YoungBike 2007Krista Young designed a field of study on Global Health, then received a scholarship to travel to Denmark and study healthcare in Scandinavia in the Medical Practice and Policy Program at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad.Polymathic Scholars (PS) is a unique honors program that provides selected undergraduates in the College of Natural Sciences the opportunity to design an interdisciplinary field of study outside their major. Polymaths also enjoy the benefits of other honors programs in the College: the welcoming atmosphere of a small community of scholars, an innovative degree plan, individualized advising, unprecedented access to advanced courses, small seminars taught by the best faculty, special academic and social events, interaction with exceptionally talented students, scholarship opportunities, and authentic research experiences.

Polymaths take a series of courses developed specifically for honors students that are taught by distinguished faculty in the sciences and humanities. Once Polymaths have completed the coursework for their self-designed field of study, they conduct a research-based thesis under the direction of a faculty committee.

For a much more in-depth look at the Polymathic Scholars program, including membership of its faculty steering committee, criteria for selection, and an examination of the program's culminating research experience, the Capstone thesis, see our 2014-15 Handbook.