Student Grants

The Winston Center awards a limited number of ad hoc grants to undergraduate students for work related to the Center’s mission.

DEIB Grants

#BelongInCSOM

The Carroll School of Management is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. CSOM undergraduate students are invited to submit project proposals that promote inclusion and belonging in the Carroll School. Budgets up to $1,500 for initiatives ranging from six months to one year will be considered.

Read here for more details.

Proposals must be submitted by Monday, April 22, to winston.center@bc.edu. Applicants will be notified by Friday, May 10, 2024.

Travel Grants

Supplemental awards are available for travel to attend leadership or ethics conferences, perform research work, and complete other relevant endeavors. Service trips sponsored by Campus Ministry and Study Abroad Programs are not eligible. 
Seniors are eligible for activities completed by May 1.  

Travel grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis until allocated funds are exhausted.

For International Travel: Effective in the 2023-2024 academic year, the International Travel Policy outlines Boston College’s guidelines and requirements for international travel, which is designed to ensure members of the Boston College Community have the resources and support for safe and successful international travel, including guidelines on travel to high-risk destinations, as well as insurance requirements. As part of this policy, Boston College has launched a new travel registry overseen by the Office of Global Engagement. Additional details on the International Travel Registry can be found on the Global Engagement Gateway.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2023-2024 academic year.

2022 - 2023
 

UN Transforming Education Summit 2022 (New York, NY, USA)

I attended the two-day UN Transforming Education Summit 2022 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. I met world leaders, including the Ministers of Education of Portugal, Ecuador, Colombia, and El Salvador, Jayathma Wickramanayake (the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth), Jeffrey Sachs, and Gordon Brown, among several others. I had the opportunity to attend panels where leaders discussed various solutions to promote Sustainable Development Goal #4: ensure inclusive and equitable quality and education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. It was a wonderful experience to meet and connect with other young leaders with whom I discussed ideas to promote quality education in our communities. I also acquired new perspectives that will help me develop a project to improve the education system in Mexico.

 Emilia Acevedo Quezada '25

Crafting a Better World: Empowering Women Artisans (Jaipur, India)

We traveled to Jaipur, the capital of India's Rajasthan state, to explore the intersectionality of gender and caste. We are making a documentary that will recount the stories of women who, after receiving aid from the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation ("PDKF"), have persevered through poverty, low education accessibility, and domestic or workplace violence, among other issues predicated on systemic sexism. The PDKF's skill-building initiatives—which entail training in stitching, embroidery, heritage crafts, and soft toy making—aim to revive these women's sense of purpose and help them positively contribute to the national Indian economy through artisanship. Per a recent survey by the PDKF, the annual household income of women participating in these programs increased by over 42 percent, on average. Not only that, but when rising craftswomen start selling their handmade goods and earning their own money, they are imbued with newfound confidence, advocate for themselves more readily, and enjoy a better livelihood. Financial and social empowerment are thus closely intertwined, a central theme we intend to illustrate in our documentary.

Mercedes Hoyos '23, Neha Suneja '23, and Molly Binder '23

Ecuador Water Insecurity Projects and Documentary (Imbabura, Ecuador, South America)

This summer, I lived with the San Clemente Indigenous community on the Imbabura volcano in Ecuador. As this experience was a part of the BC Department of Engineering, my primary responsibilities were to create service projects tackling water insecurity in the community. Specifically, we focused on implementing rainwater collection methods and greywater recycling for crop irrigation during the yearly dry season. I also filmed a documentary about the water insecurity project and the history of the San Clemente Indigenous people.

Cyrus Rosen '25

Disaster Nursing Program (Lausanne, Switzerland)

I went to Lausanne, Switzerland, to learn about being a disaster-prepared nurse this summer. Through the program, I built relationships with students from various parts of the world (China, India, Switzerland, and Lebanon) and learned about their healthcare systems. This exposed me to how nurses influence the healthcare system and their power to make real change. Beyond the classroom, I fully immersed myself in the Swiss culture by traveling throughout Switzerland and learning about its history. This once-in-a-lifetime experience has led me to approach nursing more holistically and globally, facilitating my growth and allowing me to become a well-rounded person and future nurse.

Sierra Sinclair '24

Travel Grant Recipient Testimonials

Summer Stipends

Stipends are available during the summer for uncompensated part-time or full-time internships in local, state, or federal government, public interest groups, non-governmental organizations, advocacy work, direct service, research, and education. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

Applications will be accepted between March 18 and May 6, 2024.
Decisions will be sent by May 13.

For questions regarding the grant application process, please contact Monetta Edwards.

Summer 2023

Harvard Laboratory for Development Studies

This summer, I worked as a research assistant in Harvard’s Department of Psychology in the Lab for Developmental Studies. I worked under Dr. Elizabeth Spelke and a graduate mentor with whom I ran trials on a study about numeracy and language acquisition in children. My primary duties included recruiting participants, conducting trials and collecting quantitative data, coding and analyzing data, and aiding in new study designs. I also had the opportunity to present an academic poster with my findings from this study and participated in weekly journal clubs to learn the classic and current literature of the field. This internship also gave me the chance to network with Harvard professors and postdocs and engage in professional development panels. Throughout the summer, my excitement and passion for developmental psychology grew tremendously. This experience was formative for my child and maternal health research career path.

Chloe Don '24

Royall House and Slave Quarters Museum

This summer I spent my time at the Royall House and Slave Quarters, guiding tours, learning about museum work, and participating in the Reclaiming Our Hands program. On weekends I would guide public tours with a wide range of audiences. I also had the opportunity to provide private tours to groups like historical societies and even a Harvard architecture class. Outside of these, I learned about the technicalities behind museum work, managing museum collections, and restoring historical sites.  Finally, the most transformative part of my experience was participating in the Reclaiming Our Hands program with Stephen Hamilton and Kyera Singleton. This program intended to teach black youth from the Boston area about the different textile arts and crafts originating from various parts of Africa, which were taken to America during the slave trade. I participated in teaching these youth topics surrounding slavery, exploitation, and overall valuable skills that offered them a connection to their roots.

Hannah Edwards '26

Divisible (Film)

Over the summer, I served as the Social Media Manager and Copywriting Intern for Divisible—a documentary film about redlining. One of my primary responsibilities was effectively creating and distributing related social media content across various platforms. To do so, I first had to research and deeply understand the origins of redlining and how it continues to impact millions of lives today. My knowledge of redlining and its ongoing and disproportionate effects grew, and I also developed valuable skills that will be fundamental to the rest of my career. With this experience, I have become incredibly passionate about this issue, and I plan to continue advocating for it by growing awareness through education on the topic. After seeing how our film resonated with individuals and communities alike, I am incredibly excited to see the future impact Divisible will make.

Audrey Frigon '24

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

This summer, I was a Preliminary Hearings Unit Intern with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. My primary duties included analyzing police data and arrest reports for inconsistencies, establishing a defendant’s background, and drafting and sending out appearance subpoenas to the lead officer or detective on a given case. Additionally, I was selected by my supervisor to assist the prosecutor’s office in a remanded first-degree murder jury trial. I spent weeks preparing for this trial, producing evidence exhibits, analyzing the jury during the voir dire process, and advising the first-chair attorney to strike from the jury box and read into the original transcript of a deceased witness. This was my second summer with the State’s Attorney’s Office, and my heightened responsibilities helped to develop my understanding of the multi-faceted litigation side of the criminal justice system. I am grateful for this experience and the opportunity to understand the unique relationship between every crime, defendant, and victim presented.

Annabel Halloran '25

Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck Super Fab Lab

I spent my summer interning at the Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck Super Fab Lab in Thimphu, Bhutan. Founded in June of 2022, the JNWSFL makerspace was created to meet the community’s digital design and fabrication needs. My job was to assist in the operation of the FAB23 conference, which brings together hundreds of designers, engineers, and business professionals concerned with the future of makerspaces. I oversaw the laser cutting of over 700 name tags for attendees, screen-printed t-shirts and planned and operated the intern screen printing booth aimed at youth conference participants. I received insight into the behind-the-scenes work required for an event of this magnitude, led various initiatives amongst my intern team, and learned the detailed project management process. Finally, I received a firsthand look into the work being done by Bhutanese people at all levels to use makerspaces to solve the country’s pressing issues.

Margaret Hynes '25

US-Asia Institute

I interned at the US-Asia Institute in Capitol Hill this summer, working primarily with the institute’s Rule of Law (ROL) Exchange Program
between American and Chinese law students. As a program assistant for the ROL program, I researched hundreds of government officials, lawyers, diplomats, and other relevant professionals in the DC area. After curating a list of professionals, I organized meetings for the students to speak with these professionals directly at their respective offices. Once the law students arrived, we spent a month attending around five daily meetings with experts. We spoke about important topics like the
implementation of the Rule of Law, US-China relations, government structure in the US vis-à-vis China, and how to build an equitable judicial system. Outside this program, I planned receptions and cultural events, organized various Congressional 101 series, and composed the twice-weekly newsletter sent to over 3,000 congressional staffers.

Julia Lovas '25

The Borgen Project

This summer, I interned in the Political Affairs department of The Borgen Project—a non-profit entity that fights global poverty. As an intern under the direction of UK Senior Program Manager Kelly Hall, I created and implemented a fundraising campaign, corresponded with my local MP about changes in legislation, attended networking events, and worked to create awareness and support for the cause in various ways. Specifically, the legislation I worked to pass was the Official Development Assistance Act, which would increase the UK’s foreign spending. This position gave me first-hand experience in lobbying for a cause and the inner functions of a larger NGO. It also expanded my knowledge of foreign policy, humanitarian aid, and global poverty. In the future, I aim to work in the humanitarian field concerning law and politics.

Alice Moyle '24

Healthcare-NOW

This summer, I interned at Healthcare-NOW, a national non-profit organization in Boston that advocates for Medicare for All and healthcare reform. In my role, I worked on multiple projects that exposed me to various healthcare policy issues and expanded my knowledge of the inner workings of the U.S. healthcare system. My projects included editing and adding relevant information to the organization’s website, creating and editing scripts for short Medicare for All educational videos, and assisting with fundraising initiatives.  I also had the opportunity to research Medicare for All co-sponsorship trends within the House of Representatives. This internship enabled me to meet activist leaders in healthcare reform, learn about the inter-workings of a grassroots organization, and develop my soft and interpersonal skills in a workplace environment.

Noah Shabahang '24

Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

My summer was spent working as a Pediatric Epilepsy Research Intern at the Loddenkemper Lab with Boston Children’s Hospital, which investigates advanced pediatric seizure tracking and warning systems. In this role, I collected data by reviewing medical charts and records, optimized databases, and supported research coordinators by helping them enroll patients in research studies. I was also given the opportunity to shadow a pediatric neurologist during clinic visits as well as to present regularly in lab meetings, helping solve any issues we encountered during the week. Additionally, I participated in our journal club by creating a presentation about a relevant scientific journal article concerning a new type of multi-modal seizure tracking device. Through this experience, I learned in-depth about epilepsy, gained a greater understanding of how the clinical research process works, and improved my critical thinking and data analysis skills. I look forward to utilizing these skills on my journey towards becoming a physician.

Maiya Whalen '24

Summer Stipend Recipient Testimonials