Story posted August 16, 2007
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), a national educational organization headquartered in Wilmington, Del., recently selected Ross Jacobs '10, a political philosophy and economics major, and Megan McCullough '10, a biology major, as two of its 50 Honors Fellows for 2007. Each year, ISI's prestigious Honors Program selects the nation's most talented undergraduates to participate in a yearlong program of educational enrichment.
Jacobs and McCullough recently attended a weeklong ISI summer conference in Québec City, Canada, titled "Law in the Western Tradition: Common, Constitutional, Natural and Divine." ISI Honors Fellows at this conference explored the values and ideas that animate the Western tradition, as the students untangled some of the most vexing questions of contemporary politics in light of first principles and discussed natural justice, natural law and natural rights. While examining our civilization's intellectual roots, students had the opportunity to engage in debate and discussion led by faculty mentors from numerous colleges and universities who teach in the humanities and social sciences.
"The ISI Honors Program is a unique mentoring program offering our most talented undergraduates opportunity to engage in high-level, one-on-one debate with elite university faculty," says John Joseph Stanley, director of the ISI Honors Program. "Such mentoring opportunities are rare in the modern academy."
In addition, as part of ISI's Honors Program, throughout the next academic year, Jacobs and McCullough will receive continuing direction from their faculty mentors through participation in small seminars and online discussions about both permanent questions and contemporary concerns.
The ISI faculty mentors and staff will provide one-on-one professional assistance to the each of the Honors Fellows, including information about internships, job opportunities, graduate and professional programs and related concerns. They will also attend an ISI Career Development Seminar designed to help prepare them for future positions of leadership.