Special Academic Opportunities

Dean’s Seminars

The Dean’s Seminars provide Columbian College freshman students focused on intellectual challenge as they explore significant academic issues under the guidance of distinguished scholars and teachers. Students engage in directed critical inquiry, exploring the unique resources of the nation’s capital and the University. Students not only learn to evaluate the scholarship and traditions that have formed our world view, but also create their own scholarship of consequence. Learn more.

Dean's Scholars in Globalization

The Dean’s Scholars in Globalization program allows a select group of sophomores to examine an issue of global significance with international partners from other universities. The Dean’s Scholars in Globalization program operates under the belief that all inquiry must be globally sensitive: for example, economists must know the world context of financial markets and capital investment as much as biochemists must understand the transnational implications of genomics and proteomics. Learn more.

Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare

Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare offers a select group of first-year students a unique opportunity to explore the works of William Shakespeare in a global and multimedia context. The two-year, co-curricular interdisciplinary “living and learning” experience exposes students to specially-tailored  introductory seminars, guest artists and lecturers, film festivals, performances, and programs in Washington, D.C., London, and Stratford-upon-Avon. Learn more.

Folger Shakespeare Library

By handling 500-year-old books at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., students can discover how they were used and what they meant. Annotations on books, the ways in which they were bound and the collections of which they were a part provide a window onto early culture that cannot be found in facsimiles or modern editions. In this advanced research seminar, students will have the unique opportunity to learn about the history and sociology of early modern books through a hands-on exploration of the Folger Shakespeare Library's rare book archives. Readings will introduce students to current theories of book history, and archival exercises will relate that theory to actual books. The seminar will allow students to develop and advance their own research interests, and would be ideal for seniors interested in pursuing graduate studies in literature, history, or library science. Learn more.

George Gamow Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The George Gamow Undergraduate Research Fellowship program was established in 2002 to nurture the careers of promising young scholars by providing meaningful, mentored research experiences to undergraduates intending to pursue graduate study and to advance the research programs of GW faculty in the process. The fellowship is named for George Gamow, a distinguished theoretical nuclear physicist who served on GW's faculty from 1934 to 1956. Learn more.

 Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship program, established in 2003, encourage undergraduates to engage in independent research. Luther Rice Fellows are selected each year, based on students' proposals for projects supported by a faculty member, who serves as the fellow's mentor. Grants may be used for research-related expenses, housing, travel to conferences or research sites, or for other ways that support the exploration and discovery process. Learn more.

List of 2012-2013 Fellows

Presidential Scholars in the Arts

Presidential Scholars in the Arts combine a broad theoretical and intellectual exposure to the arts with performance or expression of the art forms. Artistry and creativity in the studio or on the stage are blended with the academic achievement and intellectual rigor for which GW is noted. The Departments of Fine Arts and Art History, Theatre and Dance and Music award scholarships each year to entering freshmen who have shown promise in aspects of the performing or fine arts. These include ceramics, design, drawing, interior design, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, visual communication, music, theater, technical theater, directing, dance and choreography. Learn more.

Summer Academic English Program

The Summer Academic English Program (SAE) provides a unique learning and cultural opportunity for international students prior to beginning their fall semester of classes at The George Washington University. Participants get a head start on academic success while getting to know the University, Washington, D.C., and the nuances of life in America. All students take a course in academic writing, EAP 015 (English for Academic Purposes), and can choose from classes in a range of fields, such as economics, psychology, and mathematics. Upon completion of the program, students begin their learning career at GW with seven academic credits leading toward graduation. 

The Healing Power of Art

The Art Therapy Program boasts modern new studio spaces, a counseling center for hands-on immersion in therapeutic techniques, and an expanded 61-credit curriculum to facilitate professional licensure upon graduation.

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