Remembrance Scholar Selection Process

Remembrance Scholars are selected according to three criteria: service to the community, leadership, and distinguished scholarship. The Remembrance Scholars should reflect the diversity of academic field of study, race, ethnicity, economic circumstance, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and/or record of military service that characterizes Syracuse University’s student body.

A selection committee, made up of 14 faculty/staff members and 14 current Scholars, chooses Remembrance Scholars. Faculty/staff committee members represent all undergraduate schools and colleges and are recommended by school/college administrators and appointed by the Provost. Current Scholars volunteer to serve on the committee. The committee holds its first meeting in January to review the mission and goals of the program, affirm selection criteria, and discuss strategies to counter unconscious bias. Committee members are encouraged to take the Harvard Implicit Association Tests (IATs) to become more aware of their own biases.

The committee is then divided into seven working teams of four members each (two faculty/staff and two current Scholars) to evaluate applications.

After all applications have been received at the end of January, applicants’ names are sent to the Office of Academic Integrity and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities to be checked against official records. Applicants with a violation on their record are reviewed by a Judicial/Academic Integrity subcommittee; serious violations are flagged so that working teams may consider them in their evaluation of candidates.

Also in January, all committee members review the complete list of applicants and recuse themselves from reviewing or interviewing any candidate whom they feel they would be unable to evaluate impartially.

Each working team is randomly assigned ~25 written applications to evaluate and score using the Remembrance Scholarship Evaluation Rubric. By mid-February, each working team submits names and aggregate scores of 9-12 finalists, who are then contacted and scheduled for interviews.

Between late February and mid-April, each working team interviews ~10 finalists, in person or over Zoom. Team members weigh both the written application and the interview to evaluate each finalist’s fit with the selection criteria as laid out in the Remembrance Scholarship Evaluation Rubric. By mid-April, each team selects four candidates to name as Remembrance Scholars and one to two additional candidates for consideration. The entire selection committee then meets to select the final cohort of Remembrance Scholars.