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.

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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  • 2024 Global Scholars List

    Izzy Levi
    Terror by Proxy: Iran's Global Terrorism Footprint

    Atara Loewenberg
    Lingering Impacts: How Colonialism Shaped Ethiopia, Ghana, and Rwanda

    Charlie Lukens
    From Depths to Demolition: Unveiling the Impacts of the Global Fishing Industry and Its Harsh Implications for Future Generations

    Calum Regan
    The History of the Mafia: America’s Toxic Relationship with Organized Crime 

    Malcolm Stewart
    Stemming a Global Crisis: India's Transition to Renewable Energy

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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    Will Drapkin
    From Spice Dreams to Societal Schemes: Unraveling the Mirage of Unconstrained Visions in Dune

    Jack Lyons
    The Anti-Rationalist: Dostoyevsky’s Philosophical Insurgency and Critique of Reason

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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    McLain Boege
    Transportation-Based Carbon Emissions at St. Luke’s School: A Mitigation Study

    Eli Brody & Patrick Regan
    A Statistical Analysis of NFL Concussion Frequency Across Multiple Parameters

    Megan Case
    Optimizing Clay Flocculation to Remove Harmful Algal Blooms

    Bradford Cooper & Huett Nelson
    Optimizing Isobaric Calorimetry for High School Laboratories

    Bryan Larkin
    Developing a Greener Alternative to Amazon Packaging: Experimentation with Biodegradable Materials

    Sarah Lau & Kelly Neuner
    Optimizing the Effectiveness of Simple Topical Hemostatics

    Olivia Lee
    Predicting Volleyball Service Quality Through Video Analysis

    Michael Luther
    Assessing the Feasibility of Producing a GPS-Tracked Golf Ball

    Watson Meyer & Sankalp Ojha
    Harnessing Hydropower: The Optimization of a Portable Micro-Generator

    Nicole Perez
    Testing Pattern Recognition Differences Between Athletes and Non-Athletes at St. Luke’s School

    Sylvia Samardzija
    Using AI Video Analytics to Standardize Scoring in Synchronized Ice Skating

    Alexandra Young
    Developing an Affordable Partial Front Limb Canine Prosthetic

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.

There are no Classical Scholars in 2024.

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 2024

2024 Scholars' Presentations

Presentations from 2023

2023 Scholars' Presentations

Presentations from 2022

2022 Scholars' Presentations
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