The Thomas Jefferson Scholars Program is the dual-degree program of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences at NC State University.

What We're Up To


Events this year have included our usual Shack-a-Thon fundraising for charity, some wonderful speakers, and a great trip to Washington, DC with visits to museums, gardens and zoo, the monuments by night, and an exotic dinner in Crystal City. The Jeffersons continued the Warming Tree project at NC State, to distribute cold weather clothing and other contributions.  We collected many items in the holiday season. We are busy making plans for hosting a university-wide lecture to honor one of our founders, Dr. Gerald Elkan. Look for plans for that at the end of Spring.

Last year we enjoyed our group trip to Philadelphia. We stayed in the historic district, just a block or so from Independence Hall and around the corner from Ben Franklin's house. We toured Independence Hall, saw an exhibit at the American Philosophical Society (the first scientific society in the nation) on Jefferson and early America naturalist-explorers -- including notes and specimens collected in North Carolina. We enjoyed Philadelphia's cultural riches of museums and parks and food.

About Us

The aim of the Thomas Jefferson Scholars is to provide an environment of fellowship and support.  We combine intellectual and social fun, among students who are interested in both science and the humanistic disciplines.  We meet biweekly for programs, go on trips, and do service projects.  Scholars major in one of the biological or agricultural sciences and in one of the humanities or social sciences. We have a special course just for the Jeffersons each year.  Our Scholars are also members of other enrichment programs, including the the University Scholars and the Honors programs, and the Caldwell and Park fellowships. Successful graduates of the Jefferson Scholars Program receive a Bachelor's degree from each College.