Leadership Scholars Program

The Leadership Scholars Program encourages academically talented students to develop their intellectual and leadership abilities and achieve academic recognition as Leadership Scholars.

Participation in the Leadership Scholars program is by invitation and optional. It is intended to complement a student’s coursework, develop her critical thinking and leadership ability, and enrich her educational experience. The program also provides practice in professional presentations and public speaking.

The Objectives of the Program are to

 Enhance students’ coursework through project design, research and independent study.

Encourage students to investigate or develop innovations in leadership in the subject of their choice.

Recognize excellence in scholarship.

Students explore topics under one of the following global themes:

  • Energy
  • Health and Science
  • Individual and Cultural Identity
  • Resources and Sustainability
  • Shifting Populations
  • Global Finance and Economics
  • Ubiquitous Technology

We encourage students to discover what they are passionate about and to blend their research project with their interested in a particular career, current event, or country. She will choose her research in a way that satisfies the above global themes.

At the end of their projects, students submit a research paper and present their findings to Regina Dominican administration, faculty, staff, fellow students, friends and family.

Who participates in the Leadership Scholars program?

Students are invited to get involved each semester. Admission into the program begins the second semester of freshman year. Students can be invited into the program any semester throughout their four years at Regina Dominican.

The Leadership Scholars Program is an academically rigorous program. It requires extensive research, high-level critical thinking, and excellent time-management. Therefore, our top performing students are invited to join the program based on:

  • Academic achievement
  • Behavior
  • Attendance

What steps are involved in completing a project?

Once a student accepts her invitation into the program, she will choose a faculty advisor. Faculty advisors are usually chosen based on their expertise in a particular subject and the relationship they have with the student. Although this is an independent project, each Leadership Scholar works with a faculty advisor who helps the student:

  • 1. Develop a research question
  • 2. Conduct a literature review, interview an expert, or conduct an experiment
  • 3. Write a research paper
  • 4. Present her findings

Why is this program important?

These types of research projects are very prevalent at the university level. By participating in the program, students develop many leadership skills that will be useful for not only in college but beyond those four years. These skills include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Public Speaking
  • Self-Assessment
  • Time-Management
  • Understanding of Global Issues
  • Networking

The Class of 2016 was the first class to experience the Leadership Institute for three years, and the results can be seen in their accolades and matriculation. The graduating Leadership Scholars in 2016 were accepted into some of the most prestigious universities in the nation.

Regina Dominican Graduates

Our Leadership Scholars were accepted into

Cornell University

Duke University

Georgetown University

Johns Hopkins University

Northwestern University

Vanderbilt University

The results are exciting for Regina Dominican. Universities recognize the Leadership Institute and the Scholars Program as a rigorous and distinguishable program, giving an edge to graduates in the highly competitive college environment.

Why do students enjoy participating in the program?

“I can honestly say that the Leadership Institute has changed my life. I know my strengths and understand what I must do to overcome my weaknesses. More than that, I have learned the importance of individualism. I am not afraid to show people who I truly am. It has changed my life and for that I am grateful.”

-Gillian King ’18

“The Leadership Institute has not only helped to shape my leadership skills but also has opened the door to numerous opportunities for me in the future. For example, the paper I wrote for my Leadership Scholars Project has grabbed the attention of multiple professionals. It is published to help raise awareness on the effect technology has on developing brains. I am truly honored to have these opportunities and to be a part of this amazing program.”

-Kayleigh Dalkin ’18

Research Questions

To provide a flavor of the academic rigor and sophistication of our research projects, examples of the Scholar’s projects are listed below:

How does false memory impact eye-witness testimony?

How do microbeads impact the water supply?

How do factors such as race, religion, and gender affect the identity development of LGBT people?

How has technology revolutionized marketing?

What is third-hand smoke and what can this new discovery do for society?

How do gender roles and expectations influence people’s political views in elections?

How can neurology be used to evaluate mental illness, and therefore, crime sentencing?

How does both print and news television bias affect a reader’s point of view?

Are the advances in human genetic engineering seen as a way to free humans of all diseases in the next decades, or are they seen as scientists meddling with what it means to be human?

What are the turning points for women in the film industry and how do they affect women’s positions in film?

What is the Controversy over Physician-Assisted Suicide, especially Pertaining to the Evolution of Assisted Suicide Globally?

How does Regular Participation in a School Physical Fitness Program affect Cardiovascular Fitness in High School Girls?

How are cancer-fighting drugs derived from coral reefs and what difference is this specific discovery making in today’s medical field?

How have American Attitudes Towards Russia Changed in the Past 100 Years?

What is the Reason for the Accessibility Problems with Feminine Products in Haiti?

How can the Research of Osteoporosis being performed in space Help Prevent it from Occurring on Earth?

How did Women’s Roles in WWII affect Women’s Rights?

What is the Effect of Colorectal treatment on the Mind and Body?

Is the Medical Community Prepared for the Increasing Aging Population?

Does the harm of social media outweigh the benefits?

How do emotions affect a person’s health?

Why aren’t more women involved in STEM fields?

What is the conflict between the theories of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung?

Why do U.S. students continue to rank around the middle of the pack and behind many other advanced industrial nations?

Where do the Protestant and Catholic faiths stand on the issues brought into question during the Protestant Reformation?

What are the most common life-threatening conditions that infants face in the neonatal intensive care unit?

How have Immigration Laws changed in the US in recent history? And, why have they changed?

What impact does brain cancer have on the human brain?

How does taking dance impact disadvantaged students cultural identify?

Will cryonics work in the future?

Learn about how you and your daughter can get involved.

Potential and Current Families: If you are interested in hearing more about the Leadership Institute, please contact Dr. Linda A. Liang to schedule an appointment!