Helping the historically underrepresented be represented in graduate school. 


To educate through teaching and learning, to motivate through critical dialogue 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

Come see the current Excel! Scholars present their research. The event will be held in McNeely Hall 100 on Thursday, July 26, 2018 starting at 10:00 am. 

A light lunch will be provided. RSVP's are kindly requested and can be made to excelscholars@stthomas.edu 

All are welcome to attend!


Applications for the 2019-2020 cohort will come out fall 2018. There will be an informational meeting about the Excel! Research Scholars Program fall 2018. Date TBD  

Faculty, do you have a student who would benefit from this 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! 

Recent News

For detailed news on scholar achievements in higher education, future plans, and updates on the exciting things that the scholars are researching, see the news section under scholars. These scholars are doing amazing things, check it out! 

This past spring break eleven students with Professors David Williard, Todd Lawrence, and Excel director, Cynthia Fraction traveled through MS, TN, and AL to study the civil rights movement. See the We March for Justice Section for more pictures and information.   


Welcome to the 2018-2019 Excel Scholars!

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