Office of Scholarly Engagement

Engaging Students Outside the Classroom

The Office of Scholarly Engagement's programs offer meaningful student-faculty interactions and immersive learning opportunities to help students develop and hone their leadership skills, realize their potential as scholars, and actualize their role as changemakers.


Antonian Honors Program

This cohort-based academic experience is built around a strong community and culminates in the creation and completion of a rigorous independent thesis. Since the program began in 1986, it has graduated over 300 Antonian Scholars.

These students have been awarded Fulbrights, elected to student government, and engaged in collaborative research, before going on to successful careers as judges, graphic artists, attorneys, professors, and academic deans.

Antonian Honors Program

Competitive Fellowships

Faculty and staff provide intensive, one-on-one mentoring to student candidates. The application and interview process itself cultivates intellectual growth and awareness of career trajectories, propelling students toward greater post-graduate success.

In 2019, eight students applied for Fulbright grants to conduct research or teach English throughout the world. Two received scholarships, and four were selected as semi-finalists. In 2018, two of our three Fulbright applicants received scholarships, and one student was named a Truman Scholar for her public service.

Competitive Fellowships

Community Work and Learning

Facilitating meaningful community engagement through course-based work, scholarship, and student employment, students have opportunities to practice critical and creative thinking while gaining real-world experience.

In 2015, St. Kate’s was one of just 36 private U.S. colleges and universities to receive the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Community Work and Learning

Global Studies

Advancing the University’s mission and vision through engagement with global cultures, communities, and environments, these experiential programs provide both liberal arts and professional experience with an emphasis on accessibility, inclusion, and cultural sensitivity.

In 2018–2019:

  • 232 St. Kate’s students studied abroad with 27 St. Kate’s professors.
  • 66 students participated in third-party study abroad programs.
  • Students studied in 32 countries outside of the United States.

Global Studies

Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry

Students from a wide range of disciplines currently collaborate with faculty, engaging in deep learning and developing as scholars. Since 2010, nearly 200 students have participated in the Summer Scholars student research program, with most presenting at national conferences.

For the last four years, a St. Kate’s team has been selected to participate in Posters on the Hill, a highly competitive opportunity in which 60 teams from across the U.S. present to members of Congress in Washington, DC. In 2019, a Katie was selected to present at the World Congress on Undergraduate Research for the first time.

Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry