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How do I make an appointment with the Director of Scholar Development (DSD)?

University of Iowa undergraduates who wish to schedule a Scholar Development conference in preparation for an internal scholarship or national fellowship process can do so at https://uihpfellowships.youcanbook.me/

Please note:  It is not unusual for my schedule to be booked out for a week or more, so please plan accordingly. YouCanBook.me will take you to the list of my next available appointment times.

Response times during application seasons: In the months of January, February, March, September, and October, I am often in student conferences or committee meetings for more than six hours of the workday.  During these windows, please allow for two to three work days for a response to inquiries and requests. 

In an emergency: If you have an emergent need or a time-sensitive question, I ask that you drop by Room 431 in the BHC or call my office at 319-335-1874 to let me know more about what is happening. Email is not an effective medium if you have a question or concern which must be addressed immediately.

What should I do to prepare for my conversation with the DSD?:

Students are expected to:

conduct a preliminary scholarship and fellowships search before their scheduled appointment to familiarize themselves with the range of opportunities available.  This will allow for a much more productive planning conversation.  For guidance on how to get started with this step, visit the "Conducting your search" section of our website.

update and share a resume or CV with the DSD at kelly-thornburg@uiowa.edu at least 24 hours prior to ytheir scheduled conference.

consider their motivations.  Students often expect their initial conference to primarily focus on eligibility and application administration.  Applying for a fellowship - or any genuinely rewarding opportunity - requires reflection and honesty, so prospective applicants should be prepared to for some conversation about what is fueling their interest in fellowships, as well as their chosen discipline(s), current organizational and community relationships, and ideas about what they are open to doing after graduation.

Spring 2017 Walk-in Hours:

Due to increasing demand for individual appointments and the underutilization of drop-in availability, I will not be holding formal office hours in Spring 2017.  Instead, I invite students to make use of the extensive resources available on our website to refine their questions and build a list of opportunities they are most interested in exploring with me in conversation. At that point, I hope students will find it easier to schedule individual scholar development conferences via YouCanBook.me.