Elizabethtown College students gained valuable experience this summer, working closely with faculty mentors on campus to perform independent student research as part of the Summer Scholarship, Creative Arts and Research Projects (SCARP) program. SCARP was created to support independent student research under the sponsorship of a faculty mentor. The program is a non-credit experiential learning program designed to enhance professional skills and provide a competitive advantage to participating students in the pursuit of career opportunities and graduate studies. It also serves as fulfills one of the two Signature Learning Experiences (SLE) all Etown students are required to complete prior to graduation.
Participating faculty scholars and researchers also benefit from student involvement in support of professional scholarship and research agendas.
“Some of these projects have the potential to really change people’s lives, such as through a better prosthetic arm or an inexpensive test for lead in drinking water,” remarked Susan Mapp, Associate Professor for Institutional Effectiveness and Innovation and a coordinator for the SCARP program. “Many of the opportunities that Etown students have would be reserved for graduate students at larger institutions, but here we have students who have just finished their first year completing hands-on research this summer. Students are then able to parlay this experience and the skills they develop into sought-after jobs and graduate school acceptances.”
Learn more about this Summer’s SCARP Projects:
A full list of previous projects can be found on the JayScholar @ Etown page.