Scholars Program

The scholars program at Luther has the following goals:

  • to challenge intellectually talented students to excel academically
  • to encourage them to develop a wide-ranging interest in the conversation of ideas
  • to offer them opportunities to enrich the cultural life of the community
  • to enable them to become attractive candidates for graduate and professional school and professional employment
  • to prepare them for exceptional achievement and service

The scholars program offers the following challenges, opportunities, and distinctions:

  • A distinctive curriculum: "Intersections: Seeking the Common Good"
  • Scholars Colloquium for first-year students
  • Interdisciplinary seminars on big ideas, issues, challenges confronting society
  • Upper-level colloquia on civic engagement, leadership, and service
  • Imagine Fellowships
  • Department honors and prizes
  • Latin honors
  • Research grants
  • Summer student-faculty collaborative research program
  • Participation in regional and national research conferences such as the National Conference on Undergraduate Research
  • Annual Luther student research symposium
  • Election to Phi Beta Kappa and discipline-based national honor societies
  • Special advising for national fellowships, scholarships, and grants

The scholars program is administered by Terry Sparkes, Director of College Honors, and overseen by the Honors Advisory Committee:

  • Joe Breitenstein, Associate Professor Psychology
  • Todd Green, Assistant Professor of Religion
  • Claude Mertzenich, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Olga Michels, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • David Pfotenhauer, Senior
  • Terry Sparkes, Associate Dean and Director of College Honors, chair