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Scholars Academy Program, University of Calgary. Presentation on the new program delivered at NACADA, Region 8 conference in Portland 2012.

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Scholars Academy, University of Calgary

  1. 1. Scholars Academy Program Braden O’Neill, 2011 Rhodes
  2. 2. Why a Scholars Academy? “One reason for the Ivies’ historical dominance, aside from enrolling and nurturing top students, is their elaborate prepping mechanisms that accord students everything from mock interviews to instruction in table manners.” Brownstein, Andrew. “Ambitious Colleges End the Ivy Lock on Prestigious Fellowships.” Chronicle of Higher Education 48.3 (2001). Program conceived by Chancellor Emeritus Joanne Cuthbertson and modeled on successful programs in the US that employ developmental advising models as a framework to support high- achievers. High-achievers: high academic standing (though not necessarily gifted), intellectually curious, inspired by research, determined, articulate, and community focused. Tomorrow’s leaders in research, industry, and
  3. 3. Common Concerns of High-Achievers Multipotentiality/Identity Concerns Stress of High Expectations High levels of anxiety Early career/identity foreclosure Time Management Fear of failure Peer relationships (lack of emotional intelligence) Low self-esteem outside academic success Coping with life issues without compromising
  4. 4. Scholars Academy: EligibilityMinimum of 3.6 (CGPA)One year of completedundergraduate studyLeadership potentialAcademically inclinedAmbitious and articulateReturn to communityAll faculties
  5. 5. Program Benefits (aside from tartan scarves)Dedicated advisor;Recognized on official transcript under “Awards and Scholarships” andon your Co-Curricular Record;Travel Awards limited to students in the Scholars Academy to covercosts of presenting at academic conferences;The cohort experience: the stimulation and influence of peers equallyambitious and successful from interdisciplinary backgrounds;Annual Retreat with professional development workshops, personalgrowth seminars, and the planning of your Cohort Charity Project;Mentorship from an external community member;Attend prestigious university/community events and have theopportunity to network with the big leagues;Exclusive speaker series;Dedicated study lounge.
  6. 6. First Cohort: Some StatisticsOf the 23 students comprising the first cohort, 5are graduating:1 scholar admitted to Harvard Law2 Rhodes Scholarship finalists1 scholar admitted to Osgoode Law School withscholarship1 scholar admitted to Master’s program at LundUniversity1 scholar admitted to Master’s program at McGill1 scholar admitted to Master’s program at LondonSchool of Economics with scholarshipSome statistics: OverallOver 250 combined awards and scholarshipsAverage CGPA 3.86 (4 have perfect GPAs)High School Valedictorians: 4Work Part-Time: 14Play piano: 8Professional Bakers: 3All athletically involved: kickboxing, skiing, climbing,tennis, dancing, and one male cheerleader whoparticipated in the World Championships in 2010
  7. 7. Meet a Scholar: TayaCity of Birth: Omsk, Russia Faculty/Program: Arts (Psychology)Favourite Book: Master and MargaritaWords to Live By: Everything happens for the Previous Degrees: BSc and MSc (Computer science)best CGPAs: 4.0Grandest Achievement: Going back to theuniversityBiggest Mistake: Not filing for an immigrationstatus for my parents when it was a good time todo it.Role Model: My x-fiancéCharity of Choice: Doctors Without BordersPerson, dead or alive, you’d like to have dinnerwith tonight: The two of my grandparents whohad passed awayFinish the sentence: In 10 years I will figure outthe formula for happy life
  8. 8. Meet a Scholar: YanCity of Birth: A City in China with a difficult to pronounce Englishname.Favourite Book: Dont Sweat the Small Stuff, by Richard Faculty/Program: Medicine (ungraded)Carlson Previous Degree: BSc in Biology (4.0)Words to Live By: "in three words I can summarize everything Ilearned about life: it goes on." - Robert Frost Medical Class: 2014 (aka: Hellbenders)Grandest Achievement: Successful prenatal embryonic + fetaldevelopmentBiggest Mistake: inheriting the short-sightedness allele from myparentsRole Model: Dr Doran (yes, you can ask me "who" and "why" - ifyou dont know him, you should!)Charity of Choice: Marthas Table, a local Kingston, Ontarionon-charity style "restaurant" for those in need of food.Person, dead or alive, you’d like to have dinner with tonight:Someone I dont yet know Ive met or havent met yet.Finish the sentence: In 10 years I will be hopefully minimizingthe number of mistakes I make on the wards or in clinic.
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  10. 10. Questions?Veronique RamProgram CoordinatorScholars AcademyUniversity of