The Role of Your Committee
To apply for the University Scholar Program, you must identify a minimum of three full-time UConn faculty members to serve as your advisory committee. The committee:
- Is responsible for determining if your coursework meets the standard of rigor and ambition to merit receiving your degree(s) in your major(s)
- Oversees and advises on your project to ensure your original scholarship reaches the caliber of the University Scholar distinction
Selecting your Advisory Committee
You should select faculty members with expertise in the field(s) you plan to pursue during your project and include in your plan of study. One faculty member must be from your major department. If you have more than one major or are pursuing an additional degree, all major departments must be represented.
One member of your committee will serve as chair. This is typically the faculty member who will be supervising your University Scholar project and plan of study most closely, though other members of your advisory committee will also review your progress and advise you.
Note: Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and professional staff may be helpful resources and may advise you informally, but they may not serve on your advisory committee
Finding Committee Members
Your committee will offer guidance and support during your application process (including conceptualizing proposal ideas and drafting your application) and throughout the duration of your project. You may have three faculty members already in mind. But it is OK if you don’t. If you are not sure how to begin locating appropriate faculty members, you can:
- Search faculty websites within departments that are relevant to your research interests
- Contact prior instructors for leads on potential advisors
- Contact your departmental Honors advisor or your current advisor for advice
Information for faculty planning to serve on a student’s advisory committee