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The Big Question Student Fellows

The Big Question Student Fellows are a team of highly motivated students who volunteer their time to lead discussions at various events during the academic year, including post-Convo conversations. They play an important supporting role for the Faculty Fellows as well as the directors and coordinator of Academic Citizenship in event publicity and student involvement, and serve as leaders for their fellow students to get the word out about the Big Question.

As this is a new program, the first group of Student Fellows will help shape the program for future semesters and years. Possible avenues of involvement include but are not limited to:

  • Help arrange Convocations with the Faculty Fellows (including publicity, planning and event publicity)
  • Lead post-Convo discussions to further engage students in the topic
  • Write short pieces on BQ topics for Veritas
  • Help the coordinator with advertising and other publicity activities for Big Question events, including development of materials for residence hall bulletin boards and dining hall table tents that provoke conversation among students
  • Lead “fireside chats” or other discussion-based events in the residence halls
  • Attend various training seminars to develop facilitation skills in order to serve as an example for other students in the applications of Academic Citizenship

This program is not only a great way to get involved with student life on campus, but also serves as an excellent resume-builder for leadership skills and community involvement. Interested applicants should email the coordinator for academic citizenship, Kathleen Herring at for more information. In your email please briefly describe why you are interested and what you feel you have to contribute to the team. Candidates will be selected by the directors prior to the start of spring semester. We want to hold an informal training session in early February; details will be distributed as they become available.