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Morven Summer Institute Scholarships

Website: http://www.virginia.edu/summer/morven.html

Deadline: 2014-04-23 (UVa Internal)

The Morven Summer Institute is an innovative summer program hosted on UVa's 3,000-acre Morven Farm, an emerging landscape for interdisciplinary learning at the University, located 20 minutes from UVA Grounds. At the Morven Summer Institute, undergraduate and graduate students with interests in sustainability, design, food systems, and ecology will have the opportunity to escape traditional confines of the classroom while working on projects with real-world applications. Students participating in the 2014 Summer Institute select one 3-credit course from either (or both) of the 10-day summer blocks (Block A: May 19-May 30 and Block B: June 2-June 13). In conjunction with time spent in the classroom at Morven, this interdisciplinary program features guest speakers, field trips, active group discussions, and hands-on projects to ignite creative collaboration among students and faculty. The Morven Summer Institute is a collaborative effort involving faculty from the School of Architecture and the College of Arts and Sciences; the Office of the Vice President for Research; and the Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs. Students from all years, departments, and outside Universities are welcome to join the Morven community for this unique program. The Morven Summer Institute announces that it will offer up to four partial scholarships for the summer of 2014. The Morven Summer Institute (MSI) serves to bring University students out to Morven Farm and into a “living laboratory”—a physical space where they can address questions of sustainability, ecology, and public health by conducting their own research, interacting with their environment, and making both local and global connections. Morven Farm is a 3,000 acre working farm owned by UVa located 15 minutes from Grounds. Through MSI, the farm becomes an extension of the Academical Village, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and enriching students’ education through experiential learning. In the past, students have selected from courses in architecture and social science, such as the Politics of Food and Farmers Market Research, and from environmental science classes in agro-ecology and foodand nutrition. This year, the program is widening its scope, offering not only the Food Politics and Agro-Ecology courses, but also courses in Sustainability and Human Need and Global Health. Students in these classes conduct experiments in the kitchen garden to test the effects of natural pesticides and gardening techniques, and compare land use and production.

Eligibility

Students from all years, departments, and outside Universities are welcome to join the Morven community for this unique program

Term

Summer 2014 (see exact dates on Morven Summer Institute website)

Support

Partial scholarship; email program assistant for more information; for more information contact Whitney Farmer: waf7r@virginia.edu or call 434-924-3540.

Application Process

Application and selection process: 1. Short essay (300-500 words): Why are you interested in taking a course at the Morven Summer Institute? How does MSI fit into your past and future coursework, past experience in food/agriculture/sustainability, and your post-graduation plans? 2. Please submit your essay, copies of your resume and transcript (from SIS), and three references by April 23 to Whitney Farmer, Morven Farm Programs Assistant, waf7r@eservices.virginia.edu. 3. Selection criteria: The MSI committee will select scholarship recipients on the basis of the essay, financial need, resume, transcript, and references and will notify recipients on May 2, 2014 by email.

Learn More

Please see the MSI webpage: http://www.virginia.edu/summer/morven.html. For questions concerning the Morven Summer Institute, please email the Morven Summer Institute Coordinator, Emily Sydnor, at es9re@virginia.edu.To speak with a member of the Morven Programs staff, contact Whitney Farmer: waf7r@virginia.edu or call 434-924-3540. Morven Farm is conveniently located 20 minutes from UVA Grounds, just down the road from Monticello. For a detailed map and directions, see here.