Westminster Appoints New Coordinator of National Fellowships and Undergraduate Research
Westminster welcomed a new staff member to the campus last week. Tim Dolan was appointed the new coordinator of National Fellowships and Undergraduate Research, and has been hired to help build and manage the campus-wide fellowship advising and undergraduate research program.
Dolan comes to Westminster after almost 20 years of teaching English at Judge Memorial Catholic School in Salt Lake City. His experience spans from assisting high school students with their college applications to writing applications for the National Endowment for Humanities seminars.
In his role as fellowship coordinator, Dolan will be responsible for the overall management and publicity of the fellowship program. From recruiting and advising potential fellowship candidates, to serving as a clearinghouse for all fellowship applications, his position is all inclusive. He will also work closely with faculty to promote the program.
“I don’t think there’s any better way to see firsthand what’s out there than going out and doing an internship,” said Dolan. “For example, if a student is a political science major, then doing a Congressional internship is a great way to see how things work.”
For the undergraduate research part of his position, Dolan will advance existing Westminster programs by supporting the annual undergraduate research fair and developing new avenues for resources in support of undergraduate research. He will also support faculty grant writing (with an emphasis on undergraduate research) and identify information about potential funding sources.
“I believe that undergrads should be doing research that produces tangible data and goals,” Dolan said. “If undergrads are going out in the world to teach or to attend graduate school, it looks better to do research and helps build their resumes. It also helps enrich the student’s overall experience.”