The Rand Scholar Award

Sidney A. RandWhat is it?

Named in honor of Sidney Anders Rand, sixth president of St. Olaf College and United States Ambassador to Norway, and supported by the generous gift of Mary Rand Taylor and Ronald Taylor, the Rand Scholar Award is designed to foster and support undergraduate research in the life and culture of Norway. The award, in the amount of $5000, is offered each year to the Saint Olaf student who presents the best proposal for a 300-level independent research course focusing on some aspect of Norwegian life.

Who is eligible, and what is involved?

Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors working in the natural sciences, mathematics, the arts, the social sciences, languages, and the humanities are encouraged to apply and propose topics reflecting their disciplinary interests. The Rand Scholar will be expected to carry out the proposed course of study during Semester and to make a public presentation of findings later in the academic year.

How can I apply?

Each proposal should include a narrative of approximately 1500 words describing the research envisioned, a statement of questions or hypotheses to be explored, a bibliography identifying key primary and secondary resources, and an identification of the format of the completed project. Each proposal should also be accompanied by a completed application for an independent research course and one letter of recommendation from the St. Olaf faculty member who has agreed to supervise the proposed course. A second letter of recommendation from another member of the St. Olaf faculty is also required.

What is the deadline for application, and how do I submit it?

Applications must be submitted on paper to Margaret O’Leary, Professor of Norwegian, King Olav V Chair of Scandinavian-American Studies and Associate Dean of Humanities, by

Tuesday, April 11, 2018.

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