Science Scholars Program




What is the Science Scholars Program?

A program for highly qualified CST students who demonstrate a passion in science or technology as they pursue their undergraduate degrees and prepare for graduate/professional school with a focus on research. Students will participate in research each semester starting their second semester freshman year with opportunities to work with multiple research faculty, graduate students, and professional mentors throughout their time at Temple. The first summer research project must be completed with a faculty member in the College of Science and Technology.

Goals of Science Scholars Program

  • Identify exceptionally prepared, academically strong incoming freshman and rising sophomore CST students who have demonstrated passion in science or technology and provide them with opportunities to begin advanced research experiences in freshman year.
  • Continue to improve the quantity and quality of CST students so that more qualify for prestigious national and international scholarships, including the Rhodes, Marshall and Goldwater, and more are accepted into the most prestigious graduate programs.
  • Further establish CST as a destination for talented students who are interested in advanced research and scientific discovery.
  • Once in the program SSP students must continue to be enrolled as a CST student and maintain an overall GPA of 3.6 and a CST GPA of 3.5.

How are students supported through the program?

  • One on one coaching to discuss educational and/or professional goals and objectives
  • Personal and professional development through seminars, workshops, conferences, and colloquia
  • Access to professionals who can help with preparations for external research opportunities such as REU programs and assistance with applications for prestigious national and international scholarships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, and Goldwater

Financial Benefits

  • Each incoming CST freshman selected as a Science Scholar in the College of Science & Technology will be awarded up to $4000 per summer for three summers to be used for either on or off campus summer research or research abroad opportunities approved by CST. Students with Summer Merit Stipends will receive two funded summers in the SSP program.


We started the program with the freshman class who entered CST in 2012.  Currently we have 12 seniors, 12 juniors and 8 sophomores. SSP students will be selected from admitted CST students within the Temple Honors Program.  Students must have high math and verbal SAT scores or high ACT Math and English scores, exceptional high school transcripts with many advanced placement credits, and have completed a rigorous high school program. The application and selection process for the class of 2024 entering freshman, will occur during the 2020 summer.

The program is highly selective with an academically challenging selection process. Students must be invited to apply based on their admissions information and there is a formal application and selection process which includes a full review by the Science Scholars Faculty Committee. The committee selection is focused on applicants who are leaning towards research as a career.

Selection Requirements

  • Must be a College of Science & Technology student
  • Freshman applicants must be admitted to the University Honors Program
  • High Scores in the AP or IB exams in Math or Science subjects
  • Research experience or high level science fair projects - awards preferred
  • Participation in high level external science or math programs - preferred
  • Any other significant academic achievements
  • Evidence of strong passion, dedication, and achievement in science or technology research

For more information:

Kelsey Craig
Career Coach & SSP Coordinator