Eligibility and Application Process


  • Innovation Scholars is open to current CSB and SJU Juniors and Seniors only; in particular, those who meet a GPA requirement of 3.2 or above.
  • Students with majors or interests in hysiology, business, market research, entrepreneurship, human factors, engineering, statistics, physics, and pre-allied health professionals may be given preference
  • Willingness to commit to approximately 150-160 hours of virtual and in-person work will occur between October and March.
  • Willingness to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Application Process:
Applicants should submit their online application by the September deadline. The application will ask for uploads of the following:

1. Cover letter/personal statement that explicitly addresses the questions:

  • Why do you want to participate in Innovation Scholars ?
  • This program is an interdisciplinary team research experience; we seek self-starters who can work independently, can collaborate well with others, possess strong communication skills, are tolerant of ambiguity, and are visionary/forward-thinking. Describe your ability to meet these qualifications.

2. Resume 

3. Copy of transcript 

4. Information on other time commitments between October and March

4. Optional: Name of a faculty/staff reference that can discuss your research ability, work ethic, and communication.


For general questions about the program, students may also contact Lindsey Gunnerson Gutsch at lgutsch001@csbsju.edu.

For helpful tips on writing responses for the cover letter, résumé writing, and interview techniques, please visit the XPD website