A program designed to enhance research opportunities and training for exceptional students in the sciences. The program is overseen by the chairs of the departments of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, and Statistics. There is no application form; students are selected based on information contained in their applications for admission.
Unlike the situation found at many large research universities, the program is designed to give each student individual attention and close interaction with research faculty. Scholars have a senior faculty member serving as their advisor-mentor from the very beginning of their program of study. All participants have the opportunity to become a member of a research lab or group as early as the first semester so that advanced research experience can begin quickly. During the first year, all scholars enroll in the 2 credit CSS seminar (both fall and spring semesters), where they meet internationally-renowned science faculty from each of the participating departments, hear talks on issues in the forefront of science, visit research laboratories, and see scientific demonstrations of research concepts under study. Students also participate in casual receptions several times a year with CSS upperclassmen and science faculty to facilitate networking and peer mentoring.
College Science Scholars usually choose a traditional major in a science department. However, the program also encourages multidisciplinary education. For example, students may follow interdisciplinary tracks, majoring in topics such as Biophysics, Biochemistry, Astrophysics, and Neuroscience. Scholars in good standing (e.g., GPA 3.400 or higher) within their host department are guaranteed admission into to a 5th-year Master’s degree program in those disciplines where the degree is available.