Academic Study Trips Available

The academic rigor found in the classrooms of Claremont McKenna College is increasingly going on the road, with a number of academic study opportunities planned for the coming months. Whether in the form of international travel, networking trips, or fellowships here and abroad, CMCers continue to experience new and creative ways to subsidize coursework through off-campus activities and interactions.

A most recent addition to this menu is the development of next month’s Information Technology Advisory Board Silicon Valley Networking Trip. The Jan. 9-13 excursion, supervised by Chief Technology Officer Cynthia Humes and ITAB chairman Barton Evans Jr. ’70, is projected to occur annually during the last week of CMC’s winter break, and will afford 12 students a chance to explore the diversity of career opportunities within the realm of technology.

Also relatively new to academic study opportunities, and happening during the last weeks of CMC’s winter break as well, is the Financial Economic Institute’s annual New York City networking trip. This study trip was developed in 2004 to both foster relationships between alumni working in NYC and current students, and expose students to various job opportunities in the financial marketswith the overarching goal of placing them in summer internships and full-time job opportunities.

Academic travel opportunities continue to take on many forms at CMC. The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, for instance, was among the first to significantly broaden the scale of travel venues, in 2004 flying 16 students and three faculty to Europe to visit significant sites and contemporary Jewish communities, and meet with renowned scholars, historians, and Holocaust survivors. And while the benefits of taking in a performance of the Barber of Seville may not immediately read as academically advantageous, The Family of the Benjamin Z. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at CMC makes the salient point of encouraging cutting-edge student programming that is respectful of culture and art, whether through organizing an opera outing, visiting a museum, or scheduling topical seminars and speakers. Center officials have over time spread the gospel that regardless of a student’s major or future plans, humanities are an invaluable part of shaping both personal identity and social awareness, and contributing to critical thinking.

“If students want to become successful in business, the professions, and public policy, then they must be conversant in art, literature, history, philosophy, music, and film,” contends Jonathan Petropoulos, Center director and John V. Croul Professor of European History. “Studying the humanities provides vital equipment for a complex world.”

Says John Roth, the Edward J. Sexton Professor of Philosophy and director of the Holocaust Center, “The academic travel experience supplements and goes beyond what can be accomplished in the classroom. One approach neither replaces nor duplicates the other, but both have their important places, especially in higher-quality liberal arts colleges such as Claremont McKenna.”
Opportunities to participate in academic travel are numerous throughout the year. In addition to the aforementioned study trips, other research institutes and organizations on campus continue to sponsor trips both domestically and internationally, and offer independent project fellowships. The list includes:

Information Technology Advisory Board Silicon Valley Networking Trip, Jan. 9-13:

Students who have demonstrated an interest in either the computing technology field, or who have worked for the ITS department, have an opportunity to explore the diversity of career opportunities in the realm of technology through contact with CMC alumni, parents, and friends working in technology in the Silicon Valley. For more information, contact Chief Technology Officer Professor Cynthia Humes: 909-607-8713, or cynthia.humes@claremontmckenna.edu.

NYC Networking Financial Economics Institute:

FEI provides students exposure to various job opportunities in the financial markets. Study trip is projected to occur annually during the last week of CMC’s winter break, ensuring students do not miss class time. Individuals who have demonstrated an interest in either the Financial Economics Institute or the Robert A. Day 4 + 1 BA/MBA Program are eligible to attend. Students will be selected through an application process. For more information contact FEI: 909-607-0042, or FEI@claremontmckenna.edu.

Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights:

The Center, in conjunction with the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, will host an eight-day trip to Berlin, Germany on Tuesday, May 16 (the day after Commencement). The study trip will focus on the history of the Holocaust, but also explore themes relating to human rights. Students also will have the opportunity to study the history of the German capital and to engage in a range of cultural activities. Application forms will be circulated by e-mail and also will be made available on the Center’s Web site. Preference will be given to students who have a compelling academic project relating to either the Holocaust or to Berlin. Students are asked to pay a participation fee of $300, but all other expenses (including airfare) will be covered.

The Center also makes available AnneMerie Donoghue Human Rights Fellowships, providing student grants of up to $2,500 to support projects that allow undergraduates to investigate the field of human rights. The fellowships are intended to cover a wide range of activities including: working for organizations that promote human rights or raise awareness about related issues, undertaking research for a scholarly project (including senior theses), or developing an independent program in a relevant field. For more information, contact Professor Jonathan Petropoulos: 909-607-2775 or jonathan.petropoulos@claremontmckenna.edu.

The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies:

Keck International Summer Internships: Students may receive financial assistance to participate in international learning and work experience related to career plans through this program. Stipends ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 are provided to individuals who find an internship abroad or design their own. Applications are due to Career Services by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2006, and are available at: http://informs.mckenna.edu/digest/attachments/keck_application_internship_06.doc.

Field Research Programs: Undergraduates will have the opportunity this summer to travel to Berlin with professors Jonathan Petropoulos and John Roth (see study trip details listed under The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights), to Tokyo with Keck Center director C.J. Lee, or to Beijing with associate professor of history Arthur Rosenbaum. Students are welcome to apply for this chance to meet several prominent professionals abroad and be able to tour the foreign cities as well. Contact the Keck Center for more information: 909-621-8213.

The Family of the Benjamin Z. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies:

Among its scheduled activities, the Center will host three museum trips in spring: The Getty Villa in Malibu, the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, and the Hammer Museum in Westwood.

The Henry Kravis Leadership Institute:

Kravis Summer Research Fellowship: Rrequires 20 hours of work per week for the full summer. Institute director Ron Riggio and associate director Susan Murphy will guide students in an original research project. Students will be awarded a stipend of $3,000. Course work in research methods, and research experience is required.

Kravis Research Fellowship, The Community Outreach Internship, and Kravis-de-Roulet Internship: These internships all offer financial assistance to students for yearlong positions available that assist with the Kravis Mentoring Program and the coordination of the annual Kravis-de Roulet Leadership Conference. Stipends range from $2,000 to $2,500 and are open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors. For more information contact the Institute: 909-621-8743, or kravis.institute@claremontmckenna.edu.

Harvard World Model United Nations:

Many different CMC offices and institutes are funding 11 students to serve as CMC’s delegation from March 27-31, 2006 at the World Model UN conference in Beijing. Students have already been chosen through a highly selective application and interview process. Delegates for 2006 will include five seniors, two juniors, three sophomores and one freshman.

During the conference, 18 simulated committees of the United Nations and other international organizations will gather to debate current international issues. The experience helps to “reach across cultures and borders to inspire both cooperation and friendship.”

The Claremont International Relations Society organizes the trip with assistance from the Keck Center. To be involved next year, contact the CIRS office: 909-621-8213. For more information about the Harvard World Model UN visit: http://www.worldmun.org/2006.