FAQs for BOLD Applicants

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Does being selected as a BOLD Scholar affect my eligibility for other OUR awards?

You may not engage in your BOLD service leadership project and a SURF Award project or UConn Co-op Legacy Fellowship project or UConn IDEA Grant project concurrently. Support for project expenses through the BOLD Scholars program may impact your eligibility for OUR supply or travel award funding. Students considering applying to the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network and other OUR award programs should schedule an appointment with Liza Boritz to discuss their proposed project and individual circumstances.

I’m completing my degree requirements early or late compared to a standard 4-year bachelor’s degree timeline. Can I be a BOLD Scholar?

Yes. BOLD Scholars in the second selected cohort must plan to earn their bachelor’s degrees in May 2021 or August 2021. If your planned May or August 2021 graduation marks the end of an accelerated course of bachelor’s study (e.g., 3 years at UConn) or an extended course of bachelor’s study (e.g., 5 years at UConn), that is fine.

If I am selected as a BOLD Scholar, can I enroll in a summer course?

UConn offers a number of different summer sessions that vary in duration. We recommend that you pursue no more than 3 credits of coursework simultaneously with your service leadership project. You may elect to schedule your project weeks so as not to overlap with weeks when you will be completing summer coursework, or you may elect to adjust your time commitment to your fellowship project during those weeks. Coursework and other summer commitments will be discussed with BOLD Scholars on an individual basis as part of their project planning activities in the Spring Semester.

Questions about the Service/Leadership Project

What is a service/leadership project?

A central component of the BOLD Scholars’ experience is engagement in a service/leadership project in the summer between their junior and senior yeas. BOLD funding – for student stipend and project expenses – will allow Scholars to focus on their summer projects rather than pursuing summer employment. Each Scholar will secure a mentor or faculty advisor for their project, which represents an opportunity to focus on creativity, innovation, original research, and service. The project should be personally meaningful, relevant, and engaging to the Scholar. While the project need not be tied to the Scholar’s major(s) or minor(s), it should be guided by the Scholar’s goals and future plans, with a focus on leadership or service experience. The following examples are intended to be illustrative of the types of projects BOLD Scholars might pursue:

  • A study about food insecurity among members of a given community and work to develop a food pantry initiative that provides healthy food items in a dignified and inclusive space to those in need.
  • A qualitative study that will examine a specific cultural group’s educational experience, with attention to the influence of culture, identity, and assumptions, with the goal of improving upon the education system in a specific community.
  • A study of the forgotten female artists of a specific period of time with the creation of a show that explores creative female artists from this period to be displayed in one of the University museums to highlight female artists who still experience the same lack of exposure.
  • An examination of the experiences of former Middle Eastern refugee youth who have completed primary and/or secondary school in the U.S to identify factors that have led to inclusion and exclusion and how their different social identities have impacted resettlement.
  • An investigation of the correlations among gun violence rate, hate crime rate, and implicit bias. Statistical and spatiotemporal analysis will be employed to understand these relationships at the county level across the U.S.
  • A study of how poor maternal nutrition during pregnancy affects the expression of specific growth factors and growth factor binding proteins in the placenta and, ultimately, the growth of the fetus.
  • The development and launch of a new UConn program through which makers will design and prototype an assistive technology solution that addresses an individualized need in collaboration with a person with a disability.

At the time of application, prospective BOLD Scholars are asked to describe the service/leadership project they hope to pursue in Summer 2020. Specifically, each applicant must describe the question/issue/problem her project will address, the approach her project will take, and the project outcome(s) she foresees. BOLD Scholars will refine their project plans over the course of the junior year, in dialogue with their project mentors, fellow Scholars, and BOLD staff.

The project I’m imagining involves work abroad. Is this possible through the BOLD program?

Yes, this is possible. Please be aware that engaging in projects abroad will require additional preparation and planning, and that various university policies apply. Learn more about preparing for an international project here. You will be expected to plan your summer travel dates to allow for participation in BOLD programming and events.

Questions about the Application

What is the deadline for the application?

Completed applications must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on May 19, 2019.

My recommender is unable to submit his or her recommendation by the application deadline – does this hurt my chances of being selected as a BOLD Scholar?

Applicants are encouraged to discuss the deadline with their recommenders; should your recommender have questions or concerns, please encourage them to reach out to Liza Boritz (860) 486-4312, liza.boritz@uconn.edu) Please note that you can submit your online application even if your recommender has not yet submitted the recommendation; see the Quest Portal User Tips page for further detail on the application portal.

I have questions about the BOLD program and/or application; is there someone I can speak with?

If you have questions about BOLD or the application process, schedule an Office Hours appointment with BOLD Director Liza Boritz or contact her through email at liza.boritz@uconn.edu.