Available to qualified doctoral graduates, the Fellows in Residence program is a little bit like an unpaid internship at a big corporation: In return for research and assistance, participating fellows gain valuable experience and CV-boosting credentials.
“The Fellows in Residence is a volunteer-promoted role that provides opportunities to grow researchers, establish and generate research, promote opportunities for collaboration and explore the possibilities in growing acumen,” Luster explains.
Practically speaking, those opportunities include:
- Contributing to the University’s research periodical, Phoenix Scholar
- Participating in the planning committee for UOPX’s annual Research Summit
- Applying for research grants under the leadership of University faculty
- Producing academic blogs
There are more tacit advantages too, such as the fact that participants can add the program to their resumé.
“The Fellows in Residence was established to bridge the gap between the graduate and the emerging identity of the doctor. Often when students graduate, we may hear that the journey was epic, but then when it is completed, many may feel it is at least the end of the story for them. But it’s not and doesn’t have to be. In fact, the program helps them add to their CV!” Luster explains.
The Fellows in Residence program kicked off in 2020 with a handful of participants. Today, each of the University’s three research centers oversees its own cadre of fellows — and the success has been impressive.