Goldwater Scholarship Info Session 

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship grants scholarships to undergraduates who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering (the full list of disciplines is available at the bottom of the Goldwater Scholarship’s eligibility guidelines). Both sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply, though in most cases juniors are most competitive. All applicants must be actively engaged in research in addition to their coursework to be considered for this scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarship does have a monetary component ($7500 in the senior year those those who apply as a junior or $7500 in the junior year and again in the senior year for those that receive the award as a sophomore). But even more importantly, winning the Goldwater serves as a marker of early academic promise that can help students secure future fellowships, admission to graduate school, and other important forms of recognition and access that will be an asset to building a career in research. 

The Office of Fellowships will hold an info session and Q&A about the Goldwater Scholarship on Thursday October 26 in Fisk Hall Room 201 at 4:30pm. Join us there to learn more! Freshman, sophomores, and juniors are welcome. (Come listen, even if you might apply in a future year, rather than right now!). Those interested in applying this year should complete the pre-application (available on the Goldwater Scholarship website) by November 1, 2022 (or earlier!). Reach out to with any questions.

End of Summer Considerations

Happy August, Class of 2025 – 

I hope you have enjoyed summer so far – in only a few weeks, classes will resume, and we will be back into the swing of the academic semester.  

In preparation for the start of the academic year, I want to remind you of a few resources:

  1. Reflection. If you haven’t had a chance to review the summer reflection I sent you, please be sure to check it out. You’ll benefit from this reflection prior to the start of your next semester. 
  1. Major Certification Form (on WesPortal). This form displays your progression through a declared credential. Though you won’t officially certify your major until the final semester of your senior year, you should use this form now to make sure you are on track to complete your major(s)/minors(s)/certificate(s). More details about this form can be found on the registrar’s website
  1. Credit Analysis (on WesPortal): This report allows you to monitor your progress towards meeting graduation requirements. Please review this guide to learn how to read the Credit Analysis Report.
  1. General Education Report (on WesPortal): This report displays the courses you’ve completed to satisfy general education expectations. General education expectations vary by academic department; you can review academic department websites to confirm if general education expectations are required as part of your major. Completion of general education expectations is a requirement for those who wish to pursue University HonorsPhi Beta Kappa, honors in general, and honors in certain departments and for those who wish to pursue more than two majors, minors and/or certificates.
  1. Fellowships. Attend this webinar offered by Dr. Kowsz from the Office of Fellowships to hear about fellowship opportunities for juniors at Wesleyan. 

If you have questions about any of this, please talk with your faculty advisor, schedule an appointment with an Academic Peer Advisor, or reach out to me

I look forward to seeing you in a few weeks (if not before). Until then, take care!

Dean Dunn 

Welcome from Your Class Dean!

Dear Incoming Transfer Students in the Class of 2025, 

On behalf of our colleagues in the Office of Academic Advancement and Student Affairs, it is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to Wesleyan University. I am delighted you have decided to attend Wesleyan and I look forward to you being a part of our community. 

As you may already know, the Office of Academic Advancement is staffed by professionals whose main role is supporting students throughout their time at Wesleyan. 

Students in the Class of 2025 (juniors) will work with Dean Dunn and students in the Class of 2026 (sophomores) will work with Dean Guerrero. I recognize that your class year might change depending on credit articulation; however, please know I work closely with Dean Guerrero, so do not worry. 

I understand much of what you might experience during this process based on my history of working with transfer students – I was even a transfer student myself! You are not a first-year college student; however, you are entering your first year at Wesleyan. 

While you may not feel you need as much foundational support as new incoming students need, you should still take advantage of upcoming orientation experiences designed to help you better understand how Wesleyan operates. These experiences will also help you get to know your new peers. By participating in these orientation opportunities, you will be more prepared for your entry this fall. 

I look forward to assisting you in your transition to Wesleyan. I will write to you periodically throughout the summer to provide highlights and updates as you prepare for a smooth and successful transition. These email outreaches will include information about course registration, arrival day, credit articulation, housing, campus resources and orientation. 

Activate your Wesleyan Email and WesPortal Accounts 

By now, you should have received an email with information about your WesID, username, and information on how to activate your Wesleyan email and WesPortal accounts. WesPortal is your gateway to Wesleyan and you will use it to monitor the new student checklist, preregister for courses, review your student account balance, and manage your personal profile. 

If you have not yet activated WesPortal, please do so as soon as possible. If you did not receive an email from Information Technology Services (ITS) with your login credentials, please contact Paul Turenne at immediately. 

Best wishes for an enjoyable summer and again, please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns. 

Dean Dunn

Class of 2025 – Summer Reflection

I am in my office in North College overlooking Andrus field where our commencement activities take place this weekend. I get excited knowing this is the same place where many of you will walk across the stage in two years. It’s wild to think you are halfway – and for some of you, even more than halfway – through your Wesleyan career. 

I’ve had conversations with many of you about your summer plans. Your plans run the gamut: you are volunteering, working to earn more for school, taking courses, doing internships, and conducting research, among other activities. No matter what your summer plans look like, I encourage you to take a moment to pause and reflect on just how much you have accomplished in the past couple of years. 

In that pause and reflection, consider setting your sights towards the future. What goals do you have for yourself this summer? For your junior and senior years? For post-graduation? You do not need to have the next few years of your life completely mapped out; however, setting SMART goals now can help confirm or refocus your trajectory. Minimally I encourage you to set a goal to become familiar with the Major Certification form – this tool will display your progression through a declared major so if you have not accessed it yet, please do so today. If you ever want to talk about your goals, please book an appointment with me. I love hearing student goals because it helps me keep you in mind when experiences related to your goals come across my desk. 

These last few years have come and gone fast – the next couple will feel even faster. Cherish each moment, seek knowledge in every experience, and recognize that you can stay the course you had planned or change direction. You are midway through your studies at Wesleyan; you have lots of time to continue to learn and grow.  

You’ve accomplished so much – I am beyond excited to see what will come.

A special shout out to those who are studying abroad between now and next summer. Be intentional about what you hope to do, learn, see, and experience while away. Take lots of pictures – in fact, I think it’s a riot when students take a printout or stuffed animal of their university mascot to include in photos. I’d love to see some of your travels via social media – y’all are way better at social media than I am, but may I suggest the hashtag #Wes2025CardsAbroad?

Sending you and your loved ones a happy and healthy summer ahead – see you in the fall if not sooner!

Take care,
Dean Dunn

The Final Cram: An Experimental Study Space

Have a bit more studying to do, or a paper to finish? Join us at WesWell on 5/16 from 2-4pm for a curated study space experience.

We’ll break the time up using the Pomodoro method (25 mins of working, 5 min break) and do restorative activities together for the breaks. We’ll have snacks and drinks, and you can even get a sticker as a little reward when you finish a task. Need to be talked up? Motivational speeches will be available on demand to keep you going. Let WesWell support your final efforts this semester — come to 287 High from 2-4pm and get it done 👏

International Buddy Program and African Scholars Student Coordinator

We have two opportunities through the Office of International Student Affairs (OISA).

Students continuing their studies at Wes in the Fall 2023 Semester to sign up for our International Buddy Program (IBP) and be matched with an incoming international student. All returning Wesleyan students are eligible to sign up for IBP. The deadline to sign up is next Sunday, May 14th at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

The second opportunity is a current student staff opening to serve as Wesleyan’s first African Scholars Student Coordinator. The student who will be selected for this role will work with OISA professional staff and other campus stakeholders to plan and implement support structures and programming for the inaugural cohort of Wesleyan’s new African Scholars Program, which will be comprised of at least 10 new undergraduate scholarship students from Africa this fall. The deadline to apply in Handshake is this Sunday, May 7th at 11:55 p.m. EST.