Graduates and loved ones brought The-Hawk-Will-Never-Die spirit to Saturday’s Commencement ceremonies despite near record-high temperatures.
It’s been a landmark year for Saint Joseph’s students, who took home a total of 12 fellowships this spring, including four Fulbright ETAs (plus two semifinalist nominations) and a record number of STEM awards — surpassing their peers at several Philadelphia universities.
It’s also the first time that two students were awarded Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships and DAAD-RISE summer fellowships in the same year, and the first time ever that a Saint Joseph’s student was recognized by the prestigious Udall Foundation with an honorable mention for her commitment to the environment.
“We had truly outstanding applicants and fellowship winners from multiple disciplines, making this a record-breaking year for SJU in terms of the number of students who won prestigious national and international fellowships. I look forward to working with next year’s class," says Mark Reynolds, Ph.D., director of the Office of Fellowships and associate professor of biochemistry and chemistry. Reynolds works closely with students to identify, advise and mentor them through the fellowships process.
With a number of study abroad opportunities and fellowship travel put on pause over the last couple years due to the pandemic, this year’s winners are excited to apply what they’ve learned on Hawk Hill out in the world.
The Barry M. Goldwater STEM Research Scholarship is awarded to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering. The DAAD-RISE summer STEM fellowship to Germany offers students the opportunity to complete a research internship at one of Germany’s top universities and research institutions.
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program places Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S.
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The Meddeas Language Assistant Program places recent college graduates in English as a New Language classrooms throughout the private school system in Spain. Graduates gain teaching experience, a full teaching ENL certification, and bolster their Spanish language skills.
The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions.
The purpose of the St. Andrews Fellowship is to foster cultural exchange between the U.S. and Scotland, while developing each individual student through their year at one of the four “ancient” Scottish universities.
The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers students the opportunity to work in France for seven months, where they will teach English to French students ranging from ages 8 to 18 years old. Applicants must be able to speak intermediate French.
The Udall Foundation recognizes students for their leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. This is the first time a Saint Joseph’s student has been recognized.
To apply for a scholarship, fellowship or grant, or to learn about award opportunities, visit Saint Joseph’s Fellowships Office.