Helping the historically underrepresented be represented in graduate school. 


To educate through teaching and learning, to motivate through critical dialog and success, to embrace opportunities that take us to the next levels, developing future scholars as leaders….inspiring one scholar at a time!

A‌bout the Program

The Excel! Research Scholars Program is an academic enrichment program that prepares undergraduate students who are first-generation and/or low-income and/or underrepresented in research-based, graduate school programs for graduate school admission and success in their programs. Excel! uses a living and learning community and cohort style approach to teaching students by working with students collectively and individually to provide effective and tailored mentorship designed to help each student successfully prepare for the next steps in their education process. 

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about how Excel! can help you. 

Upcoming Events and Dates 

There will be an information meeting for the 2018 We March for Justice Study Tour Thursday, October 19th from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm in room 303 of the OSF Library. More information under the We March for Justice tab.

Applications are due November 10, 2017 by 4:30 p.m.  


 Investing in Our Futures: Let’s Talk Graduate School

Inside scoops to preparing for graduate study.
Are you on track? What do you need to know?
Meet admissions representatives, hear from graduate students and those preparing for graduate school, learn about graduate school preparation programs and research programs on campus, and gain valuable information about funding sources!
Date: Wednesday November 1, 2017
Location: McNeely Hall 100
Time: 4:00p.m. – 5:30p.m.
Sponsored by:
The Excel! Research Scholars Program & Career Development


Applications are now being accepted for the next Excel cohort!

Application deadline is January 19, 2018 at 4:30p.m. Application materials can be scanned and sent to excelscholars@stthomas.edu or brought to AQU 320

For more information about the program all are invited to an information session on Thursday October 26, 2017 from 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. in the Leather Room (first floor of O’Shaughnessy Library). Or, you can request an appointment with the program Director, Cynthia Fraction at frac2792@stthomas.edu. We are happy to meet with you! 


Current Excel! Scholar Dustyn Montgomery and the Excel! Research Scholars Program are sponsoring a book drive to benefit schools impacted by the hurricanes. Books for all ages are welcome! Drop boxes are located at the following places around campus.

ASC 2nd floor, outside of the Dean's office
AQU 322 Excel Research Scholars Program
AQU 100 President's Office
JRC 101
SCB 201 (School of Social Work)
Luann Dummer Women's Center
McNeely Hall 128