Thinking about a career in the sciences?

The Connecticut College Science Leaders Program is a challenging undergraduate program that will prepare you for a wide range of science-related careers and provide a solid foundation for graduate study or medical school.

The program is open to all prospective science majors at Connecticut College who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents, but we are particularly focused on students from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences. Admission priority will be given to women, students of color, students with disabilities, first-generation college students and students who are economically disadvantaged.

Science Leaders are identified during the application review process and are notified of their acceptance into the program at the same time they receive their acceptance to Connecticut College.

As a science student at Connecticut College, you will experience:

  • Small classes and labs
  • Hands-on experience with sophisticated equipment
  • Independent study with a faculty mentor
  • Funds to support student research and internships
  • Opportunities to learn outside the classroom
  • Close collaborations with faculty that may lead to co-authoring professional papers or co-presenting at scientific conferences
  • Opportunities to explore areas of interest to you from multiple perspectives

Science Leaders will also receive:

Why study science at Connecticut College?

Connecticut College is a small, residential, liberal arts college. This means that we are focused on developing broad knowledge and critical intellectual skills in undergraduate students. Our highly accessible faculty are committed to teaching, mentoring and undergraduate research. We support and train young scientists in ways that larger universities cannot.

Connecticut College is a leader in interdisciplinary studies, in which problems and questions are examined with the perspectives and methodologies of several different academic disciplines. That’s another great reason to study science here. Research in the sciences increasingly involves multiple disciplines, particularly collaborations among the biological sciences, mathematics and computer science.

With your choice of an academic Pathway, you’ll explore an issue that interests you through a series of interconnected courses in different disciplines. You may also choose to combine a science major with academic work in the humanities, arts or social sciences.

Leading the Science Leaders program is Joseph Schroeder, associate professor of psychology and director of the behavioral neuroscience program. As part of the program, faculty and students work to increase interest in science among high school students by team-teaching at partnership high schools, presenting at science summer camps and volunteering through new and existing community outreach programs at local schools.

Launched in 2007, the Science Leaders program is funded by The National Science Foundation; The Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation; The Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Inc., whose funding established the Hoffman Scholars Fund that provides scholarships to Science Leader students; The Petit Family Foundation.

See the Science Leaders Program Fact Sheet (pdf).