The College Center for Scholarly Advancement (CCSA) impacts the academic experience of undergraduate members of the College, encouraging them to take every advantage afforded them as members of a top-tier academic institution. Their experiences on campus, in their community, and around the world expand their vision of themselves and of their potential to become citizens of the world. In collaboration with faculty, staff, and students, the CCSA aims to support a culture of undergraduate scholarship worthy of national recognition and in keeping with the University of Chicago’s commitment to rigorous and open inquiry. The CCSA seeks to encourage students to expect the best of themselves and promotes the value of serious inquiry into one’s chosen discipline and one’s self; pursuing undergraduate research and applying for nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships, and experiential learning opportunities is an integral part of living up to those expectations.
Undergraduates in the College are the principle priority of the CCSA. Every effort made is connected to the unique hopes, dreams, purpose and personal vision of the individual student. The CCSA recognizes the import of undergraduate research and the scholarship and graduate school application process as one that compels significant critical reflection, the clarification of ambitions, strategic planning, and building the requisite relationships with faculty, staff, and peers. The scholarship application process is valued not for its outcome but for the invaluable insight it can provide for each student as they engage with their university, local, national, and global communities. It is recognized as an imperative in scholarly development. Finally, the CCSA places great value on collaboration, recognizing the primacy of partnership in identifying and supporting undergraduates through the application processes for nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships, and experiential learning opportunities.
The Center for Scholarly Advancement (CCSA) provides information about undergraduate research, nationally competitive funding opportunities, post-graduate experiences and associated application processes through online and printed resources, information sessions, workshops and seminars, presentations, and individual, targeted advising. CCSA staff members provide general support to students by identifying relevant opportunities and assisting in strategically planning for those opportunities, closely mentor students through rigorous application processes, and facilitate campus endorsement procedures when relevant. Staff promotes nationally competitive application processes as a vehicle for significant scholarly development. The CCSA collaborates with faculty, staff, departments, programs, and units across the university to identify and support prospective undergraduates as they develop as scholars and potential candidates.
The College and the University of Chicago recognize the importance of the CCSA, its impact on the undergraduate experience, and its potential to contribute to the College and university’s national reputation. The CCSA is a unit of the Office of the Dean of Students within the College. Staff collaborate with all faculty, departments, programs and units across campus including, but not limited to: the College advising staff and senior level administrative staff, the Study Abroad Office, the College Center for Student Success, the College Programming Office, the Center Leadership and Involvement, the Institute of Politics, UChicago Grad Fellowships Office, and many others.