STRONG 2019 poses for a group photo in the lab

Students selected to be STRONG Scholars must be in residence on Oberlin’s campus for the entire duration of the program, to build community with their cohort and participate in a variety of activities.


STRONG Scholars are paired with STEM professors who serve as research mentors. During the four weeks of the program, each Scholar works full time in a research group with current Oberlin undergraduates who are conducting projects under the guidance of the faculty mentor. Scholars will have the opportunity to continue in the same research group for their first Winter Term project. 


Twice a week during the summer program, STRONG Scholars come together outside their research groups to take workshops designed to prepare them for college and for the introductory courses in the sciences that they will encounter during the academic year. Workshops include Math for Science, Data Collection and Presentation, and Study Skills and Time Management. 


STRONG Scholars live in a residential learning community in a dormitory on Oberlin’s campus for the month of July and through their first year of college. During the summer program, other student researchers also live in the dorm, offering STRONG Scholars the opportunity to form relationships, build community, and develop support systems with current Oberlin students. 


STRONG Scholars receive three meals a day in Stevenson Dining Hall, where they have a chance to meet and socialize with students, professors in the sciences, and visitors to campus from all over the country. Vegetarian, vegan, and locally sourced options are regularly available in all of Oberlin’s dining halls. 


STRONG Scholars also engage in social activities with other student researchers on campus during the summer. In past summers, students have enjoyed beach time at one of the area’s beautiful Metroparks, broken up a 17-mile bike ride with lunch at a historic diner, gone organic blueberry picking, gotten together for fresh local frozen custard, and spent the day at Cedar Point--the best roller coaster park in the United States--just a 45-minute drive from Oberlin’s campus.