Student Applications Open for 2017 CSIS Program

EVT-CSISSoutheast Missouri State University is preparing to send 30 students to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) during Spring Break, March 12-17, 2017, to participate in a four-day seminar on international and domestic policy.

Along with some of the world’s leading experts as facilitators, students will have the opportunity to examine significant social, economic, environmental and governmental issues from a global perspective. Participants will also learn about government service opportunities in a “Washington, D.C., Career Panel” of young staff members from legislative and executive branch offices. Additionally, free time will allow for tours of Washington, D.C., attractions and government offices.

Students are encouraged to apply by Friday, Sept. 16, to the dean’s office of their respective colleges, the Dean of Students’ Office, regional campus directors or the director of the Honors College. Each student must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and a minimum of 60 hours at the start of the 2017 spring semester. In addition, students must be enrolled at Southeast through the fall semester of 2017. Applicants must also demonstrate leadership activities and/or academic excellence. For details about CSIS and a downloadable application form, visit http://www.semo.edu/csis/.

Soon after the Sept. 16 deadline, all applicants will be notified. Those who were not accepted in this first stage, along with those who are interested and missed the deadline, are encouraged to apply to the President’s Office in the second stage of the application process between Sept. 19-Oct. 7. During that time, the President’s Office will be make a number of “at-large” selections.

Although the total cost of the CSIS program, including transportation and lodging, is approximately $2,500 per participant, the cost to students will be defrayed by donors’ generous contributions (particularly Mrs. Betty Glenn, the Cape West Rotary, and the White Oak Cotton Gin Co.) and scholarships provided by the University president, provost, deans and relevant directors. Students will be responsible for a few meals and their personal incidentals while in Washington, D.C.

Students will be enrolled for credit in UI498 during Spring 2017 and will be responsible for the normal fees for that three-hour course. This blended course will have five face-to-face meetings during the semester. Additionally, a presentation at the 2017 Student Research Conference and full attendance at the Washington, D.C. – CSIS Seminar are requirements for this program.

Specific questions about the CSIS program can be directed to Dr. Willie Redmond, Dempster Hall Room 222 or wredmond@semo.edu.