Eckley Summer Scholars and Artists Endowment
Each year, five fellowships will be awarded to meritorious students to work full-time
on campus over the summer as scholars and artists under the supervision of a faculty*
member. This program is funded through the generosity of past-President and Mrs. Robert
S. Eckley. Selected students will receive a $4,000 stipend and complimentary on-campus
housing. Faculty sponsors will receive an honorarium of $500. The selection committee
will be looking for the proposals that represent the breadth of scholarly and artistic
study at Illinois Wesleyan.
This program is designed to support the development of a student's scholarly or artistic
project through an extended and focused effort of academic mentoring. The proposed
project can be related to the faculty sponsor’s research agenda, but it should not
be limited to simply assisting with one of the sponsor’s own projects. Proposals for
projects evolving from course work must clearly articulate how the project is being
developed beyond the restrictions of the course agenda.
This project will deepen research and creative competencies and help students prepare
for pre-professional or graduate schools as well as future employment. For faculty,
this program provides an opportunity to work with talented students, providing professional
mentorship on topics of mutual scholarly or artistic interest.
To be considered for this program, students and faculty sponsors should submit the
following application materials. Students developing proposals should turn in their
part of the application to faculty advisors two weeks before the due date.
Students will write a 1-2 page letter of application that includes:
- A project title;
- An outline of their proposed project, including the goals of the project; the methodology
or technique that will guide their work and a timetable for completion; an explanation
of how the project is original and independent of classwork; and the role of the faculty
sponsor in assisting the applicant with their proposed project;
- A description of their previous work that has prepared them for this summer's project;
- A statement of why participation in this program would be of particular benefit to
their long-term academic or professional career plans;
- Proposals should be comprehensible to the non-specialist so as to allow reviewers
to assess the quality, significance, and feasibility of the project. Students are
encouraged to work with the Writing Center and faculty sponsors to improve the quality
of their proposal.
Faculty sponsors will write a letter of support that includes:
- A description of the student's qualifications to carry out the proposed project;
- A candid evaluation of the proposed project which should address the following:
- how the goals may be completed within the stated time frame,
- and the student’s capacity for completing independent work;
- An explanation of how the project is original, making clear how it is not simply assisting
with one of the sponsor’s own projects;
- A description of the nature and frequency of the contact the sponsor will have with
the applicant during the summer;.
Exemplary proposals show a clear engagement from both the student and faculty sponsor. All
proposals will be evaluated using criteria described on the new rubric.
Students in the program will be expected to:
- Treat the project as the primary focus of their summer scholarly and/or artistic experience;
- Submit a one to two page summary of their work to the Associate Provost by September
- Participate in bi-weekly conversations with other Eckley scholars during the summer.
A call will be issued in December of each year. All materials will be due to the Associate Provost's Office by the announced deadline, and will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Research Advisory Committee.
Awards will be announced shortly thereafter.
*Non tenure-track faculty members are eligible to serve as faculty sponsors for student
applicants, providing they are available to meet regularly with the student over the
summer and that a tenure-track faculty member in their field is available to substitute,
2020: Megan Baker ’21, Bhavin “Bobby” Koirala ’22, Yovana Milosevic ’21, Hannah Ogunnubi
’22, Xiaohan “Erin” Yuan ’22
2019: Leah Bieniak ’21, Adam Cady ’20, Julia Chen ’21, Henryken (Minzhao) Liu ’21, Kayley Rettberg ’20
2018: Brent Baughan '19, Abigail Kauerauf '19, Kate McHugh '21, Sanghyun Nam '20, Minji
2017: Liuting Chen '18, Jamie Kreppein '18, Rebekah Nulty '19, Mansi Patel '18, Ashley Sons
2016: Martha Aguirre '17, Boryana Borisova '17, Paige Buschman '17, Shannon Maloney '18,
Zach Silver '18
2015: Stephanie AuBuchon ’16, David Allen Flowers ’16, Michelle Riechers ’16, Ryan Schonert
’16, Wenting Zhao ’18
2014: Natalie Hoijer ’15, Mike Kistner ’15, Niccole Nelson ’16 , Thomas Simmons ’15 and
Kiri Stauch ’16
2013: Maggie Zhou ’14, Timothy Mueller ’14, Sarah Menke ’15, Molly Guenette ’14 and Ryan
2012: Sarah Takushi '13, Dustin Springer '13, Rachel Branson '14, Justyna Koscielniak '14 and Daniel