Q: Can I simultaneously be enrolled in the Professional Writing Minor?

A: Yes

Q: Can I simultaneously participate in the McNair Scholars Program?

A: Yes

Q: As a Raab fellow, can I also apply for the URCA grant?

A: Yes.

Q: Are URCA grant recipients required to participate in the

-) URCA Colloquium                   Yes

-) URCA Slam                              No

Q: Do I need to be a recipient of the URCA grant to participate in the URCA Colloquium?

A: No. The URCA Colloquium is open to all undergraduate students.

Q: Can I be a Raab fellow in my sophomore year?

A: Yes. The Raab fellows program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Q: Can I apply for the Raab Writing Fellows program more than once?

A: Yes.

Q: What is the application process like?

A: For more information about the application process and the deadline, go to the applications tab.

Q: Can I propose a topic for my Raab project?

A: Yes. Students are encouraged to propose their own topics for Raab projects. Sometimes, these projects are personal in nature. Other times, they are inspired by coursework but there was no time to explore them in detail. Or, if a proposed project is interdisciplinary in nature, the Raab fellowship is a good fit for them.

Q: Are students responsible for finding a Writing Program mentor?

A: Yes. If you have taken a class with a Writing Program faculty who is interested in and available to mentor you as a Raab fellow, that is terrific. If that is not possible, you can contact other Writing Program faculty to see if they’re available to work with you, or you can contact Ljiljana Coklin, the RWF Director, to help you find a mentor (lcoklin@writing.ucsb.edu).

Q: Can I have a faculty consultant outside the Writing Program?

A: Yes. If you need additional expertise in a specific subject area, you may reach out to a faculty member outside the Writing Program. In that case, the Writing Program faculty remains the main mentor while a consultant from a different department assists you with a specific aspect of your project (e.g. If you’re writing a musical screenplay, you would discuss music-related questions with a Music faculty). Fellows are responsible for arranging for outside consultants.