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Center for Urban and Regional Excellence

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The Center for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) at Indiana University Northwest engages the University and the community in the creation of positive, sustainable and impactful programs and initiatives.  CURE works collaboratively with organizations in all sectors to promote continued learning, solution-based interaction and mutually-beneficial partnerships in our communities.

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CURE is now accepting applications for the CURE Undergraduate Fellowship!

Application Deadline: Friday, November 17, 2017, 5:00pm CST

About the CURE Undergraduate Fellowship (Spring 2018):

The CURE Undergraduate Fellowship will provide selected individuals with opportunities for leadership development and meaningful engagement experiences that are of mutual benefit to the host organizations. During the 2018 Spring semester, the Undergraduate Fellows will develop their communication, critical thinking, negotiation/facilitation, and project implementation skills, with the help of CURE, with the goal of building mutually beneficial partnerships within their communities to improve the quality of life in Northwest Indiana.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Enrollment at IU Northwest as an undergraduate sophomore, junior or senior for the 2018 Spring semester.
  • Dedication to building stronger communities and to empowering citizens.
  • Interest in applying what they have learned to address issues of concern to business, government, and/or nonprofit organizations.
  • Commitment to engaging in partnerships in the community that benefit the student, university, and the community.

Fellow Responsibilities:

  • Attend all monthly meetings (held twice per month - specific dates will be determined by CURE in concert with the selected Fellows).
  • Present at a campus conversation (held in April - specific date will be determined by CURE in concert with the selected Fellows).
  • Collaborate with community partner on an engagement initiative for a total of 30 hours during the semester (approximately 2 hours/week)
  • Exercise good judgment and represent the program to the campus community.

Benefits of the Fellowship:

  • Deepen your commitment to and understanding of the community and university.
  • Strengthen your skills in communication of all forms.
  • Develop professional relationships in both the community and university.
  • Demonstrate real-world application of knowledge and skills to future employers.

To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following items as a single pdf by email to by Friday, November 17, 2017, 5:00pm CST with the subject line “CURE Undergraduate Fellowship.”

 1. Resume

 2. One reference, with accompanying contact information, meeting the following criteria:

  • 1 IU Northwest faculty or staff willing to speak about your character and potential contributions to the program.

3. Statement of purpose (limited to 2 pages), which addresses the following:

  • Why you are interested in this Fellowship.
  • How the Fellowship will build upon your academic and professional interests.
  • How you will utilize your past leadership experience to achieve the goals of the Fellowship.
  • Anything else we should know about you and your approach to community engagement.

Selected Candidates will be contacted for interviews during the last week of November.

Questions regarding the application process can be sent to or call 219-980-6843.



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(219) 980-6978

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Center for Urban and Regional Excellence
Indiana University Northwest
Library Conference Center, Room 203
3400 Broadway
Gary, Indiana 46408