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Presidential Scholars will be among the top young scholars in the College of Liberal Arts. The Grants and Awards committee will not consider disciplinary distribution in selecting scholars. Scholars may be from any discipline or department. The Undergraduate Awards Committee may select two Presidential Scholars per year. The application deadline is usually in mid-March. The awards include one full semester's tuition to be applied to the student's senior year or as a graduate fellowship; $2,500 stipend for research expenses for the summer preceding the student's senior year. A maximum of 4 credits may be given for the project (no more than three credits in one semester). Students who have received a Carson Undergraduate Research Grant or Summer Collaborative Research Program Science Grant MAY NOT be a Presidential Scholar in the same year. Students who received a Carson Undergraduate Research Grant or an SCRP Science Grant in their sophomore year ARE ELIGIBLE for the Presidential Scholarship in their junior year.
The principal criteria for evaluation are research design, originality, and contribution to the discipline. Projects should extend beyond the average thesis in both scope and design. Applicants should consult with their advisors and departments regarding their projects' feasibility, departmental thesis requirements, and course credit. Specific criteria include: strength of the proposed project; applicant's academic record of achievement; and applicant's intellectual caliber and independence of character. Applications that propose projects that build on but extend from a student's major may present the most compelling cases for selection.
An application consists of:
Questions about the Presidential Scholars program should be directed to the Office of Student Academic Grants and Awards, where reports on past Presidential Scholars' projects are available for review. Application information is available on the SAGA website.