Eligibility

This year the Excel! Research Scholars Program will have a theme where prospective applicants, who meet the Excel! requirements as mentioned above, will propose a research project on a topic that is centered on the following theme: Race in America.

 

The COVID 19 virus along with America’s racial injustices and inequities have impacted not only our educational systems and industries but the day-to-day experiences of all people especially our students. This year the program goal, in addition to preparing students for graduate school, is to empower and give students the opportunity to have a scholarly voice on the topic of Race in America. The goal is for students to engage in a faculty mentored research project on a topic of their interest focused on Race in America while also learning how to write in their major, present their research and prepare for graduate school.

 

The major change for the upcoming group is that research will focus on issues pertaining to race in America. Scholars will drive the topics and will pursue faculty to find one who will serve as their mentor. The program will assist students, as usual, to find a faculty mentor if the student needs help. Students will still have the same Summer Research Institute LLC program per usual, however, additional seminars during the 20/21 school year will take place.

 

Faculty are encouraged to invite a partnership with a potential student to participate in the Excel Research Scholars Program this year. Some faculty may be currently engaged in a research project and would like to see a qualifying scholar apply to be an Excel on their research project. This is completely acceptable and encouraged, however, the student must be first on the research project with the faculty as mentor. The faculty mentor will be compensated.  

 

We March for Justice 2021

The We March for Justice Study Tour of the South is an integral part of the Excel! Research Scholars Program experience. It is the Program’s intent to resume this trip once a vaccine has been established for the virus. This year the trip has been cancelled.  However, working in partnership with the Emerging Scholars LLC, the goal is to bring some of the foot soldiers to St. Thomas via Zoom. This is still a work in progress, however, the goal is to secure the new scholars for Cohort 14 during the fall semester and have some of them as active participant leaders in these Zoom visits. Zoom visits will take place during the month of February.

 

As a result of the scholars’ research:

  • A research journal entitled Race in America: An Excel! Project will be published with the scholars’ research projects in 2021/22.
  • Scholars will participate in the Inquiry at UST Poster Session fall 2021.
  • Depending on the state of COVID 19 there will be a Summer Symposium with the scholars who will present on campus or they will present via Zoom.
  • An additional goal will be to have the scholars present their research in communities where their topics are appropriate.
  • Scholars will also receive assistance to present their research at national conferences.

 

About the Next Cohort: Race in America

This year the Excel! Research Scholars Program will have a theme where prospective applicants, who meet the Excel! requirements as mentioned above, will propose a research project on a topic that is centered on the following theme: Race in America.

 

The COVID 19 virus along with America’s racial injustices and inequities have impacted not only our educational systems and industries but the day-to-day experiences of all people especially our students. This year the program goal, in addition to preparing students for graduate school, is to empower and give students the opportunity to have a scholarly voice on the topic of Race in America. The goal is for students to engage in a faculty-mentored research project on a topic of their interest focused on Race in America while also learning how to write in their major, present their research and prepare for graduate school.

 

The major change for the upcoming group is that research will focus on issues pertaining to race in America. Scholars will drive the topics and will pursue faculty to find one who will serve as their mentor. The program will assist students, as usual, to find a faculty mentor if the student needs help. Students will still have the same Summer Research Institute LLC program per usual, however, additional seminars during the 20/21 school year will take place.

 

Faculty are encouraged to invite a partnership with a potential student to participate in the Excel Research Scholars Program this year. Some faculty may be currently engaged in a research project and would like to see a qualifying scholar apply to be an Excel on their research project. This is completely acceptable and encouraged, however, the student must be first on the research project with the faculty as a mentor. The faculty mentor will be compensated.  

 

We March for Justice 2021

The We March for Justice Study Tour of the South is an integral part of the Excel! Research Scholars Program experience. It is the Program’s intent to resume this trip once a vaccine has been established for the virus. This year the trip has been canceled.  However, working in partnership with the Emerging Scholars LLC, the goal is to bring some of the foot soldiers to St. Thomas via Zoom. This is still a work in progress, however, the goal is to secure the new scholars for Cohort 14 during the fall semester and have some of them as active participant leaders in these Zoom visits. Zoom visits will take place during the month of February.

As a result of the scholars’ research:

  • A research journal entitled Race in America: An Excel! Project will be published with the scholars’ research projects in 2021/22.
  • Scholars will participate in the Inquiry at UST Poster Session fall 2021.
  • Depending on the state of COVID 19 there will be a Summer Symposium with the scholars who will present on campus or they will present via Zoom.
  • An additional goal will be to have the scholars present their research in communities where their topics are appropriate.
  • Scholars will also receive assistance to present their research at national conferences.

Application Materials   

Applications for the next cohort #14 2020-2021 are now available.

The following is a checklist of the application materials required for admission consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure that their application submission is neat, clean and professional. Applicants are encouraged to read the application instructions thoroughly to make sure all components of the application are submitted and, submitted accurately. The application components are the following:

 

  • Application Form (click on the link above to access the Application Form)
  • Unofficial Transcript from Murphy Online
  • Your current Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • Copy of your government-issued ID (No Social Security Card please)
  • Copy of your University ID
  • Research Proposal/idea (the prompts can be found on the application – Part II)
  • Statement of Purpose (the prompt can be found on the application – Part I)
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty. Click on the link above to download the faculty recommendation form. Email this form to your faculty recommenders. Once completed your faculty recommenders should send the form directly to the program office (AQU 319) in an envelope, with their signature on the envelope.

All application materials can be scanned and sent to excelscholars@stthomas.edu or brought to AQU 320 or AQU 322.  

Once applications have been received, a committee will begin to review completed applications meeting the application requirements. Qualified applicants who have compelling applications will be invited for a professional interview. After interviews have been completed, new scholars will be chosen to represent the new cohort #14. Up to 8 students will be admitted, based on funding.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via email at: excelscholars@stthomas.edu (email preferred) or feel free to contact us via telephone at 651-962-5960.