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Program Requirements

In order to successfully participate in the CSS program and graduate as a Chancellor’s Science Scholar, students must follow all program requirements, including:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in an approved STEM B.S. major
  • Attend the entire Summer EXCELerator
  • Join a research lab by the beginning of their third year
  • Take at least two STEM courses per semester
  • Participate in the IDST 201 course (1 credit hour) with their cohort once per academic year
  • Write a research thesis
  • Apply to at least four graduate programs (Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., and/or approved Masters programs)

Scholars also meet regularly with CSS program coordinators, who follow the “whole student” model for advising and mentoring – counseling students on everything from selecting courses, finding and successfully obtaining research assistant positions, applying to graduate schools and more. As scholars progress through their undergraduate years, program coordinators tailor the IDST 201 course to topics that promote academic success, professional development, and post-baccalaureate planning. Examples of topics covered each year include:



  • Managing the transition to college
  • Exploring best practices for learning, organization, and personal wellness
  • Examining the roles of research, development, and engagement in a community of scholars



  • Developing communication skills for clear and effective research presentations
  • Engaging in community outreach to advance and broaden participation within science, technology, and math disciplines
  • Building a professional presence on social media



  • Developing a personal timeline for graduate school applications
  • Crafting a strong personal statement and updated CV/resume
  • Working in an interdisciplinary research team to achieve success in STEM



  • Developing a personal timeline for graduate school applications
  • Assessing mentor relationships and what to look for in a mentor
  • Understanding how to manage stress and transitions to graduate school or the workplace