their professional and academic interests, spark their intellectual creativity, and facilitate lifelong membership into scholar networks that span the globe. We will also discuss how to leverage the breadth of resources available to you at the University of Chicago to put your best foot forward towards "Scholarly Advancement!"

Roundtable Participants

Nichole Fazio, DPhil'17 (Oxon)

Director, College Center for Scholarly Advancement, University of Chicago

Ms. Fazio is the founding Director of the College Center for Scholarly Advancement (CCSA) -- the first center at the University of Chicago dedicated to supporting undergraduates in their research activities and applying to nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. Previous to her appointment at Chicago, she was the Director of the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She began her career in 2001 at the University of Washington as the Assistant Director for the Undergraduate Scholarship Office and Undergraduate Research Program. She is also the co-author of The Best Scholarships for the Best Students (Peterson's, 2010). She holds a doctorate in the History of Art from the University of Oxford, where she was a fellow at Trinity College. Her scholarly work focuses on 19th-century British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron and her visual treatment of the poetic sublime. (Table 85)

Kirk Lancaster, AB'18

Fourth-year student, University of Chicago

Mr. Lancaster is a fourth-year student in the College majoring in Chemistry and Law, Letters, and Society. On campus, he runs with the Cross Country and Track and Field Teams, works as a Student Fellow at the Paulson Institute, and does research with the Engel Group in the Department of Chemistry. He has spent extensive time in China, where he did research at ShanghaiTech University and studied at Tsinghua University on a David L. Boren Scholarship. This summer, he interned at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of Chemical and Biological Weapons Affairs. (Table 84)

Tyler Ross, AB'16, MA'17, Tsinghua University, Schwarzman College

Director's Financial Analyst, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Mr. Ross graduated from the College in 2016 with a degree in Economics and Public Policy. While at the College, he founded the Undergraduate Moot Court Team, participated in the Institute of Politics' Sargent Shriver Fellowship for Leadership in Public Service to help launch the Chicago Peace Corps, and contributed to the University community as an Assistant Resident Head (RA) in Hitchcock House. After graduating, he joined the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China where he concentrated on international studies and global affairs. Mr. Ross joined the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in October 2017 as a Director's Financial Analyst, where he works on strategy and policy efforts to assist consumers in the financial marketplace. He plans to attend law school in the fall of 2019. (Table 85)

Kevin Schwarzwald, AB'15, MA, '17, Yenching Academy, Peking University

Research Specialist, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC)

Mr. Schwarzald graduated from the College in 2015 with a degree in Physics and Public Policy, and was heavily involved in music performance, including in the Dirt Red Brass Band. He has a Master's in China Studies from Peking University's Yenching Academy, where he researched the effect of Chinese fiscal structures on urban expansion. After living in Beijing, he returned to Hyde Park and is currently a research specialist at EPIC and RDCEP analyzing climate model output, projected changes in climate variability, and the impact of climate variability on society. In his spare time, he co-runs an interdisciplinary meet-up group designed to connect young natural and social scientists researching climate and energy matters and blogs about urban policy (and still plays around town). (Table 84)