The University Scholars Program nurtured and encouraged the research productivity of early career faculty as well as senior faculty re-tooling research skills or exploring new fields. The program competitively provided resources and facilitated external mentoring to full-time tenure-track Jackson State University faculty. University Scholars received $10,000 summer stipends, summer research assistance (i.e. graduate assistant) and, in early years, a modest research expense account.
The University Scholars Symposium brought together University Scholars with their mentors and collaborators from other higher education and research institutions with the Jackson State University learning community to discuss their research findings. The symposium provided University Scholars the opportunity to present for critical examination their initial findings before refining them for further presentation and publication. Additionally, it served as a shared public space for the university community to thoughtfully consider research topics within and across disciplines.