Dana Scholars Program

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What is the GPA required to be a Dana Scholar?
What are the Dana-directed studies?
How do you obtain and register internships/mentorships?
What is the Dana Forum?
How are Dana Scholars selected?
What are the differences between Muhlenberg Scholars, RJ Fellows, and Dana Scholars?



What is the GPA required to be a Dana Scholar?
The GPA requirement for Dana Scholars is 3.33. Dana Scholars must establish a cumulative GPA of 3.33 by the end of their first academic year, assuming full-time student status of at least 3.0 courses per semester. Should a Dana Scholar's cumulative GPA fall below 3.33 by the end of the first academic year or any subsequent semester, the student must petition the Dana Faculty Committee prior to the internship. The petitions must be written to Dr. Mohsin Hashim within a week of receiving final grades. No internship registered in other departments will be accepted retroactively.



What are the "Dana-directed studies?"
"Dana-directed studies" refers to a mentorship that a Dana Scholar can put on his or her transcript as a course unit. Students will develop their Dana Scholars Directed Study with a faculty member of their choice. Students are encouraged to develop projects that emphasize creativity or original thought, rather than producing summaries of previous work. Dana Scholars Directed Studies can take any form as long as it is agreeable with the student and the mentoring faculty member. The Study may culminate in a paper, performance, presentation, or any other final product deemed appropriate.



How do you obtain and register internships/mentorships?
Currently internships offered by the Washington semester, student teaching, and the Hahnemann 4-4 Program are recognized as satisfying up to 1.0 units of Dana requirements. Internships not listed above and not registered as a Dana internship can be used to satisfy Dana requirements only if approved by the Dana Faculty Committee prior to the internship. Internships in the Dana Program are registered in the same way as any other department. The student must obtain a form from the Registar and secure the appropriate signatures to receive credit.

What is the Dana Forum?
1.0 unit of the mentorship requirement will be satisfied with a course called the Dana Forum. In the Forum, students in teams of two or three will research a topic related to the College's Center for Ethics theme. The Dana Forum will be completed during the Dana Scholar's senior year.



How are Dana Scholars selected?
Dana Scholars are selected from a pool of talented high school applicants by the four members of the Dana Faculty Committee. The Committee looks for more than the cookie cutter straight-A student. Chosen Dana Scholars are unique students who are distinguished as creative and independent individuals.



What are the differences between Muhlenberg Scholars, RJ Fellows, and Dana Scholars?
Dana scholars are assigned to one of the first year seminars designed specifically for Danas. Afterwards, they are required to satisfy 3.0 course units of independent internships/mentorships under faculty guidance.

Muhlenberg Scholars are required to take Scholars Courses in all fields of study: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. In their Senior year, they must take a seminar and complete a Scholars project.

RJ Fellows are required to take a specially designed first year seminar as a group. Like Muhlenberg Scholars, they must complete courses in all fields of study. Additionally, they take a Senior Signature Interdisciplinary course and participate in the planning and execution of the annual RJ Symposium, a public program involving former RJ Fellows, scholars, and speakers in appropriate fields.