Each year up to thirty juniors are selected for the University Scholar Program through an application process sponsored by the Honors Program. All undergraduate Honors and non-Honors students from all campuses may apply. This prestigious program allows motivated students to pursue individualized and intellectually challenging programs of study that include an intensive research or creative project and a more robust program of coursework to complement the project. Students are usually members of the Program for the last three semesters of undergraduate study. Graduation as a University Scholar is the highest academic honor bestowed upon undergraduates by the University of Connecticut.
Students interested in applying to the Program are encouraged to begin planning no later than the second semester of their sophomore year. Program applicants must submit a “letter of intent,”; an application, and appropriate documentation by the published deadlines. Applicants must completely and clearly describe their proposed University Scholar project, including the subject matter, topic, or issue of interest and the methods and resources to be used to complete the project. They must also delineate the set of courses that would enable them to explore their interests in depth. In late fall, the University Scholar Oversight and Selection committee selects recipients for this award according to the creativity, clarity, detail, and thoughtfulness of the applicants’ proposed research projects and programs of study.
An advisory committee assembled by the student and composed of three full-time faculty members with representation from the student’s major(s), of whom at least one must be a tenured or tenure track faculty, guides the student through his or her study or project. The scholarly work culminates with a tangible product, such as a completed research paper or work of art. Upon completion of the approved University Scholar project and plan of study and the submission of appropriate forms to the Honors Program Office, students earn the title of University Scholar. Students in the University Scholar Program receive awards in an amount set by the Provost or designee for every remaining semester (up to three semesters) that the student enrolls in his or her undergraduate program. University Scholars may be granted other benefits such as permission to enroll in graduate courses, priority registration, priority housing, and special library privileges. University Scholars are also relieved from the maximum credit load during any given semester. Participation in the University Scholar Program is noted on students’ academic transcripts at entry and for each semester enrolled. Graduation as a University Scholar is recognized at commencement and on the academic transcript and diploma.
For more information, contact the University Scholar Program, University of Connecticut, John W. Rowe CUE-Building, Room 419, Unit 4147, Storrs, CT 06269, Phone: 860-486-4223.