Scholar Selection Criteria

SU Scholars

Candidates for Syracuse University Scholar exhibit outstanding accomplishment within their field of study as demonstrated by:

• Academic achievement through independent research or creative endeavor within the classroom, laboratory or studio
• Evidence of intellectual growth and/or innovation in their disciplinary field over the course of their undergraduate career
• Contributions to the academic environment and endeavors of the school, college and university

Community engagement and leadership will not be considered except in cases in which the activity is both relevant to and an outgrowth of the student’s academic pursuits.

The University Scholars should reflect the diversity of race, economic circumstance, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and disability that characterizes our campus. Schools and colleges should consider these factors as they select nominees.

Students may be nominated by only one school or college. In the case of dually enrolled students, the student's portfolio should include representation of their work in both colleges in order to provide a comprehensive picture of their academic achievements. Students should contact their department or dean's office for more information.

Letters of recommendation and nomination letters must explain why the candidate’s achievements uniquely qualify them for this academic honor.