Oversight and Selection Committee

The University Scholar Oversight and Selection Committee oversees the administration of the University Scholar Program. Comprised of faculty members from diverse disciplines, this committee selects each cohort of University Scholars and recommends policy for the program to the Honors Board of Associate Directors.

Current Members

  • Mark Boyer (Geography)
  • Mary Burke (English)
  • Yongku Cho (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
  • R. Holly Fitch (Psychology)
  • Robin Greeley (Art and Art History)
  • Catherine Little (Educational Psychology)
  • Daniel Schwartz (Physiology and Neurobiology)
  • Thomas Seery (Chemistry) *Chair
  • Ping Zhang (Molecular and Cell Biology)

Assessment Criteria

The University Scholar Oversight and Selection Committee considers the following criteria in evaluating University Scholar applications (application overview and instructions):

  • Overall Statement of Interests
    • Clarity and significance of questions the student intends to pursue
    • Evidence of self-reflective learning, curiosity, and engagement with multiple fields of study, methodologies, and/or points of view
    • Appropriate, feasible, and challenging overall goals
  • Learning Plan
    • Clear articulation of learning objectives
    • Appropriate and challenging course selection and other learning opportunities
    • Feasibility within time frame
  • Project Plan
    • Creativity, originality, and evidence of independent thinking
    • Significance of research/creative project and familiarity with the relevant literature
    • Clarity of project description, theoretical approach, and methodology
    • Feasibility within time frame and availability of resources
  • Overall Review of the Proposal
    • Clear integration of the components of the proposal
    • Challenging and rigorous proposal

Dr. Monica van Beusekom, Director of IISP, coordinates the University Scholar Program and provides staff support to the University Scholar Oversight and Selection Committee.