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2021-2022 Leadership Development Scholars Program (LDSP)

The goal of the Leadership Development Scholars Program is to provide current graduate students with authentic experiences that will help build their leadership skills. The main focus of this opportunity is to have students develop a specific project that will contribute to the professional development of their peers.

These projects could be in the form of a workshop (by facilitating or organizing the workshop and identifying a speaker) on a transferable skill applicable for successful career transitions, developing online resources, organizing a panel discussion or forum on an area of leadership, arranging and leading peer-support mechanisms focused on teaching development, etc. Appropriate topics could be related to leadership or other professional and career development topics not already offered to the graduate and professional student population. The proposals should focus on a specific professional development need related to success in graduate school and beyond. This is an opportunity for students to take the lead on a project, implement it and assess its impact, and thus serve as an opportunity to develop leadership skills.

Selected LDSP Scholars for 2021-2022:

  • Elissavet Chartampila (BBSP) – Exploring Science and Addressing Misinformation
  • Gilbert Giri (BBSP) – Telling Your Story: Accidental Discoveries
  • Amanda Velez & Emily Bulik-Sullivan (BBSP) – Navigating academic training, careers, and life in the era of climate change
  • Anneliese Long (Anthropology) – Alternative Career Paths for PhD Students in Anthropology: Career Panel from Practicing Anthropologists

Applicants of funded proposals will:

  • Implement the proposed project and evaluate outcomes
  • Participate in a leadership workshop designed for this group of scholars (planned for January 2022)
  • Engage in on-going communications with other scholars and program director
  • Document reflections about their own leadership skills
  • Highlight this experience as developing transferable skills in job search

Previous Scholars and Project Descriptions