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    Internship Grants Program

    “Hi-Caliber Internships: Enriching Education and Launching Remarkable Careers”

    From its inception, a central focus of the McDevitt Center has been integrating, promoting, and supporting a full spectrum of experiential learning and the kinds of co-curricular programs that dramatically enhance student engagement and learning.


    I. Overview

    From its inception, a central focus of the McDevitt Center has been integrating, promoting, and supporting a full spectrum of experiential learning and the kinds of co-curricular programs that dramatically enhance student engagement and learning. 

    Hi-caliber internships are among the most important of these co-curricular programs.  They provide students with significant work experience (involving real responsibility and initiative) that is related to their academic program of study and tied to their professional goals.  As such, these internships enrich education and help launch remarkable careers.  However, many high quality internships—and, indeed, many of the most highly prized—are unpaid.  Too often, then, students of modest means face a painful choice: either decline a valuable summer internship in order to earn money or accept the internship and add to a heavy burden of student debt.

    In recognition of the critical value of quality, unpaid internships for our students, their departments, and Le Moyne College as a whole, the McDevitt Center is launching a major new initiative to begin in 2012-2013: The McDevitt Internship Grant Program.  This program will enhance Le Moyne’s support for student internships, especially in the liberal arts, by providing grants of $3,000 each to twenty students/year who are majoring in Computer Science, Management/Information Systems, Philosophy/Religious Studies, and Physics and who secure high-quality, unpaid internships




    II.  Eligibility and Program Outline

    In keeping with the terms of the McDevitt will, the program is open to students in Computer Science, Management/Information Systems, Philosophy/Religious Studies, and Physics.

    Each of these McDevitt disciplinary areas will be eligible for five grants of $3,000/year: 5/year in Computer Science; 5/year in Management/Information Systems; 5/year in Philosophy/Religious Studies; 5/year in Physics.  No disciplinary area will be awarded more than 5 grants per year.

    The Office of Career Advising and Development will develop an application process and facilitate the review of applications.  In general, preference will be given to upper-division students who have secured high-quality internships and who have not previously been awarded a McDevitt grant.  However, the academic departments or programs will be an integral part of the review process and will be invited to recommend student applicants based on criteria they individually develop.  In keeping with its ultimate responsibility for the expenditure of McDevitt funds, a committee formed by the McDevitt Center will review and provide final approval for any grant award. 


    III.  Program Duration and Goals

    The McDevitt Internship Grant Program is intended as a demonstration or pilot program, which will be funded through the McDevitt Center for an initial period of 3-4 years.

    Its primary goals include:

    i. Supporting the departments and programs associated with the McDevitt gift by enabling some of their most deserving students to accept hi-quality, unpaid internships that will enrich their education and help launch their remarkable careers;

    ii. Enhancing Le Moyne’s support for student internships especially among students in the liberal arts who often face difficulty in securing high-quality, paid internships.

    iii. Leveraging the McDevitt gift and helping to ensure its campus-wide impact by using this demonstration program to build a robust portfolio of student internship “success stories” that will help various campus offices and constituencies to raise independent, non-McDevitt funds to create a broader and even more robust internship grant program open to students across the college.




    The McDevitt Center at Le Moyne College will sponsor an ongoing set of "Trasformations" courses, to be identified as "Core 400m" and organized in relationship to the ongoing lecture series designed by the McDevitt Core Professor working with the various McDevitt Chairs.The purpose of these lectures and this course is to enrich the life of the college by involving students and faculty in the events and lectures tied to the McDevitt Chairs and, by so doing, to help bring distinction to the chairs, enhance their value for Le Moyne College, and raise Le Moyne's national and international profile.

    Please direct any questions to Dr. Thomas Brockelman (Director of the Core Curriculum) or Dr. Steven Affeldt (Director of the McDevitt Center).


    If science bears witness to the timeless human desire to understand the universe and our place within it, the enduring power of religion testifies to the insufficiency of science alone to fully satisfy this longing. While this situation calls for thoughtful consideration of the respective roles of both science and religion in the human search for meaning and understanding, it has too often produced the kinds of uncomprehending antagonism between the two that mark the intellectual, social and political landscape of the contemporary United States.

    Against this background, the McDevitt Chair in Physics (George V. Coyne, S.J., Ph.D.) and the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation at Le Moyne College are pleased to announce the continuation of a major initiative devoted to “Science and Religion in Modern America.” This initiative brings eminent scholars from the sciences and the humanities to Le Moyne College to share their reflections on relationships between science and religion with the campus community, members of other regional academic and religious institutions, and the public. By embodying Le Moyne’s Catholic and Jesuit belief in the unity of all knowledge, “Science and Religion in Modern America” provides a compelling example of informed and respectful conversation about these vital issues. 

    Speakers in the Series:



    Evolution, Creation and Intelligent Design

    A talk by Francisco J. Ayala, Ph.D., University Professor, Donald Bren Professor of Political Science and Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Irvine

    The Three Domains of Science and Religion

    A talk by Wesley J. Wildman, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics, Boston University School of Theology

    Christian Spirituality for Seekers

    A talk by Dr. Roger Haight, S.J., Scholar-in-residence at Union Theological Seminary

    Evolution and the Problem of Evil

    A talk by Thomas F. Tracy, Ph.D., Philips Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine

    Jesuit Spirituality and Academic Theology: Karl Rahner and Ignacio Ellacuria

    A talk by J. Matthew Ashley, Chair, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame

    Scientific Cosmology, Philosophy and Creation Theology: Creative Mutual Interactions

    A talk by Robert John Russell, Ph.D., Ian G. Barbour Professor of Theology and Science and founding director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California



    Emergence: Systems, Organisms, Persons?

    A talk by Nancey Murphy, Ph.D., Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California Panasci Family Chapel

    Does Evolution Have a Purpose??

    A talk by Michael Ruse, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the History and Philosophy of Science Program, Department of Philosophy, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

    Seeking a Theology Earth Can Live With

    A talk by Anne M. Clifford, C.S.J., Ph.D., Msgr. James A. Supple Chair of Catholic Studies, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 

    Christ and the Pelican Chick

    A talk by Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D., C.S.J., Distinguished Professor of Theology, Fordham University

    Multiverse Cosmologies at the Limits of Modern Science

    A talk by Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Religion, Wesleyan University

    Buddhism and Science: Past, Present, and Future

    A talk by Donald Lopez, Ph.D., A.E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Michigan


    How to be a Christian Darwinist

    A talk by Paul Allen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, Concordia University

    Faith: Science and Religion

    A talk by Terrence Tilley, Ph.D., Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Professor of Catholic Theology, Fordham University

    Bringing Peace to the Tangled Bank – Evolution, God, and Science in America Today

    A talk by Kenneth R. Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Brown University

    What Does the Earth Ask of Us?

    A talk by Robin Kimmerer, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 

    Facts and Values: Environmental Science and Ethics in the Catholic Church

    A talk by Christiana Z. Peppard, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, Science, and Ethics, Fordham University


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