Monthly Archives: March 2014

SCIO announces latest Oxford student prize winners

SCIO is delighted to announce the Scholars’ Semester in Oxford de Jager prize winners for fall 2013. These students showed exceptional academic performance in the following aspects of the programme

SCIO students often find their time on the Scholars’ Semester in Oxford (SSO) both intellectually challenging and highly rewarding. Some of the prize-winners told us how they found their semester in Oxford.

Coming to Oxford helped me understand where my own discipline fits in the larger academic landscape. As a political scientist, I enjoyed living in a house with people studying literature and philosophy because it helped me develop a more nuanced perspective on my own studies. I loved sitting in desks at libraries where scholars have read for hundreds of years and feeling like I was participating in some still unwinding story.
Kristabel Stark
I’ve always been a student who loved learning and was curious about nearly everything; in Oxford I had to work harder at learning than I have at any other point in my schooling.  However, the conversations and relationships with fellow students, tutors, and other scholars were worth the hard work.  SCIO inspired me to live a more academic life, regardless of whether I pursue graduate education in the future.
Abby Stocker
Oxford’s tutorial system has helped me learn to better articulate my thoughts and to better argue for my opinions. My tutors listened to and engaged with my ideas …  the genuineness of that conversation combined with their patience convinces me that it is worth it to continue to wrestle with whatever it is I am struggling to get across in my writing.
Aly Inouye
My time in Oxford was highly influential to both my academic and future career goals. Studying art history and [...]

Templeton awards SCIO major grant for Oxford seminars

We are pleased to announce that the Templeton Religion Trust has awarded SCIO a grant of about £1 million to carry out an enhanced set of summer seminars aimed at developing interdisciplinary skills among faculty in the disciplines of science and religion.

The seminars, to be held in Oxford in July 2015 and 2016, will provide a significant opportunity for 25 faculty from member institutions of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities across the globe. The project will also provide funding for enriched opportunities for students on the home campuses and a shortened seminar for the presidents of participating campuses. All together the project aims to contribute to the developing dialogue in campuses on this most important field which is at the centre of so much attention and do so in a way which will help these universities enhance their campus climate so as to have significant impact.

Alister McGrath will join as the academic director for the project, and will be joined by Drs Stan Rosenberg, Michael Burdett, and John Roche who will manage this exciting new project.

See the initial program brochure for more info. Application information will be posted in summer 2014 with faculty applications due in the autumn.