Like many of their classmates, 40 specially chosen students in the Ithaca College School of Humanities and Sciences earned a bit of extra money prior to the start of the Fall 2023 semester. These summer jobs were a bit different though, earning money to collaborate on groundbreaking research on far-ranging topics such as optical tweezers and augmented reality.
The Summer Scholars program gives H&S students the chance to collaborate closely with faculty mentors, Summer Scholars engage in research, scholarship, and creative inquiry projects. With topics spanning from optical tweezers to augmented reality, some projects are independently designed by the Scholar, while others join ongoing faculty-led research projects. The program is designed to leave Scholars with skills to carry with them throughout their professional lives — skills such as public speaking and translating research findings into accessible, engaging presentations.
These skills were put into practice at the inaugural H&S Summer Scholars Showcase, held in Emerson Suites on July 27. Scholars presented verbal and poster presentations, sharing progress and findings from their summer with the campus community.