Prodesse Scholars Program

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The Prodesse Scholars Program (formerly known as the University Academic Scholars Program) is an intensive one-year experience within an interdisciplinary area of study, also known as a theme. Programming for each theme is led by a faculty expert and supported by one of Miami’s interdisciplinary centers or institutes.


Interdisciplinary Themes

As a Prodesse Scholar, you will join high-achieving peers who bring multiple perspectives from multiple majors to one of the themes below. Scholars within each theme take a first-year course together, receive customized career counseling, participate in at least one co-curricular activity, and have the option to reside together in a Living Learning Community.

When applying for the Prodesse Scholars Program, you will have the opportunity to choose your top three choices from among the following themes:

  1. Arts, Activism, and Advocacy
  2. Constitutional Conversations
  3. Creative Writing Workshop
  4. Credibility and Deception in Media and Film
  5. Critical Topics in Health
  6. Design Thinking & Digital Innovation
  7. Environmental Justice
  8. Epidemics & Inequity in Global Cultural Contexts
  9. Race and the Problem of Racism
  10. Truth, Lies, and the News
  11. World Creativity & Innovation
  12. You and the Natural World

Scholarships and Programming

Prodesse Scholars earn an annual $1,000-$2,000 scholarship (renewable for up to four years) and must complete a first-year seminar or course and an approved co-curricular activity or project, to retain the award.

Through Prodesse Scholars programming and activities, you will recognize the value of learning and working with individuals from multiple disciplines and how this integrated approach to education provides an excellent foundation for all career paths.