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