The Smith Scholars Program provides a framework for highly motivated and talented students to spend one or two years working on projects of their own devising, freed (in varying degrees) from normal college requirements.
The program is aimed at a wide variety of students: those who are unusually creative, those who are unusually well prepared to do independent work in a particular academic discipline, those who are committed to either a subject matter or an approach that cuts across conventional disciplines, and those who have the ability to translate experience gained in work done outside the college into academic or theoretical terms. The program is open to students in any field. Work done in the Smith Scholars Program may result in a thesis, a group of related papers, an original piece of work such as a play, or some combination of these.
Further details, guidelines and applications are available from the Class Deans Office.