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Scholars Program

Program Requirements

  • Students must maintain full-time status with a minimum of three course credits each Fall Term and Winter Term and one course credit each May Term.
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.
  • Students must complete program courses with a grade of B or better. 
  • In addition, students complete the following:

First Year:
  • Live with other first year Scholars in Clinton Hall as part of a living/learning community.
  • Complete First Year Seminar SCH 101 (substitutes for IS 101) with a grade of B or better.
  • Complete Opportunities Seminar SCH 115 with a passing grade of P in a P-D-F course.
  • Complete a year-long, team-based service project.
  • Complete individual service reflections at the end of the Fall and Winter terms.

Second and Third Years:
  • Complete Second Year Seminar SCH 202 (substitutes for IS 201) with a grade of B or better.
  • Complete a year-long, team-based service project each year.
  • Complete individual service reflections at the end of the Fall and Winter terms.
  • Complete two Scholars Contract courses over these years with a grade of B or better.

Fourth Year:
  • File an Academic Scholars Project Prospectus prior to completing the fall term.
  • Complete SCH 401 Senior Seminar during Fall Term with a passing grade of P in a P-D-F course. 
  • Complete a Scholars research or creative project (SCH 456 or equivalent course) by the end of the Winter term.
  • Complete a year-long, team-based service project.
  • Complete individual service reflections at the end of the Fall and Winter terms.
  • Complete a final cumulative service experience reflection as part of the overall service portfolio (Winter or May term).

    * Students in 3 + 1 programs move fourth-year requirements into their third year and complete only one    Scholars Contract course.

Scholars Contract Courses

Scholars Contract courses provide students with a unique way to expand upon learning opportunities within the framework of a non-Scholars course. By contracting a course, students can add a Scholars designation to the class through the completion of an additional project that allows them to either examine course content in more depth or expand upon course material. The Scholars Contract is an agreement between the student, faculty member teaching the class, and the Scholars Program director. Any 200-level or above classroom-based course may be contracted for Scholars credit, but this does not include research, thesis, or independent study courses. 

A Scholars Contract has no impact on a student’s overall course grade. The contract is honored and Scholars credit is awarded if the terms of the contract have been met by the specified due date and the student completes the contracted course with a grade of B or better. Scholars credit is not awarded for contracted courses in which a student receives an incomplete or otherwise fails to complete the Scholars Contract per the terms outlined. 

This is an endeavor that requires time and effort on the part of the student and faculty member supervising the contracted work. Faculty who work with students on Scholars Contract projects do so out of their own free time with no additional compensation except for pleasure gained from working with curious and dedicated students. As such, Scholars students should demonstrate respect for this process and faculty time by being prompt with contract work and meeting deadlines per the terms of the contract.

Academic Scholars Project (SCH 456 or equivalent course)

The Academic Scholars Project is an independent or collaborative research project or other creative endeavor that reflects student interest. Students begin the process by identifying a faculty mentor and beginning work on the Academic Scholars Project Prospectus. The prospectus preferably is submitted by the end of the student’s third year, and must be submitted no later than the end of Fall Term of the fourth year. The format of the project will be highly dependent upon the nature of the project, the student’s academic major program requirements, and the guiding principles of the student’s academic discipline. 

Students are required to formally present the results of their work at the annual Research, Internship, and Creative Endeavor Day (RICE Day) as well as submit a written thesis. If a student is unable to present at RICE Day (for example, due to study abroad or student teaching), the student must consult with the program director during Fall Term of his or her third year to make special accommodations. Students must submit an Academic Scholars Project Completion Form by the end of the term in which the project is completed and presented.

The Academic Scholars Project is an enterprise that requires extensive time and effort on the part of the student and faculty member supervising the project. As such, Scholars students should demonstrate respect for this process and faculty time by steadily working toward the completion of the project well in advance of its due date. To ensure a positive and successful experience for all, students should communicate on a regular basis with faculty mentors and be prepared for meetings.