Welcome to the home page for the Saint Joseph’s University Summer Scholars Program. This program provides support for currently enrolled SJU undergraduates (and students in 5 year BS/MS programs) to engage in faculty-mentored research, creative writing, the fine and the performing arts, and other scholarly endeavors during the summer months. Undergraduates enrolled in either the College of Arts & Sciences or the Haub School of Business are eligible to apply to the program, providing that they meet the eligibility requirements as described on the application page.
The goals of the program include: 1) providing students with an opportunity to engage in research or other creative activities “full time” for an extended period, 2) fostering close professional interaction between students and faculty mentors as an expression of cura personalis, and 3) affording students with the opportunity to publicly share and present the results of their work, both within and outside of the SJU community.
The Summer Scholars Program traces its origins back to a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Research Institute to the Department of Biology in 1994. This formal program included weekly meetings of all participants and various social and educational activities. It grew to ultimately include all of the departments and programs in the Math and Natural Sciences division of the University. Several years ago, the division was able to secure permanent institutional funding to support ca. 20 summer scholars. Research grants to individual faculty members, gifts from alumni and corporate sponsors and other sources of funding have supported some 20 additional students per year.
In 2005 the university administration committed nearly $100,000 in additional funding to provide positions for students throughout the university. With this expansion, the Summer Scholars Program was created. In the first formal year (2006) the program was able to support more than 70 students. The program provides students with a stipend of $3200, the possibility of on-campus housing (at a greatly reduced charge, cost of food not included - due to space limitations, housing cannot be guaranteed for all applicants) for the summer program period (eleven weeks running from late May through early August), and the opportunity to engage in a variety of social and educational events during the program period.
In exchange for the support provided, Summer Scholars agree to provide written descriptions of their work for publication in a book prepared for the Summer Scholars Dinner. Students also agree to present their work, in an appropriate form, at the next Celebration of Student Achievement, held each spring.
I look forward to working with the 2015 Summer Scholars and their faculty mentors. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the program.
Michael P. McCann, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Mr. Joseph Pizzica, '07, was a Summer Scholar in both 2006 and 2007, working with Dr. Sandy Fillebrown of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. Their work involved fractals, geometric objects that are built up from repeating copies of a "simple" subunit (the reality is much more complex than that).