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 Dates and Events

Thank you! 

Thank you to all those who took part in the October book drive for schools affected by the hurricanes. A total of over 4,000 books were donated! 

Applications are 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

Faculty, do you have a student you would like to recommend to the program? Tell us about him or her! Please fill out this short form so that we can get in contact with the student and encourage them to apply.   

For more information about the program you can request an appointment with the program Director, Cynthia Fraction at frac2792@stthomas.edu. We are happy to meet with you!