Navigate: Creating Success In Your Second Year

The University of Chicago offers a plethora of resources to help you navigate your second year and beyond. The number of places you can go to enhance your academic and co-curricular experience can be overwhelming, but the University of Chicago Library, College Programming Office (CPO), and College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF) has your back! Join us at Ida Noyes Hall on November 16th & 17th to learn more about how these offices can help you on your journey toward academic success at UChicago.

Friday, November 16th – Academic Opportunities Fair

  • Biological Sciences Research Fellowships and Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)
  • Becker Friedman Scholars Program and Kapani Internships
  • Beckman Research Scholars Program
  • Center for Leadership and Involvement
  • Chicago Studies
  • Clinton Global Initiative University
  • College Center for Research and Fellowships
  • College Core Writing Tutors
  • English Language Institute Programs
  • Global Health Research Fellows Program
  • Institute of Politics
  • Language Study Programs
  • Leadership Alliance
  • Mellon Mays Fellows Program
  • Neighborhood Schools Project
  • Pozen Center for Human Rights
  • Regenstein Libraries
  • Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge
  • Study Abroad
  • University Arts Engagement
  • And, many more...

Saturday, November 17th  Presentations & Workshops

Presentation Session Block # 1: 10:30 – 11:15 am

Crafting your curriculum vita (CV)
Learn more about the importance of a curriculum vita (CV) and how to effectively develop your undergraduate CV for use in securing research experiences, grants, fellowships, and eventually for use in graduate school applications. A CV is a comprehensive, biographical document which emphasizes your academic training, professional qualifications and significant activities, including research, service, leadership, international engagement, and honors/awards. Bring a working draft to the session, such as an existing resume, and a comprehensive list of the significant activities you have participated in since arriving at the University of Chicago. This session will provide a general overview of the CV, with samples; you are then encouraged to participate in the afternoon CV workshop where staff will be on hand to support your CV drafting efforts.

Getting to know your faculty (a.k.a. Making the Most of Office Hours)
To a second-year, many of the opportunities to apply for graduate school, nationally competitive fellowships, or other postgraduate experiences seem distant. While some deadlines crop up in your third year or beyond, the process of establishing yourself as competitive for national opportunities post-UChicago begins early in your academic career. Having trouble figuring out how to best connect to your professors? Not sure how to ask questions about class or research, or get to know them better? This is the event for you! Instructors can help you with coursework, research opportunities, letters of recommendation, and much more. This event will feature a panel of students and instructors who share their experiences from both sides of the desk to help you gain the confidence to make the most of office hours and build relationships with your faculty.

An introduction to undergraduate research at UChicago, with Student Panel
Discover why engaging in undergraduate research as a College student can benefit you and your future while learning how the College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF) can help you navigate undergraduate research experience at UChicago. You will hear from CCRF staff about the resources and support available to you followed by a panel of undergraduate researchers from various disciplines excited to share more about their own research experiences.

National Fellowships 101
In this session, you will learn more about what exactly we mean when we talk about "National Fellowships." This information session will outline how the College Center for Research and Fellowships is organized to support your ambition and interest in nationally competitive awards and opportunities. This session will provide you with the opportunity to identify your relevant strengths and passions, begin the brainstorming process, leverage discernment tools, select pertinent opportunities, and craft a reasonable timeline as you engage with the application process. Second year is the perfect time to begin thinking carefully about the remainder of your college career, if you hope to be successful in applying to major national fellowships.

Public Speaking: The practice of presenting yourself well
We all know that feeling: the clammy hands and the nerves. Public speaking, and more to the point, the presentation of yourself – the things you care about, the things you are learning about yourself and your discipline, the experiences you’ve had – is an art form. This session is designed to give you an early introduction to the pillars of good public speaking and some strategies to make your next class presentation, research conference talk, or interview something you can be proud of (even if the nerves persist). Lead by experts from UGrad Talk and the College Public Speaking program, we hope you’ll leave with a renewed sense of confidence in your own presentation skills. 


Presentation Session Block #2: 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Beyond the Bookstacks: Making the Most of the University of Chicago Library
The Library is much more than a study space or collections of books. Did you know that the UChicago Library offers hundreds of specialized research tools for different academic disciplines? Do you need assistance using GIS, finding data sets, or citing sources? Have you met the librarian for your major? Join us to improve your coursework and research by making the best use of all the Library has to offer.

Letters of Recommendation
As you think about applying for postgraduate fellowships or graduate school, take time to consider a crucial element of the process: Letters of Recommendation! An age-old anxiety producer, the process of asking for letters of recommendation can be unnerving. This information session provided by the College Center for Research and Fellowships will introduce the importance of building faculty relationships, provide advice, and suggest strategies to help you confidently request letters that affirm your potential for future success.

An Introduction to Undergraduate Research at UChicago, with Student Panel
Discover why engaging in undergraduate research as a College student can benefit you and your future while learning how the College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF) can help you navigate undergraduate research experience at UChicago. You will hear from CCRF staff about the resources and support available to you followed by a panel of undergraduate researchers from various disciplines excited to share more about their own research experiences.

Civic Engagement: Are you ambitious for others?
UChicago is committed to supporting College students in their civic engagement and public service efforts. In this session, you will learn more about the myriad of ways students get involved in civic engagement activities, turning their developing sense of purpose toward helping others and addressing broader public issues. Engaging with these activities in your second-year ensures that you have the opportunity to grow into them and extend your engagement across the entirety of your undergraduate experience. Leadership from the Office of Civic Engagement look forward to inspiring you to think about how you may contribute to your local, national and international communities.

College student survival skills: Time-management, health and wellness practices
UChicago can be a tough place to navigate at times. Learn how to best manage your time and stress and how to maximize effective learning skills that can assist in making you a more successful student.


Lunch & Keynote: 12:30  1:45 pm


Workshop Session Block #3: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

CV Workshop
Distinct from a resume used for securing an employment opportunity, your CV provides a more detailed accounting of the ways you’ve spent your time across your College career. The format of a CV (and its flexibility with length) also provides significant freedom to prioritize your undergraduate engagement and create a useful, comprehensive framework for your reader. Bring a working draft to the session and staff will spend time working with you to orient and organize your CV in a way that highlights and priorities your experiences at UChicago and beyond.

Writing Workshop
Usually less than one thousand words, and frequently left entirely to your discretion, Personal Statements or Grant Proposals (for UChicago opportunities like SITG and Dean’s Fund, nationally competitive fellowships and graduate school) are confounding, vague and absolutely crucial to the success of an application. In this session we will tackle the big picture questions related to the Personal Statement writing process and seek to provide practicable insight as you work on your drafts! Please bring drafts of your personal statements or grant proposals and we’ll workshop those together.

Your Major/Your time at UChicago and beyond
Sit in on this informative student panel facilitated by academic advisors to learn more about the ways in which your major shapes but does not limit your experiences at UChicago and beyond. Upper class students will share about their own experiences in their majors and how they have leveraged relevant resources and opportunities to give even greater dimension to their disciplinary engagement.

To register, please click here.