Scholars must be enrolled in full-time study. Seniors who are set to graduate on time may take one “underload” semester, minimum of 6 credit hours, with permission from the University’s Academic Advising Program. Any other arrangements must be approved by the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid and the CSS leadership team. Additionally, scholars are required to conduct research with an approved research group and must secure a lab position by the beginning of their junior year.
Scholars determine their own path once they leave Carolina in pursuit of their personal and professional goals. This may include applying for professional programs (such as medical school), taking advantage of employment opportunities, or taking a gap year. We encourage all scholars to follow their passions; however, they must still apply to a minimum of four approved graduate programs.
To support scholars in their graduate school applications, CSS program coordinators work with each student to explore graduate programs and universities that are a good fit for the student’s interests and career goals. We offer a GRE test preparation course, lend out GRE study guides, conduct mock interviews, and assist scholars with personal statements and recommendation letters.
Scholars may also have one or two minors, which is another way to delve deeper into subjects like Entrepreneurship, Medical Anthropology, Business Administration, and foreign languages and cultures. CSS scholars work closely with assigned advisors in the University’s Academic Advising Program to ensure that they maintain balanced course loads and are on track to meet all degree requirements for their selected major(s).
Most scholars who study abroad choose to do so during the summer, however some study abroad for a full semester, depending on the program. CSS program coordinators can work with you to explore programs of interest and plan how a study abroad experience can enhance your undergraduate course of study.
Other questions? Please email us at ScienceScholars@unc.edu.