Barrett Student Scholarship Initiative
Contacts: Lincoln Professor Ted Humphrey,
and Lincoln Fellow Janet Burke,
Barrett Honors students are invited to attend advisory lunch meetings held monthly throughout the academic year. Lincoln Professors and Lincoln Fellows offer guidance, discussion, and assistance to Barrett students to help them compete for such prestigious scholarships as Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Fulbright and Truman. 42 students enrolled for 2012-13.
Barrett Issues and Ethics Seminars
(2012 to 2013 project in coordination with ASU's Barrett, the Honors College)
Purpose: Preparing future leaders to anticipate and respond effectively to the social and moral challenges associated with globalization and emerging technologies.
The Issues and Ethics seminar invites incoming freshmen of unusual promise to participate in a year-long for credit course that, first, acquaints them with a wide range of opportunities that focus on developing academic and service profiles that will position them to compete effectively for nationally competed scholarships and fellowships and, second, acquaint them with the moral and social challenges that are arising from a world experiencing rapid technological and political change.
Findings to date:
- Presentations by Lincoln Professors and Fellows, each of whom has expertise in one or more areas of applied ethics, have proven extraordinarily stimulating for both presenters and students, leading not only to expanded awareness of emerging social and moral challenges but also cross-fertilization of ideas and methodologies across disciplines.
- Originally conceived as a multi-year program, Issues and Ethics has proven most valuable in raising the aspirations of freshmen, and the organizers now focus on those first year students.
- Several participants have already submitted applications for fellowships and scholarships, and the presentations and exercises of the course have strengthened their initial filings to a high degree.
- During its first two years as a pilot program sponsored by the Lincoln Center, Issues and Ethics has shown itself sufficiently beneficial to participants that Barrett, the Honors College has committed to continue the program as part of its regular freshman curriculum.
- The organizers have not yet settled on a selection procedure that identifies those incoming students for whom the course is most suitable. We continue to refine our procedure for selecting incoming students to apply for participation.