About the Program

The Scholars Program is for St. Luke's seniors eager to forge their own paths. After identifying a field or topic that fascinates and inspires them, students apply to the relevant Scholars program. If selected, each student then begins a deep dive into their chosen area of study - very much the equivalent of college-level work - that includes extensive independent research, consultations with faculty mentors, and, ultimately, a formal presentation of findings during St. Luke's Annual Scholar's Symposium. Many Scholars continue their research after their presentation. 

You may view students' presentations and read more about the Scholars program, "the highest form of independent scholarship here on the St. Luke’s Hilltop," further down this page and in these stories from 2023, 2022, and 2021.

Classical Scholars

Participants in the Classical Scholars Program undertake an enriched study of Latin and Greek. A senior-year research project, including classical humanities, completes the curriculum.

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Global Scholars

Seniors selected as Global Scholars complete in-depth analysis of a global issue, extensive language study, and an interdisciplinary capstone project.

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  • 2023 Global Scholars List

    Harrison Bennett
    Liquid Gold: The Role and Future of Oil in the United States, Saudi Arabia, & Russia

    Peter Corcoran
    A Study of Geopolitics: Outside Influences on the African Continent

    Phillip Etergino
    Powering our Future: The Effects of Nuclear Power Around the World

    Laura Haley
    Gunning Down the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Italian Mafia and Mexican Cartels

    Alex Holtzapffel
    Europe's Forgotten Frontier: War, Development, and Instability in the Balkans

    Cessa Lewis
    What is an Empowered Woman? Rethinking Women's Empowerment

    Thomas Ross
    Rotten Meat: The Environmental Implications of Beef Production

Literary Scholars

The Literary Scholars Program is a humanities-based intensive course of study that focuses on literary research, analysis, and interpretation.

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  • 2023 Literary Scholar List

    Toby Bloch
    Always A Woman: Female Exclusion in French Existentialist Literature and New Wave Cinema

    Peter Cioffi
    The Angry American: Steinbeck’s Critique of American Society in Search of Justice for the Lower Class

    Ale Lewis
    Eve: Coiled With Seduction and Sin

    Jane Mathews
    "What a Shame She's Stuck in Her Head": Separating the Life and Art of Sylvia Plath

    Macy Millones
    "Should've Put a Ring on It?": How Marriage Entrapped Victorian Women & How the Brontë Sisters Fought Back

    Flynn Partington
    Of This Earth: The Romance of Nature and the Capitalist Creed in American Literature

    Myles Sead
    Visions of Themselves: Baldwin and Lamar Reframing the Black Masculine Image

    Sofia Shklovsky
    (Un)Caged Bird: How Maya Angelou Shatters the Tortured Artist Archetype

STEM Scholars

The STEM curriculum includes the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students complete a set of core courses and a year-long research project in an approved field of study.

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  • 2023 STEM Scholars List

    Josephine DeMarco
    3D Modeling & Construction: Creating a Digital Model of SLS

    Grant Douglas
    Assessing the Reusability of 3D-Printed Nasal Swabs in Testing for COVID-19

    George Foster & Andrew Kress
    Zamboomba: An Ice-Resurfacing Machine for Home Use

    Hannah Gunn
    Genetic Interference: Using siRNA to Lessen the Symptoms of TRAPS

    Maggie Laguzza & Natalie Owsley
    Optimizing a Salt Water Battery: Examining the Effective Chemical Properties of Salt Water Energy

    Mason Pratt
    Solar Tracking: Cost-Benefit Analysis of Stationary and Moving Solar Panels

    Matt Riccardi
    Predicting Collegiate Sports Winning Percentages Through Statistical Analysis

    Kaan Savasoglu
    Migraine Alert: Predicting Weather-Related Migraines Using a Multi-Factor Model

    Caleb Seiden
    Projecting Injury in Professional Baseball via Statistical Inference

    Thomas Skinner
    Quantifying the Effect of Districts' Median Household Incomes on the Quality of Their Public High Schools

Cum Laude Society National Winners

St. Luke's Scholars have won three National Cum Laude awards for their work (three out of three entries) and each participant receives an honors distinction at St. Luke's graduation. This top honor is given to only one or two students nationwide.

Carolina Warneryd '19 was the winner for her STEM paper, "Engineering a Sanitation Solution for the Guatemala City Dump."

Amelia Wyckoff '18 was the winner for her Classical Scholars paper, "Villain or Victim: Sexuality, Gender, and Female Agency in Medea."

Sebastian Bates '14 won the award for his Classical Scholars essay, "A Wolf Among Many Hounds: Poetry, Politics, and Reform in Solon's Athens," which was published in the Concord Review.

Presentations from 2023

2023 Scholars' Presentations

Presentations from 2022

2022 Scholars' Presentations

Online Presentations from 2020 & 2021

2021 Scholars' Presentations
2020 Scholars' Presentations
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