Cherng Scholars & Fellows Programs

The Cherng Program supports a number of our Scholars & Fellows Programs, including the Cherng Scholars and Show-Me Scholars, ASH Scholars (Documenting Luyia Project, 2016—present; Minorities in the News, 2019—present), Stamps Scholars, and the Cherng Summer Scholars.

Many of our most accomplished juniors and seniors become Cherng Summer Scholars and participate in a full-time, summer research or artistry program. At the conclusion of the summer the research and artistry projects are presented at the Summer Undergraduate Research Forum. Below are the members of previous cohorts.
CSS 2021

August Hemmerla | Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry
Cade McKnelly | Economics
Kevin Hahn | Biological Sciences
Kylee Isom | Art-BFA
Mac McMullan | Journalism
Quinn Cunningham | Physics, Linguistics
Rachel Henderson | Journalism
Sofia Voss | Film Studies, Art History
Taylor Volkers | Biological Engineering


CSS 2020

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Thomas DeLong | Biology, History
John Gordon | Biochemistry
Jacob Hager | Economics, Math
Emily Harrelson | Biochemistry
Leo Koenigsfeld | Biochemistry, Plant Sciences
Madison (Maddy) LaChance | Biology
Juliann Leak | Biology, Psychology
Tessi Rickabaugh | Women’s and Gender Studies, Religious Studies
Donia Shawn | Biology, Psychology
Paige Smith | Health Science – Public Health
Landon Swartz | Computer Engineering
Evann Twitchell | Journalism
Cherng Summer Scholars 2020


CSS 2019

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Sarah Gilmer | Archaeology, Anthropology
Mollie Harrison | Chemical Engineering
Toni Morcos | Biological Sciences, Sociology (minor)
Reagan Myers | Journalism
J.D. Peiffer | Biomedical Engineering, Math (minor)
Emmalee Reed | Photojournalism
Jolie Welch | Biology, Psychology
Andrew Yowell | Biological Sciences, Psychology (minor)



CSS 2018

Rebecca Craigg | Biology
Patrick Cronley | Biology, Psychology
Kyra Flora | Fisheries and Wildlife
Sai Gajagowni | Biology, Psychology
Sally Heil | Biology
Beckie Jaeckels | Journalism
Skyler Kramer | Biochemistry
Elizabeth Kujath | Linguistics
Emelyn Piotter | Biology (not pictured)
Sarah Pribe | International Studies, English
Sam Ritter | Meteorology
Caroline Statler | Biology

CSS 2017

Aiden Alemifar | Biological Engineering
Julia Brose | Biochemistry
Thomas Cassimatis | Biological Sciences
Clarabelle Fields | Classical Studies
Baylee Francka | Psychology (not pictured)
Jacqueline Ihnat | Business Management
Riley Messer| Political Science
Abbey Robinson | Biological Sciences
Jade Thomas | Anthropology
Tessa Valleroy | Anthropology
Ethan Zars | Chemistry
Braden Zink | Biological Sciences

Cherng Scholars are awarded a four-year program of support and engagement opportunities that span the gamut of high-impact practices. Scholars will take a dedicated tutorial, undertake research, study abroad or study away, and have an opportunity to serve as a TA for an Honors course.

Acquisition of practical skills, the direct application of knowledge, and advancing in one’s chosen field of study are the three facets at the core of our Cherng Scholars program, each designed to foster a different facet of a participant’s education.

In addition to the scholarship programming, Cherng Scholars also participate in exclusive programs through which they will develop and enhance both “soft skills” and advanced academic practices. They are also provided with opportunities to enroll in dedicated honors classes, participate in study abroad or study away, serve as a Teaching Assistant for an Honors College class, and present their work at various academic and professional conferences. These are truly transformational programs.

The CIRCA Scholars Program, a problem-based interdisciplinary approach to learning and research (Cherng Interdisciplinary Research in Contemporary Affairs) was built upon a two-semester course sequence and study abroad/away experiences that explores the interconnected threads of current issues and problems facing humanity.

First semester students examined global issues, from peace and conflict to education and learning, by defining problems, analyzing different stakeholder’s perspectives, reviewing evidence, and re-framing solutions. Second semester, students choose one global issue to look into more deeply, framed through a research and leadership approach.

The program was in operation for two years and then was transformed and incorporated into another Scholars & Fellows program in 2018.

CIRCA Scholars Class 2017-18
CIRCA Scholars Class of 2018-19