Category: Scholars Spotlight


Frequently Asked Questions   How do I know the Whittier Scholars Program (WSP, or “Scholars”) is right for me? You are guided through a process of discovery by first meeting with either our Program Director or Associate Director to discuss your individual interests and goals. You are also encouraged to meet with your advisor or …

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Self-Designed Majors

Recent Majors created by Whittier Scholars graduates Students in the Whittier Scholars Program can design individualized majors and minors, as well as pursue any existing major at the College. Below is an alphabetical list of over 100 majors created and completed by 2014 – 2019 graduates. Many simultaneously completed secondary majors or minors in existing …

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How to Schedule your Educational Design Charrette

The Educational Design Process How does the individualized design process begin? The Educational Design process lies at the heart of the Whittier Scholars Program. Each year, students participate in individualized mentoring checkpoints that focus on maximizing their college experience and connecting their choices to their evolving life and career goals. This post discusses the first stage …

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Scholars in the World

All students in the Whittier Scholars program integrate at least one “off-campus experience” into their individualized pathway toward graduation. Students undertake internships in their planned fields of work, intensive research experiences either in the United States or abroad, the engage in community-based learning where they put their skills to use helping nonprofits, or they study …

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Maya Eylon ’19 publishes research into autism

Between her junior and senior years, Eylon joined an international team of scientists in Israel for a summer-long research project studying the endocannabinoid levels in children with autism. Endocannabinoids play an important role in a diverse range of neurophysiological processes including neural development, neuroimmune function, synaptic plasticity, pain, reward and affective state. After she and …

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