The S.P.I.R.I.T.U.S. Scholars Program
Scholars who Present, Inquire, Research, Innovate, Test, Utilize, and Solve
The SPIRITUS program promotes individualized learning paths and processes by providing a unique opportunity for students to engage in an inquiry-based research endeavor of their own design. The program fosters intellectual growth and leadership by allowing students to pursue personal passions. Under the guidance of the program coordinator, faculty advisors and off-campus mentors, students pose questions, pursue answers, and develop connections and opportunities for life beyond SPSG.
What is the S.P.I.R.I.T.U.S. Scholars Program?A two-year exploratory program for juniors and seniors that empowers students to develop a research question in a field of interest, from entrepreneurship to environmental science, from social justice to sociology, from physics to philosophy, and from medicine to management. Students pursue solutions with the support of a faculty advisor and an off-campus expert, who serves as a mentor.
JUNIOR YEAR: FALL
Sound research methods provide the basis for inquiry and discovery, moving the cohort from the realm of opinions into the realm of understanding, critical thinking, robust research skills, and group collaboration. This course, the first in the two-year program, is designed to introduce students to the process of developing a question that, by the conclusion of each scholar’s senior year, has a novel solution. The scholars will conduct subject-specific research, hone their voices through both written and oral communication, and draft a detailed and innovative research proposal. Students will learn about the cyclical nature of varying modes of research and the iterative process of scholarly writing and project management.
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JUNIOR YEAR: SPRING
After completing one semester of Research Methods, students will draft a research proposal. Once a question or hypothesis has been developed, students work with the SPIRITUS coordinator to identify mentors and curate a customized syllabus, which may include industry visits, enrollment in enrichment MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course), attending related speakers and workshops, and more.
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During senior year, Scholars begin to fine tune their research questions and the presentation of their research. Research culminates in the successful presentation of findings and solutions in a community forum.
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