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 will include our usual Shack-a-Thon fundraising for charity, some wonderful speakers at our Monday evening meetings, and a group trip to Charleston in September. In the Spring, the scholars will host their third annual Jefferson Scholars Lecture, a public event with a prestigious lecturer on a topic at the intersection of science and society.
Last year we inaugurated a new part of the Jefferson Scholars Program -- an international experience for the third-year students at the end of the Spring semester. We traveled to Bermuda with faculty members, staying at the historic Biological Station. We were able to visit caves and maritime ecological communities with park naturalists, dive on the reef with a Station biologist, get a rare visit to the ecological preserve and Cahow restoration site Nonsuch Island, tour the NSF ocean-going research vessel, and explore the local culture of this unusual island.
The May 2014 group decided on a very different destination -- Italy. We explored Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, and the Pompeii archaeological site. Somehow, we crammed two thousand years of history and culture into a highly diverse trip.
As a group, all the Scholars enjoyed our pilgrimage to Monticello and Mr. Jeffersons' University (otherwise known as University of Virginia), with a chance to explore the setting and context of Thomas Jefferson's life.
We hosted our second event in the annual Jefferson Scholars Lecture series, with Nobel Laureate Dr. Oliver Smithies speaking to a public audience on creativity and discovery in science.
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.