What is RSSP?

The purpose of RSSP is to both strengthen the pipeline for attracting diverse scientists to Georgetown and to provide more support, more structure, more opportunities, in order to create an equitable scientific community in which all scientists feel welcomed and valued.

Admissions and Recruitment

Admissions

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions is committed to fulfilling a core Georgetown value by welcoming to our campus a strong and diverse group of students. It is joined in these efforts by faculty and staff from appropriate campus units, including CSP, GSP, and RSSP.

“The admissions committee, for example, has to struggle with whether or not to say yes to a student in that [disadvantaged] situation, because they don’t know that that student’s going to have the capacity to make it through the very demanding program despite the fact that they’re a very good candidate otherwise…By having the Regents Science Scholars Program in place now, our admissions committee has a greater sense of confidence that this is going to work.

Charles Deacon, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

Hoya Saxa Recruiting Weekends

Hosted by the Center for Multicultural Equity & Access (CMEA) in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Hoya Saxa weekends are held for admitted students every spring.

The CMEA coordinates and funds student travel to campus and provides new students programming with current Hoyas, faculty and staff.

Hoya Saxa Weekend, 2017 DC Activity Day

Pre-1st Year Summer Program

The Community Scholars Summer Program facilitates students transition from high school to college prior to the start of first year. Students spend five weeks living at Georgetown and taking two credit-bearing courses prior to the first year: Writing & Culture, an intensive critical reading and writing course; and a second Summer Session class, chosen by each student’s Academic Dean. Incoming science majors and pre-med students enroll in Explorations in Biological Chemistry.

The CSP Summer program has two main goals: provide Scholars with exposure to the pace and rigor of coursework at Georgetown; and initiate the formation of a strong community among students, faculty, and staff.

Core Feature: Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE)

In addition to the broader program goals, scholars gain research experience that anchors the course content.

Faculty

Prof. Heidi Elmendorf, Director of the Regents Science Scholars Program
Prof. Ted Nelson, Human Science
Prof. Jan LaRocque, Human Science

Academic Year Programming

RSSP Online Bridge Modules

To provide support beyond Freshman year, faculty involved in the Regents Science Scholars Program have designed online bridge modules to prepare Scholars for the intellectual challenges—new concepts, deeper dives into primary scientific literature, raised expectations for written work—of upper level science courses.

Core Feature: Bridge modules are run online.

Online bridge modules are specially designed to allow students to be involved in extracurriculars, maintain employment, or meet other commitments during their academic year. 

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