The four Fellows programs on campus help students to build community and find their intellectual homes. Designed for students who share similar academic interests, these programs offer multiple hands-on experiences on top of course work. Students can take part in semester-long internships or research experiences and frequent opportunities to engage with leading scholars and industry leaders on and off campus. Several of the students we surveyed credited acceptance into one of the Fellows Programs as their reason for choosing DePauw. Here’s a quick rundown of what makes each Fellows program unique:
Blending a traditional liberal arts curriculum with real-world experiences in business and entrepreneurship, the Management Fellows Program also includes a full-time, semester-long, credit-bearing business internship. More than 700 Management Fellows have successfully completed internships in a wide variety of companies across the United States and around the world, gaining valuable experience in finance, consulting, sales and marketing, strategic planning, and investment banking. Graduates of the program have accepted positions after graduation with Accenture, BMO Harris Commercial Bank, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Cummins Inc., Deloitte & Touche, Eli Lilly and Company, Epic Systems Corporation, GE Oil & Gas, Golfstat, KA+A, Milhaus Development, Walker Information, WebLink International, and West Monroe Partners, among others. Current students are currently interning at BBDO, Eli Lilly, Guardian Life, Road2Argentina, and Ronald McDonald House Charities, among other business and non-profits.
Combining classes with hands-on experience, the Media Fellows Program trains students in the theory and practice of media. Media Fellows benefit from semester-long, off-campus media internships at sites such as The Today Show, The Colbert Report, the White House, USA Today, and C-SPAN; a robust speakers series that brings students face-to-face with professionals from premier media and governmental organizations; and resources like the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media, a living laboratory where students gain experience in radio and television production, newspaper and magazine publishing, and multimedia for the web. A current Media Fellow told us that the program “has allowed me to take this semester to do a full-time off campus internship for academic credit. It’s also given me access to speakers and networking opportunities that will become even more valuable as I approach graduation. Also, it’s great to be able to take a semester off campus and still graduate in four years. DePauw’s flexible course requirements make it easy to do so.” As for the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media, its resources include WGRE radio (the oldest originally 10-watt college FM radio station in the U.S.), The DePauw Newspaper (the oldest college newspaper in Indiana), D3TV Student Television studios, A Midwestern Review (a national literary magazine), The Cauldron monthly (a student magazine), as well as general video, audio and still photographic production, teleconferencing, word processing and large-scale audio-visual presentations.
An honors program for outstanding students interested in studying science and getting significant hands-on research experience as an undergraduate, Science Research Fellows begin learning and experiencing authentic scientific research in a wide variety of disciplines from their very first year. SRF students go on to major in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, biology, kinesiology, computer science, geosciences, mathematics, or psychology. They collaborate with DePauw faculty in summer-long, on-campus research, and they experience research internships at leading facilities across the globe. As for what the program directly entails: Preparation for thoughtful and productive scientific research begins with the fall semester course “Understanding Science” and continues with the spring semester course “Research Methods,” and while there are no SRF requirements during the summer following the first year, research opportunities do exist for interested students. In the summer following the second year, students join the lab of a science faculty member for a collaborative ten-week summer research experience. All students present their findings in a poster session at an open-university forum in mid-fall. Depending on the outcome of the research, students may have opportunities to present their research at regional, national and/or international conferences, or work with faculty members to publish results in a professional journal. In their third year, students complete an additional research experience, generally in the summer, but students may also choose a semester long internship for academic credit. This is followed by a capstone seminar in the fall of students’ senior year.
The Environmental Fellows Program is a four-year honors program for students who are interested in addressing the complex, interdisciplinary environmental challenges facing humanity today, and is designed to complement a student’s academic pursuit of any major that DePauw has to offer. During the first year, Environmental Fellows will participate in an environmentally focused first-year seminar. Fellows will also attend monthly luncheon discussions with faculty members, professionals, and their upperclassman colleagues. Sophomores will begin the process of fulfilling the summer-long or full semester field experience component of the program. This experiential learning opportunity could take the form of research with faculty, internships, or off campus study. As juniors, Environmental Fellows are expected to continue developing and exercising collaborative leadership skills by creating a junior leadership project. This will involve assuming responsibility for planning environmentally themed co-curricular events and activities to take place during the year. Finally, seniors will take part in a capstone seminar that will call on them to integrate all the aspects of their environmental education. Upon graduation, seniors will have completed six environmentally focused courses—three in the humanities and social sciences and three in the sciences. Plus, each semester, Environmental Fellows will have attended special lectures, luncheons, and seminars sponsored by the Environmental Fellows Program and other organizations on campus.