Jan Cauffman Fellowship


With the generous support of a Whittier alum and his spouse, Whittier College has established the Jan Cauffman Fellowship, which will enable one undergraduate student in any major to work with a faculty mentor to develop and implement a new or redesigned course in the digital liberal arts.

Fellows will work on a project identified by a faculty mentor who is planning to incorporate digital pedagogies or technologies into one or more classes. Students who are interested in applying should work closely with a faculty mentor to develop the proposal and should seek guidance from the Digital Liberal Arts Program.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Sophomore or Junior standing
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Open to students of any major or academic program

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated academic ability.
  • Demonstrated relevant skills and experience.
  • The ability to conduct and complete the proposed project.
  • Applications will be evaluated by the advisor in consultation with the Digital Liberal Arts Steering Committee.
  • Semi-finalists may be interviewed by the Steering Committee.

Program Benefits

  • An award of $4,000.00 (pending an annual review of available funds) that can be used as a stipend, tuition scholarship, or a combination of both. This will be awarded the year in which the redesigned course is offered at Whittier College. 
  • The faculty mentor will also receive an award at the completion of the (re)designed course.

Applying to the Program

  • The application will be due the second Friday in March. A complete application consists of:
  • Unofficial academic transcripts
  • Current semester Academic Progress Report.
  • Student Contract with project mentor sign-off.
  • Signed Mentor Agreement
  • A resume which includes relevant skills and experience
  • A written recommendation letter from the faculty mentor for the project.
  • A reference contact from someone outside of the applicants major and project’s area of focus. This can be a Faculty member or when applicable to the project a personal reference (e.g., employer, internship supervisor, volunteer coordinator).
  • A 500-word essay explaining why you want this fellowship opportunity, how you will benefit from the fellowship both personally and professionally, and what personal qualities (skills, attributes, and/or abilities) you possess that will ensure a successful fellowship experience. 
  • An 800-word proposal identifying the specific course to be revised or invented and a description of the process, timeline, and goals of the project.
  • Selected semi-finalists may be interviewed.

Jan Cauffman Fellowship Advisor

Professor Andrea Rehn

Past Fellows

Isabella Mejos '20
Elvira de la Torre 2018/2019
Amy Trinh, 2017/18
Angela Hesch, 2017/18
Christina Ibarra, 2016/17
Sofia Duenas, 2015/16