Summer Opportunities for Intellectual Activities

Our Summer Opportunities for Intellectual Activities (SOFIA) program gives new students a chance to get on campus early and start building their new community. It brings together those new students with returning students who serve as mentors and faculty to conduct in-depth research and inquiry into a wide range of subjects from the sciences to the arts.

SOFIA Program Highlights

  • Arrive three weeks early – Sunday, July 28, 2024
  • Stipend, housing and meals provided during the three weeks of SOFIA
  • Work with your group during the weekdays and participate in social activities on nights and weekends, starting with the welcome picnic on the evening of move in
  • Present your work to the campus community on the day of the matriculation ceremony

Applying for the SOFIA Program

Accepted seniors with a 3.6 GPA/ 4.0 GPA (based on completion of junior year) and transfer students with a 3.0/4.0 transfer GPA are invited to apply for SOFIA.

Invitations will be sent beginning in February and eligible students will be able to access the application in their Tartan Portal.

Acceptance into the program will be on a rolling basis. Apply early as the selection process is competitive and projects fill up quickly. You will be contacted by the Office of Admission if you are selected for a project. Be sure to review the project options below before submitting your application so you can preference the projects you’re most excited about. 

2024 SOFIA Application

2024 SOFIA Projects