University Academic Scholars Program

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The University Academic Scholars Program (UASP) is designed to enable our best and brightest students to engage more deeply in their specific fields of interest by awarding unparalleled access to Miami’s most renowned programs, distinguished faculty mentors, cutting-edge research and internship experiences, and personal connection with key university officials and guests.

Advantages

  • $1,000 – $2,000 annual scholarship in addition to other merit awards for which students qualify.
  • A community whose members are seen as the academic leaders on campus.
  • Invitation-only receptions with Miami University key officials.
  • Immediate, meaningful relationships with leading faculty before students even arrive on campus.
  • Specialized academic advising to chart college paths and foster networking connections in academic fields of study.
  • Guaranteed placement in some of Miami’s most competitive experiential learning opportunities.
  • Access to University Honors Program courses.
  • Guaranteed placement in an Honors Living-Learning Community.
  • Opportunities for engaging internships and full-immersion preceptorships with Miami alumni.
  • Seminars with other Scholars to sharpen the professional skills that employers demand.
  • Designated study room and special borrowing privileges with University Libraries.
  • Guaranteed invitation to Omicron Delta Kappa.
  • Exclusive UASP community-wide events.
  • Unique opportunities to engage with distinguished guest speakers and lecturers.
  • Designation as a fellow in the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute, a program committed to developing leaders for a changing world.

Student Stories

Elaine Gossard

Elaine Gossard
UASP Designation: Engineering and Computing Scholar
Major: Bioengineering
Minor: Disability Studies

“I think the most surprising thing to me that I learned at my time with NASA is the interdisciplinary nature of engineering, and not just engineering! There is so much to learn from everyone around you and everyone you work and interact with on a daily basis. The broader we can extend our knowledge and the more liberal of an education we can gain from the world around us, the better.”

Student Stories

Kyle Denman

Kyle Denman
UASP Designation: Law and Public Policy Scholar
Major: Political Science
Minor: Business Legal Studies

“The UASP Law and Public Policy Designation connected me with an alumni mentor and with other students who are driven and interested in the same field as I am — becoming a lawyer. This has allowed me to really network both on and off campus in very unique and hands-on ways. My mentor is a partner in the commercial litigation practice group at a Cincinnati law firm. His profession relates closely to my career interests, and he’s been a constant resource and very encouraging.”

Student Stories

Jamie Berray

Jamie Berray
UASP Designation: Education, Health and Society (EHS) Leadership Scholar
Majors: Nutrition, Public Health

Jamie interned at the Cleveland Clinic in the Center for Human Nutrition. She worked on data collection, analyzed educational material handouts, observed in-patient procedures, and provided out-patient consultations on diet education and medical nutrition therapy.

She also completed an internship with the Cleveland Food Bank, which focused on community nutrition and education outreach. This experience perfectly combined Jamie’s two areas of academic study—nutrition and public health.

Student Stories

Esther Ladipo

Esther Ladipo
UASP Designation: Farmer School of Business (FSB) Scholar
Major: Finance
Minors: Entrepreneurship and Black World Studies

“My University Academic Scholars Program advisor in the Farmer School of Business (FSB) guided me to an accounting internship with Procter & Gamble the summer after my freshman year. With her guidance and with the programs put on by the FSB Scholars, like LinkedIn 101, resumé workshops, a StrengthsFinder workshop, and the Executive Speaker series, I have been able to take full advantage of the amazing opportunities at Miami.”

Student Stories

Jessie Bayer

Jessie Bayer
UASP Designation: Education, Health and Society (EHS) Leadership Scholar
Major: Kinesiology

“The Education, Health and Society (EHS) Leadership Scholars coordinator paired all the EHS Scholars with a professor for research or teaching opportunities. I conducted background research for an article Dr. Sam Morris was writing about the controversy over Native American sports mascots. I loved that I was given this opportunity within my first semester of college. That’s a chance that most students take years to get. I’ve also developed a great relationship with Dr. Morris, who I can go to for grad school recommendation letters.”

Faculty Spotlights

Wil Haygood

Wil Haygood
UASP Designation: Writing Scholars

Miami grad Wil Haygood, an acclaimed journalist who has been a star reporter for both the Washington Post and Boston Globe as well as a Pulitzer Prize finalist, teaches “The Personal Memoir” course for UASP Writing Scholars. He is also serving as the Boadway Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence in Miami’s Department of Media, Journalism and Film.

Faculty Spotlights

Pat Haney

Pat Haney
UASP Designation: Law & Public Policy Scholars

Dr. Patrick Haney is a professor in the Department of Political Science, as well as an associate dean of the College of Arts & Science. He is currently working on two main projects. He continues to research and write about domestic actors and the U.S. foreign policy process, and he is also working with the Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs to develop projects on inter-local homeland security as well as training modules for local government homeland security initiatives.

Faculty Spotlights

Jim Tobin

Jim Tobin
UASP Designation: Writing Scholars

Dr. James (Jim) Tobin specializes in literary journalism and narrative history. His first book, “Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II”, won the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award for biography. His other books are "To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight” (Free Press, 2003) and “The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency” (Simon & Schuster, 2013). He worked for 12 years a reporter for The Detroit News, where his reporting was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Faculty Spotlights

Denise Taliaferro Basile

Denise Taliaferro Baszile
UASP Designations: EHS Scholars

Dr. Taliaferro Baszile is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. Denise is also the associate dean of Diversity and Student Experience for the College of Education, Health and Society. Her research focuses on understanding curriculum as racial/gendered text with an emphasis on disrupting traditional modes of knowledge production, validation, and representation. Her scholarship draws on curriculum theory, critical race theory, and Black feminist theory and seeks a fuller understanding rather than simply a legitimate understanding of the dynamic relationship between race, gender, and curriculum broadly conceived.

Faculty Spotlights

Jonathan Levy

Jonathan Levy
UASP Designation: Sustainability Scholars

Dr. Jonathan Levy is an associate professor in the Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science, and also serves as the director of IES (Institute for the Environment & Sustainability). In addition to his teaching, Levy’s research addresses how to improve our capability to make reliable and practical predictions of contaminant fate and transport in groundwater systems. In 2012, he was selected for a National Geographic grant for his work on climate change and water resources in southern Jordan.

Faculty Spotlights

David Pennock

David Pennock
UASP Designation: Premedical Scholars

Dr. David Pennock is a professor in the Department of Biology and director of the Mallory-Wilson Center for Healthcare Education. The programs and services of the Mallory-Wilson Center focus on students in the Premedical Studies co-major.