Student Timeline

Gipson Fellows Student Timeline

Freshman Year 

In the first year, which is largely one of discovery, a Gipson Fellow:

Works closely with the Gipson Fellows Program Director--who serves as the Fellow’s Academic Advisor--to chart academic plans and course selections, find ways to develop leadership abilities and contribute meaningfully to the community, and discuss any aspect of college life;

Meets regularly with an experienced Gipson Fellow Student Mentor and a small group of other high-achieving, experienced students who share the Fellow’s interests;

Participates in a fall semester Gipson Fellows Seminar—an intimate seminar featuring rigorous analysis and dialogue, intended to prepare Fellows to be academic leaders (this course substitutes for the First Year Seminar required of other College of Idaho students);

Talks individually with the Director of The College of Idaho’s Center for Experiential Learning (CEL), an office that assists students in gaining professional experience and connecting with distinguished College of Idaho alumni;

Begins to create The Gipson Portfolio.

Attends The Gipson Fellows Colloquium.

Sophomore Year

In the sophomore year, a Gipson Fellow:

Selects, at the time of his/her choosing, a Gipson Program interest group, becoming one of the following: an Arts & Humanities Fellow, a Business Fellow, an Information Technology Fellow, an International Studies Fellow, a Math & Science Fellow, a Social Science Fellow, or an Interdisciplinary Fellow;

Works with the Gipson Fellows Program Director to apply for a faculty-mentored experience (creative work, research, business-leadership, information technology, community outreach, etc.) related to his/her chosen area of study;

Is eligible to apply to The Gipson Fellows Fund;

Is encouraged to present work at The College of Idaho’s Student Research Conference;

Attends The Gipson Fellows Colloquium;

May choose to be a Gipson Fellow Student Mentor; and

With support from the Gipson Fellows Program Director, continues to build The Gipson Portfolio.

Junior Year 

In the junior year, a Gipson Fellow:

Attends The Gipson Fellows Colloquium;

Is eligible to apply to The Gipson Fellows Fund;

May choose to be a Gipson Fellow Student Mentor;

Is encouraged to present work at a national undergraduate research or creative conference; and

In consultation with the Gipson Fellows Program Director, selects national and international honors and fellowships to pursue, preparing The Gipson Portfolio accordingly.

Senior Year

In the senior year, a Gipson Fellow:

Attends The Gipson Fellows Colloquium;

In consultation with the Gipson Fellows Program Director, finalizes The Gipson Portfolio for inclusion with applications for graduate or professional school, international or honors fellowships, or other leadership/professional opportunities; and

Graduates from The College of Idaho as a Gipson Fellow.