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  • James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

    The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers 12-14 fellowship awards through the prestigious and highly selective James C. Gaither Junior Fellowship program to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Selected students will work as research assistants to Carnegie’s senior scholars. The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs.

    To receive the application guidelines that included detailed information about this year's competition, including (a) the list of the specific programs at the Carnegie Endowment that will accept Junior Fellows, (b) this year's essay prompts, and (c) special qualifications required for each of the programs, please contact the nominating officer, Dr. Oliver Dinius.

    The internal UM deadline for applications is Friday, November 30. Materials should be submitted in PDF format and sent to the nominating officer, Dr. Oliver Dinius.

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  • Alumni Talks: Connecting Croft Alumni and Students

    The Alumni Talks will be done via Croft’s video conferencing system, providing students and alumni the opportunity to connect despite the division of location. The purpose of these talks is for alumni and students to engage in professional discussion with Croft providing the outlet for this to take place.

    The Alumni Talks will kick off with a Croft graduate of 2013 who is a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the Baltimore Division. For interested students, all of the talks will be held in the Gerald Abdalla Board Room (Croft 305) at 3:00 pm. All who are unable to attend but would like to remotely view the session can use this link—https://call.lifesizecloud.com/174353. You may either download the Lifesize app or go directly to the link in a Chrome browser.

    Alumni Talks Schedule:

    Croft 2013 Graduate
    Friday, November 2nd at 3:00 pm 
    Position: Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Division

    Kendra Wright, Class of 2014
    Friday, November 9th at 3:00 pm
    Position: Senior Consultant within the Healthcare Practice at Cognizant Consulting

    Alex (Jones) Morgan, Class of 2014
    Friday, November 16th at 3:00 pm
    Position: Management Fellow at the City of San Antonio

  • Research Assistants Needed for a Language Study

    Qualifications Needed:

    • Be a graduate, 4th or 3rd year undergraduate student at the department of Modern Languages, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology or Education.
    • Be responsible and dependable. Gender and age are not important.
    • Born in or moved to the State of Mississippi or adjacent Southern State at a young age.
    • Can invest at least 6 hours per week (weekday mornings).
      *Research assistants will undergo extensive training on how to use specific software needed for the project.

    Incentives:

    • Receive an hourly salary for their services.
    • Gain invaluable knowledge through research training.
    • Gain invaluable research experiences through data collection and data analysis.
    • Work with children (with both typical and atypical language development).
    • Work for a very prestigious European Grant and University of Cambridge, one of the best universities in the world.
    • Be part of a research team and research lab.

    For more information, please contact Dr. Christinana Christodoulou at cchris26@olemiss.edu.

  • 2019 MYSummit

    ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and HRC (Human Rights Campaign) are partnering with Teen Health Mississippi to organize the 2019 MYSummit. MYSummit encourages young people to become effective advocates in their state. The summit consists of workshops over the course of 3 days (January 19-21, 2019) to train participants in advocacy work and campaign building. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with partner and guest organizations.

    Attendees have the opportunity to apply for the Spark Fellowship, which will fund 2 projects that plan to address challenges and impact you. Both applications--that to attend the summit and the Spark Fellowship--are open until November 19th to anyone 15-24 years old who has an interest in advocating for Mississippi youth.

    Both applications can be found below:

    If you would like to know more about the 2019 MYSummit or how to get involved, please feel free to contact Bree Starnes.

  • MA/MSc in International and World History: Columbia University and the London School of Economics

    The MA/MSc in International and World History presents an innovative two year program focusing on understanding what has shaped our world through research and analysis. The first year is spent in New York at Columbia University and the second year is spent in London at the London School of Economics. 

    Application Information
    First Deadline: January 11, 2019*
    Final Deadline: March 15, 2019
    Financial Aid and Fellowship opportunities are available
    *Priority deadline for funding applications

     For more information visit worldhistory.columbia.edu or 
    contact worldhistory@columbia.edu.

  • Two Croft Freshmen awarded prestigious Honors Scholarships

    Croft Freshmen, Samuel Starr and Hayden Williamson, were both awarded the Doris Raymond Honors Scholarship this fall. They are two of the 14 Freshmen Scholars in the University of Mississippi's Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College who received one of the university's most prestigious scholarships, totaling $434,000 in scholarships.

    Samuel Starr, who is focusing on Spanish, recently began his undergraduate degree in International Studies. From Troy, Illinois, Sam was an Illinois State Scholar and highly involved in Student Government, the National Honor Society, and Madison County Youth Board. Sam participated in Model United Nations as well and won several awards at the University of McKendree Model United Nations.

    Hayden Williamson, who is focusing on Spanish in Europe in  International Studies, is a from Ocean Springs High School. Hayden was president of the Ocean Springs Mayor's Youth Council, co-founder and secretary of the OSHA Debate Club, committee chair at the Mississippi Youth and Government's Youth Legislature and chief justice at the Model UN. A member of the 30+ ACT Club, Hayden was on the principal's list, in the National Honor Society, American Legion Auxiliary's Magnolia Girls State and Palazzo Youth Leadership Summit.

  • Gwenafaye McCormick Finished Year Long Abroad Experience in Japan

    In the fall of 2017 as most students prepped to return to Oxford, MS for their fall semester, Gwenafaye McCormick prepared for an academic year abroad in Tokyo, Japan. An international studies major, Gwenafaye begins her senior year now with a new perspective after her time at Waseda University, a private independent research university in Tokyo. 

    Interested in Japan and its culture for years before, Gwenafaye's time abroad provided her with the opportunity to experience of the everyday life. Before going abroad, Gwenafaye was selected as Inaugural Ira Wolf Scholar from the U.S. Japan Bridging Foundation encouraging her extended stay in Japan as well as allowing her to fully immerse herself in the unique, artistic, and complex culture of Japan.

    You can read more about Gwenafaye's abroad experiences in Japan here

Fellowships and Scholarships
November 30, 2018
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James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers 12-14 fellowship awards through the prestigious and highly selective James C. Gaither Junior Fellowship program to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Selected students will work as research assistants to Carnegie’s senior scholars. The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs.

From the Institute
October 31, 2018
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Alumni Talks: Connecting Croft Alumni and Students

The Alumni Talks will be done via Croft’s video conferencing system, providing students and alumni the opportunity to connect despite the division of location. The purpose of these talks is for alumni and students to engage in professional discussion with Croft providing the outlet for this to take place.

[read more]

From the Institute
October 29, 2018
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Research Assistants Needed for a Language Study

Qualifications Needed:

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From the Institute
October 22, 2018
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2019 MYSummit

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and HRC (Human Rights Campaign) are partnering with Teen Health Mississippi to organize the 2019 MYSummit. MYSummit encourages young people to become effective advocates in their state. The summit consists of workshops over the course of 3 days (January 19-21, 2019) to train participants in advocacy work and campaign building. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with partner and guest organizations.

[read more]

From the Institute
October 18, 2018
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MA/MSc in International and World History: Columbia University and the London School of Economics

The MA/MSc in International and World History presents an innovative two year program focusing on understanding what has shaped our world through research and analysis. The first year is spent in New York at Columbia University and the second year is spent in London at the London School of Economics. 

Students in the News
August 29, 2018
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Two Croft Freshmen awarded prestigious Honors Scholarships

Croft Freshmen, Samuel Starr and Hayden Williamson, were both awarded the Doris Raymond Honors Scholarship this fall. They are two of the 14 Freshmen Scholars in the University of Mississippi's Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College who received one of the university's most prestigious scholarships, totaling $434,000 in scholarships.

[read more]

Job Opportunities
August 27, 2018

Abt Associates seeks entry level Francophone for Analyst position

Croft alumnus, Joe Bateman, ’10, recently informed Croft that a friend of his, Katie Baczeweski who works at Abt Associates, is looking for interested people to apply for an entry level analyst position for the Francophone team for SHOPS Plus.

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Job Opportunities
August 14, 2018

Position available at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (MI)

JP Tyson, ’11, Croft alumnae, recently shared several available positions at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (MI) where she began working in January. MI is a center-right think tank that focuses primarily on economic issues. JP fundraises for the Adam Smith Society, a branch of MI. Being personally connected to that program, she thought these positions would be specifically interesting to Crofties who have graduated in the last few years.

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Students in the News
August 1, 2018
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Gwenafaye McCormick Finished Year Long Abroad Experience in Japan

In the fall of 2017 as most students prepped to return to Oxford, MS for their fall semester, Gwenafaye McCormick prepared for an academic year abroad in Tokyo, Japan. An international studies major, Gwenafaye begins her senior year now with a new perspective after her time at Waseda University, a private independent research university in Tokyo. 

[read more]

Students in the News
February 21, 2018

Croft Junior Named 2018 Barksdale Award Winner

Croft junior Gabrielle Schust was named a 2018 Barksdale Award Winner by the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.  Gabbi, who is focusing on Latin America, Spanish, and international governance and politics, is planning to travel to England this summer to interview women in religious orders who provided medical care to the poor in the 1960's and 1970's.  While studying abroad next year, she will interview women who do similar work in religious orders in Peru.  Rates of poverty, maternal and fetal mortality, and life expectancy in the Andes today are quite similar to those in England before the advent of the National Health Service, offering Gabbi a fascinating basis of comparison.  Barksdale Award Winners are given $5000 to support scholarly and creative endeavors.

Alumni News
November 10, 2017

Video of Fall 2017 Alumni Panel

Those who missed the Croft Alumni Panel on November 10 and those who want to see it again can watch the video on YouTube at https://youtu.be/09npXdEA9Io.