Young Scholars Program

Course Description

This program is designed for college seniors or recently graduated college students who are serious about study and preparation for graduate school in a related field. Participants are required to meet with Professor Gordon Marino on a daily basis and attend scholar seminars outside of class time. In-depth study of a chosen Kierkegaard text or another topic will be the focus as well as Professor Marino’s mentorship for the scholar’s own research. Housing is provided on campus, all other expenses are the responsibility of the young scholar.

The 2018 Young Scholars Program took place from June 12 – July 3. During the first week of this program, the Eighth Kierkegaard Conference was held (June 13 – June 17), allowing Young Scholars to start their stay at St. Olaf by attending paper presentation lectures, a dissertation panel, and several other conference events. The Conference enabled them to connect with many world-renowned Kierkegaard scholars. In addition, they had the opportunity to learn about recent advancements in the translation and study of various existentialist works.

Scroll to the bottom to see the summer’s Young Scholar participants.

How to apply:

For full consideration, send electronic copies of the following to Eileen Shimota as soon as your area of interest is established and not later than March 15 for the following summer. Sometimes later applications can be accepted for this program depending on interest.

  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


  • Madison Grainger, United States
  • Laura Howard, United States
  • Mattias Kostov, United States-Bulgaria
  • Martin Malotky, United States
  • Michael Mao, United States
  • Elizabeth Munoz-Huber, United States
  • Brandon Rakowski, United States
  • Luke Range, United States
  • Alexander Stooshinoff, Canada
  • Noah Valdez, United States
  • Michael Villanova, United States