Blackwell Summer Scholars Program

Blackwell Summer Scholars Program is a six week program during Summer-2021 to remotely work alongside leading faculty in selected areas of statistics and/or mathematics based research. The program will be held from May 24 through July 2. Remote details will be forthcoming. Participants will give a presentation based on their research project at the end of the workshop. 

Participants will be awarded with the Blackwell Scholars scholarship that will provide two generous stipend payments paid out over the duration of the workshop.  

Areas of Research Topics

  • Statistical Theory
  • Applications of Statistics
  • Mathematical Theory
  • Applications of Mathematics

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Unofficial Academic Transcripts
  • Personal/Research Statement on interests in statistics and/or mathematics (400 words max)
    • 1. Describe the research areas that interest you and your post-baccalaureate goals
    • 2. Describe how your personal and cultural background and academic development influenced your educational and career plans for the future
  • 1 letter of academic recommendation (Provide name and contact of recommender in application system and recommender will receive a unique link via email to upload their letter directly to your application)

Application Details

  • Opens: Dec 1, 2020
  • Deadline: March 1, 2021
  • Notifications: March 15, 2021

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or non-U.S. citizens with DACA.
  • Be entering their juniors or senior year in college and not schedule to graduate before December 2021.
  • Have a minimum overall 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Have an interest in pursuing a graduate degree.
  • Have personal medical/health insurance coverage throughout the duration of the program.

Participant Benefits

  • $3,000 stipend
  • Research and graduate application mentorship by faculty and graduate students
  • Networking, professional development, and career counseling
  • Opportunity to present a research poster at Illinois Summer Research Symposium