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Undergraduate Scholars Programs

Our scholars programs offer high-achieving students the opportunity to maximize their intellectual potential through independent research, global travel, and other experiences they then use to enrich campus.
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Alumni Memorial Scholars

Honoring the 166 alumni who sacrificed their lives in the World Wars, the AMS program emphasizes growth and enrichment in four spheres: intellectual, social, cultural, and civic engagement. Scholars earn the opportunity to receive grants, up to a total of $6,000, that can be used for independent research, academic conference attendance, and internships.

No need to apply: Alumni Memorial Scholars are selected during the first-year admission process.

Alumni Memorial Scholars

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Beckman Scholars

Colgate University received a Beckman Scholars Program award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to support student research. Top Colgate students in chemistry, biology, molecular biology, or biochemistry are invited to apply for a 15-month stipend to pursue independent research with a faculty mentor.

Interested Colgate students must complete the pre-application process by the end of February. Each year 1–2 scholars will be selected.

Beckman Scholars

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Benton Scholars

The Benton Scholars Program was developed as a model for how the liberal arts can prepare students to think, act, and create in a world that is increasingly diverse and global. As a group, Benton Scholars learn and travel together to explore carefully selected global issues — from political power, to technological disruption. They are challenged intellectually, academically, personally, and professionally.

No need to apply: Benton Scholars are selected during the first-year admission process.

Benton Scholars

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Lampert Institute Fellows

The Lampert Fellows Program enables up to ten students to pursue faculty-mentored summer research projects around the globe. Projects receive grants of up to $6,500 to support research on issues of contemporary importance, utilizing a range of research methodologies and technologies. Research culminates in a paper disseminated through presentations and publication, which may serve as the basis for an honors thesis.

Current second- or third-year students, sponsored by a faculty member in the student’s program of study, may apply in February for participation in that summer’s program.

Lampert Institute

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Office of Undergraduate Studies

The Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS) serves to provide educational opportunity and support to students who have demonstrated talent, creativity, intellect, and determination in the face of significant challenges. The program ensures that these talented individuals are fully prepared to take advantage of the university experience, and are positioned to make significant and meaningful impacts on campus.

No need to apply: OUS scholars are selected during the first-year admission process.

Office of Undergraduate Studies

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Sophomore Residential Seminars

Students in the Sophomore Residential Seminars (SRS) program live and study together in Drake Hall, meet regularly with their seminar professors in an exclusive classroom, and engage in an embedded academic travel experience related to the course at no extra charge.

Current first-year students may apply in January to join the program in the following academic year.

Sophomore Residential Seminars