Young Scholars Program



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Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hong Kierkegaard Library will not be open this summer but will again offer the 2021 Young Scholars Program online to non-St. Olaf students and young graduates. The dates are July 7 to July 30. The deadline to apply is April 30. The schedule/format is as follows:

1 – Meet online – via Google Meet – Monday through Thursday afternoons for 60-90 minutes to read and discuss a Kierkegaard text – Sickness Unto Death and Kierkegaard’s Journals – with Professor Marino

2 – Wednesday offers a required Summer Scholar Speaker and Discussion Series, for details click here

3 – Final paper due September 1.

This program is designed for college juniors or seniors or recently graduated college students who are serious about study and preparation for graduate school in a related field.

Application Process

For full consideration, send electronic copies of the following to Eileen Shimota by April 30th:

  1. A resume
  2. A research proposal, 1-2 pages in length focusing on area of interest in your research
  3. Two letters of recommendation, preferably directly to

The 2020 Summer Young Scholars Program was held on-line.

Programming Pre-Covid: Participants meet daily as a group with Professor Gordon Marino for close readings and discussion of the text, “Sickness Unto Death” and Kierkegaard’s Journals. Participation in the summer fellows seminars: two one-hour presentations per week is also required. In addition, students will have the library’s resources for their independent research projects. Housing is provided on campus, all other expenses are the responsibility of the young scholar. Food options are available on campus along with kitchens in the dorm. A handbook with specific information on this and more is provided upon acceptance.

2020 Young Scholars

St. Olaf Students:

  • Sannah Arvidson-Hicks, USA
  • Brennan Brink, USA
  • Eli Graf, USA
  • Abdou Ghanim, Eqypt
  • Logan Graham, USA
  • Viveka Hall-Holt, USA
  • Amy Imdieke, USA
  • Robert Ireland, USA
  • Sivuse Mbingo, Africa
  • Simon Patmore, USA
  • Leykza Marie Carreras Simons, USA
  • Cole Thompson, USA
  • Rachel Wyffeis, USA

Students from colleges around the country and the world:

  • Waseem Athtar Usmani, Pakistan
  • Edgar Beltran, Venezuela
  • Daniel Goodman, USA
  • Stephanie Hamrick, USA
  • Mercedes Hesselroth, USA
  • Claire Jeantheau, USA
  • Riley Spieler, USA
  • Katrina Torsoe, USA
  • Devin VanGorden, USA
  • Carl Wendelboe Hindsgaul, Denmark
  • Bix Willis Komita Moussa, USA