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Steven J. Schochet Endowment
The Steven J. Schochet Endowment is no longer accepting applications for the Schochet Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Queer, Trans and Sexuality Studies. The application is open to all University of Minnesota doctoral candidates who have reached candidacy by the end of Spring 2017.
Applications due: February 3, 2017. Full details and application criteria HERE.
Applications are now open for the Spring 2017 Schochet Undergraduate Fellowship Program. This new program is open to all University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) undergraduates who will be enrolled in Spring 2017. Fellows will receive $400 to conduct a 7-week research project related to GLBT issues under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Fellows will meet as a cohort to develop research, writing and presentation skills and build peer support.
Applications due: February 13, 2017. Full details and criteria HERE.
LGBTQ Graduate Peer Mentor Program
The LGBTQ Graduate Peer Mentor Program is designed to pair LGBTQ graduate students in a mentorship relationship, to share information about navigating the University of Minnesota and the Twin Cities broadly as a LGBTQ graduate student. To sign up to be a mentor or mentee, click HERE.
The Steven J. Schochet Endowment provides funding to support academic initiatives in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota. Named for U of M alumnus Steven J. Schochet, the Endowment hosts lectures and symposia, highlighting important work being done in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota and beyond.
The Schochet Endowment also directly supports research. We offer a full-year Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Queer, Trans and Sexuality Studies, for PhD candidates at the University of Minnesota. In Spring 2017, the Schochet Endowment will be piloting an undergraduate fellowship program, where undergraduate students receive mentorship for an original research project in GLBT studies.
About Steven J. Schochet:
Steven J. Schochet was a student at the University of Minnesota in the late 1950’s. As an openly gay man, he received harassment from students, faculty, and staff members. Steven was threatened with expulsion from the University due to his sexual orientation and, in order to continue his education, was required to begin psychotherapy in order to “turn him straight.” During his time here, Steven was not accepted nor affirmed by his campus community
After achieving success in the computer industry, Steven bestowed a generous endowment to the University of Minnesota's Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (formerly the GLBTA Programs Office) in 1996. He called this endowment a “gift of accountability.” By this Steven did not mean to reward the University, rather hold the University accountable for its actions. The goal of this endowment was and is to improve campus climate for all LGBTQ-identified students and to ensure that no future students at the University would ever receive the same, poor treatment that Steven received as a student here.
The Steven J. Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies and Campus Life is managed by the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life and is overseen by the seven members of the Schochet Board.