Emerging Scholars Program

The Harvard College Emerging Scholars Program is an academic enrichment program that seeks to support STEM-interested students who are enrolled in introductory calculus. The program itself provides auxiliary support in a variety of ways, outside of a participating student’s enrollment in Math M.


Participation in a year-long Emerging Scholars seminar: A weekly seminar with math department faculty will focus on higher-level problem solving & cognition and offers students the opportunity to apply mathematical concepts to fields of interest. Complex multi-step problems and in-class projects are chosen to highlight problem-solving techniques such as generalization, induction, analogy, variation, reverse engineering, and specialization. Students collaborate to build mathematical models, critique arguments, analyze data, and present policy recommendations.

Personalized academic advising and support: Students participating in the program will have access to an experienced and knowledgeable team of academic advisors, which include long-time members of the Board of Freshman Advisors and alumni of the College, with faculty connections across the university.

Unique opportunities to engage with faculty: in an engaging and insightful faculty lunch series.

Extracurricular social events: such as field trips, movie nights, coffee hours, and other excursions on and off campus.

Math 1b summer study abroad in Italy: In the summer of 2018, the Scholars cohort will have the opportunity to take a semester abroad in Italy, completing Math 1b (and one other course) there before their sophomore year. Students find living and studying abroad an exciting and transforming experience.

The opportunity to pursue service volunteering: in the Cambridge-Allston community is available through a variety of relationships with area-based non-profits.

Questions may be directed to Hakim Walker at hjwalker@math.harvard.edu.