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Scholars Council

The Scholars Council was set up as a means for students in the Scholars Program to have an active voice in the planning and implementation of programs and events throughout the academic year.

The Scholars Council is an organization comprised of student members, faculty advisors, committee chairs and co-chairs, and is led by the Council Secretary. The mission is to integrate student ideas in all programming areas by incorportating the three pillars of the University Scholars Program (scholarship, leadership, and service) into the conceptualization of events and program ideals. The hope is to create a stronger bond amongst Scholars, and to help improve the Stony Brook University community and the community at large.

Each Fall, two students are elected from each SCH 101 class to serve on the Council, but meetings are open to all Scholars who wish to attend. Meeting dates can be found by clicking on the "Events" tab above.


Scholars Committees

With all the events and programs that University Scholars has to offer, we need students who are passionate about the Program to offer their input and help when it comes to planning these events. Thus, the Scholars Subcommittees were formed! There are currently three subcommittees; Academic (responsible for conceptualizing and assisting in the implementation of educational programs), Outreach (responsible for finding ways in which the Scholars can dedicate their time to helping others through community service opportunities both on- and off-campus), and the Social Committee (responsible for planning social and recreational events where Scholars can learn more about one another through fun and engaging activities). If you are interested in joining any of these subcommittees, please contact the Committee Leads listed below:

Scholars Fellows

Fellows are selected during the Fall semester of their freshman year to serve as mentors and Teaching Assistants for SCH 101 courses for the following Fall. This is a highly selective program, with only about 16 spots available each year. Fellows must maintain a 3.0 GPA, be in good judicial standing, pass their SCH 101 with a satisfactory grade, and not be found guilty of academic dishonesty. Those selected for the program enroll in a 1-credit semester-long training class that takes places in the Spring semester of their freshman year, where they will be trained on policies and procedures of the University; general education requirements; how to be an effective Teaching Assistant; student development theory; and best teaching and learning practices.

University Scholars Fellows 2019 

The Torch - Newsletter

The University Scholars Program is very proud of its newsletter, The Torch, which is released once each semester.  The interactive newsletter lets the campus community know what exciting events the SCH Program has in the works.  We are always looking for student writers and photographers.  For more information, or to get involved, please contact Francesca Conte at

Peer Assistant Leaders (PALS)

The Peer Assistant Leader Program is an opportunity for upperclassmen to receive 1 upper-division credit to serve as a mentor and role model to a few incoming freshmen in the same (or similar) area of study. Students also receive EXP+ credit for serving as a mentor. To apply to be a PAL, Scholars must have at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA, and be actively coded as a University Scholar. This opportunity is open to Sophomores (as long as they are not also taking SCH 276), Juniors, and Seniors. To learn more about the PAL Program, please email Nancy Puchner at