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Student Intellectual Life Committee (SILC)




What is SILC? 

The Student Intellectual Life Committee supports student-initiated projects, professional development opportunities, and student research. It awards small grants every month to AUCA students.


Who are the members of the SILC?

At the moment there are five members of the SILC. However, after the elections there will be 5 elected faculty members, one appointed by the Faculty Senate and two chosen students by the faculty members of the committee, and one chosen by the Student Senate. 

1. Daniyar Karabaev, Liberal Arts and Sciences Division, The Chair of the Committee:

2. Kamilya Kadyrova, General Education Department and New Generation Academy, Faculty Senate Representative: 

3. James Plumtree, General Education Department, Faculty Senate Representative: 

4. Cholpon Chotaeva, Anthropology:

5. Mehrigul Ablezova, Sociology:

6. Farhad Kerimov, International and Comparative Politics:

7. Fawzia Yosufi, Student Senate Representative:

8. Mursal Ayobi, Psychology: 

9. Zhyldyz Muratbekova, LAS - International and Comparative Politics:


What is the purpose of SILC? 

The GOAL of SILC is to promote excellence in research, learning, and overall intellectual development of students in the American University of Central Asia. The purpose of SILC is based on the acknowledgment that students' scholarly experience is an integral component of Liberal Arts Education and that such research-based learning will better prepare students to fulfill their plans, aspirations, goals, and dreams. 


Which activities does SILC perform? 

SILC encourages a move toward “research-based learning” in AUCA, promotes increased opportunities for undergraduate students to have experiences as students – scholars and provides the venue for student’s scholarly accomplishments to be recognized, promoted and made available. More precisely, SILC administers the Student Research Fund to encourage and promote student research. SILC will evaluate applications for funding and award grants to support students’ field or archival research. SILC administers the Student Travel Fund to support students’ participation in international conferences, workshops, cultural exchange programs, and research-related activities. SILC members annually select the Best Senior Thesis Award, for which the committee uses a thoroughly developed criteria and procedures.

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