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The Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement is Denison's campus hub for programs that promote intellectual life on campus. We mentor and support students and alumni applying for nationally-competitive fellowships and scholarships; coordinate the Summer Scholar programs; and serve as a contact point and funding hub for a wide range of academic enrichment programs and activities.
The Reid and Polly Anderson Endowment was established in 1987 by Reid Anderson (class of 1938) and Polly Anderson. The purpose of the endowment is three-fold:
Support research opportunities for students through the Anderson Summer Research Assistantships.
Award full-tuition academic scholarships in the sciences through the Anderson Scholarship for Excellence in Science.
Host a notable speaker in the sciences each year through the Reid and Polly Anderson Lecture Series.
Anderson Summer Research Assistantships
To apply for a summer research assistantship in the sciences, a student writes a proposal to conduct a research project under the guidance of a Denison science faculty member.
Recipients of an assistantship award receive a stipend and housing costs for 10 weeks, and a small budget for research purposes. In recent years there have been 28-32 Anderson Research Assistantships awarded each summer. The Anderson Research Assistantships are part of Denison's Summer Scholars Program.
Each Anderson student (and other students conducting research in the sciences) produces a poster about the research activity and presents it at the Summer Science Symposium.
Anderson Scholarship for Excellence in Science
Sophomore science majors who are very strong academically are identified and nominated by the science departments usually in January or February. Students are invited to apply and a committee of science faculty reviews the applications (March). Finalists are interviewed by the faculty committee, which selects the recipient for the scholarship (April). The recipient receives a full tuition award for the junior and senior year and is guaranteed an Anderson Summer Research Assistantship for the summer after the junior year.