Science Scholars

The vision of the Gerald and Sally DeNardo Science Scholars program is to support the undergraduate research experience of outstanding science students with Santa Clara University faculty mentors. Scholars receive academic year and summer research awards, with additional resources for supplies and travel. The program is funded through a generous endowment created by Gerald and Sally DeNardo.


The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Gerald and Sally DeNardo Science Scholars. Science faculty are invited to encourage a student they have been mentoring in basic or applied research, or a student of whom they have knowledge. Students are also encouraged to seek out a faculty mentor if they are interested in applying.


Each DeNardo Science Scholar receives an academic year research award of $2,500 through graduation; a summer research award of $5,000 per summer for up to two summers; and a single supply award of $2,000. A preference is given to applicants in their sophomore year, although outstanding freshmen and juniors are encouraged to apply. Students must meet the criteria including, but not limited to, proven academic accomplishment, relevant prior and current active research experience, and a commitment to pursuing a career in the health sciences broadly defined. More information can be found at DeNardo Lectureship in the Health Sciences.

Submit proposals to Electronic submission of proposals is required.

Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2018

Proposals must not exceed five (5) pages (be brief!) and must include the following information:

  1. Student Information: Name, SCU I.D. number, local address, telephone, email address, major(s)/minor(s), overall G.P.A., expected graduation year

  2. Faculty Mentor Information: Name, department, contact information

  3. Your background in science: Classes, summer jobs, internships, etc.

  4. Your previous and current research experience: May include research in the lab, coursework, or high school experience

  5. Your goals for the future: Direct relation to work in the health sciences broadly defined

  6. Research Project Title

  7. Research Project Description: brief abstract accessible to the non-specialist

  8. Research Plan: Include a clear definition of the problem and/or hypothesis to be addressed, a brief research design outline including methods and timeline, and the significance of the proposed work in the context of the health sciences. Develop this research plan with the help of your faculty mentor. Be specific about your (the student) role in the project.

  9. Expected Outcomes: Anticipated presentations and/or publications (on or off campus)

  10. Other Funding: Please provide other current and/or pending on-campus student awards or funding for this project. Students cannot receive more than one award for the same project.

Faculty Mentor Support Letter: A separate one-page letter of support from the faculty mentor must be included with the following information: experience working with the student; support and enthusiasm for the research proposal and the student; role the student will play in the project; the student’s unique qualifications they will bring to the research program.

If you have any questions, please contact Marie Brancati, Director of Strategic Initiatives, College of Arts and Sciences, 408-554-2301.