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Summer Scholars Program Launched

  Friday, May 22, 2015

Undergraduate research at Christopher Newport University encourages young women and men to analyze and understand the world beyond the Great Lawn, form close mentoring relationships with faculty members and gain valuable skills that enhance their academic experience. 

The eight-week, in-residence Summer Scholars Program – launched this year and funded by the Office of the Provost – allows intellectually curious, highly motivated students to team with a professor on a faculty-derived research question.

Participants, named student research fellows, work closely with a faculty member within a rich scholarly community. Through their experience they further develop research and communication skills, become better acquainted with the Trible Library’s scholarly resources, and expand their inquiry and problem-solving capabilities.

“Christopher Newport has a long tradition of promoting undergraduate research on campus,” says Vice Provost Dr. Geoffrey Klein. “The Summer Scholars Program will expand current offerings and create a community of scholars – both students and faculty – in order to promote the collaborative nature of research, champion communication across disciplines and foster discovery. Our program brings together student-faculty teams from across all colleges at the University to investigate a vast array of discipline-specific problems. In the true spirit of the liberal arts and sciences, this program will instill in its participants the fundamental skills to be the lifelong learners of tomorrow.”

Twenty-six exceptional students were selected to participate during the 2015 Summer I and Summer II academic terms. Each will work 40 hours per week and participate in workshops and seminars to complete their research. Some of this year’s projects include Trade and Monetary-Fiscal Policy Mixes in the Euro Area; American Villains: Treason in America from Jamestown to Jefferson Davis; The Wall: The Legal, Political and Socio-Economic Implications of Border Walls on Affected Societies and States – A Case Study of the U.S.-Mexico Border; The Evolution of Title IX; and Interactive Effects of Estrogen and Stress.

Each fellow selected for the program receives a $3,200 stipend and an allowance to defray the cost of summer housing. Dr. Jeffrey Carney, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, directs the program. Learn more at

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