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!

Panel Participants

Emily Gerdin, AB'14

Research Coordinator, University of Chicago

Ms. Gerdin graduated from the College in 2014 with a degree in psychology (with honors) and a minor in religious studies. In summer 2014, she completed the Critical language Scholarship, studying Arabic in Rabat, Morocco. Afterwards, she went on to complete a Fulbright U.S. Student Research Fellowship in Psychology at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. In fall 2015, she became a research coordinator in the psychology department at the University, managing two developmental psychology labs. She is now applying to graduate programs in psychology where she hopes to complete a Ph.D. in psychology with a concentration in developmental studies.

Matthew Jones, AB'11, MD'19, DPhil'14 (Oxon)

Medical Student, Pritzker School of Medicine

Mr. Jones graduated from the College in 2011 with a degree in biological sciences, with honors, and a minor in germanic studies. As an undergraduate, he was involved in research with the late Janet Rowley, was a Metcalf Fellow and a TA in biochemistry. Outside the lab, he was a keen runner and intramural athlete. As a Marshall Scholar and NIH-Oxford Scholar, he continued his studies at the University of Oxford and the National Institutes of Health, where he completed a DPhil in Oncology. At Oxford, he rowed in the New College 1st VIII and served as the vice president of the New College Middle Common Room. After defending his thesis, Mr. Jones did a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship at the NIH, investigating the roles of non-coding RNAs in cancer. Mr. Jones is currently a 2nd year medical student at the Pritzker School of Medicine.

Erin Simpson, AB'15

Director of Programs, Civic Hall Labs

Ms. Simpson is a civic technologist and the founding Director of Programs for nonprofit Civic Hall Labs. Ms. Simpson graduated from the College in 2015 with a degree in public policy. A 2014 Truman Scholar and 2017 Marshall Scholar, Ms. Simpson's career has focused on interrogating bias in technology and exploring its civic potential within a public policy context. She is furthering this work at the University of Oxford, pursuing MsCs in the social science of the internet ('17) and comparative social policy ('18). A proud Wisconsin native, Ms. Simpson worked previously at Microsoft, the White House, and the Neighborhood Housing Services. Her award-winning thesis on digital inequality investigated user experience in public computer centers. While in college, she was a proud member of Occam's Razor, Thompson House, TechTeam, the IOP's Student Civic Engagement Committee, and a Scav Judge. Find her @esmpsn.

Aliza Warwick, AB'14

Associate, Civic Consulting Alliance

Ms. Warwick graduated from the College in 2014 with a degree in international studies and a focus on China. In 2012, she was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship to study Mandarin in Shanghai, which sparked future study trips in Beijing. On campus, she led The Mark (the undergraduate marketing club) and worked as the program coordinator at the office of Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention. Upon graduating, she joined the nonprofit consulting firm Civic Consulting Alliance, where she helps local government officials on strategic initiatives to improve education and criminal justice in Chicago.