Summer High-Impact Practice Program (SHIPP)

 

The Lighthouse is pleased to announce a new program for Virginia Wesleyan Students: Summer High-Impact Practice Program or SHIPP.

SHIPP is a competitive program that offers grants and academic support to Virginia Wesleyan students to undertake credit-bearing internship, research, or study away experiences during the summer.

SHIPP Benefits:

  • Reduced tuition
  • Internship grants up to $1,000
  • Research grants up to $1,000
  • Study away grants up to $2,000
  • Individualized faculty mentoring

In summer 2017, Virginia Wesleyan sponsored a pilot SHIPP for study away and undergraduate research. The following students were awarded SHIPP grants for their independent projects:

  • Amanda Albert ‘18 (Biology). “Expression of AGPs During Spermatogenesis in the Model Moss Physcomitrella Patens.” Research Mentor: Prof. Eric Johnson.
  • Destini Garrison ‘18 (Biology). “AGP Expression during Spermatogenesis in the Model moss Physcomitrella.” Ms. Garrison also received a Summer Undergraduate Research Science Fellowship from the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges for her project. Research Mentor: Prof. Eric Johnson.
  • Abigail Horgan ‘19 (Psychology). “The Examination of Eyewitness Accounts on Sexual Assault.” Research Mentor: Prof. Taryn Myers.
  • Caleb Mercer ‘19 (History and Religious Studies). “Complications with Interpreting Scripture: The Bible, Romans 1, and Human Sexuality.” Research Mentor: Prof. Craig Wansink.
  • Kellen Phillips ‘18 (Biology). Study Abroad Internship at the Radwick Equine Centre in Sydney, Australia. Ms. Phillips also received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and an Experiential Learning Scholarship from the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges for her project.
  • Kristin Rempas ‘18 (International Studies). Study Abroad at the American College in Athens, Greece. Ms. Rempas also received an Experiential Learning Scholarship from the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges for her project.
  • Tremain Torre ‘19 (International Studies). Study Abroad at Oriel College at the University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.

SHIPP also sponsored a study away course in summer 2017. Students received grants to enroll in Environmental Studies 283: Seminar in Alaska: Sustainability with Profs. Larry Hultgren and Elizabeth Malcolm. Read about their experiences.

Applications for Summer 2018 SHIPP will be due during the Spring 2018 semester.

Applicants:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Have no academic violations
  • Demonstrate continued enrollment at Virginia Wesleyan University in fall 2018
  • Submit at least one letter of recommendation from a full-time Virginia Wesleyan faculty member
  • Submit a Pathway to See Change essay (uploaded to the application)
  • Submit an official Virginia Wesleyan academic transcript (requested through Virginia Wesleyan’s Office of the Registrar)