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MapCores Overview

The Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science Research Scholars (MapCores) program is a special opportunity for women interested in studying those disciplines.

The Benefit of Being a MapCores Student

    • Students will receive a scholarship of $21,000 a year (4 -year value of $84,000).
    • Students will receive valuable mentoring in their field. Students will gain specific mentoring, academic, leadership and research experiences which will help prepare them for careers in these fields.
    • Students will go through a program that starts with a special science-focused Honors First-Year Seminar, continues in the sophomore year with a Problem Solving Seminar, then a Research Seminar in the junior year, and finally a Senior Research Project in the senior year.
    • Students will have access to summer research opportunities on and off campus.

To be Considered for the Scholarship

  • Apply for admission to CSB/SJU by January 1.
  • Complete the short "I'm Interested in MapCores" form. Please note that completion of this form simply indicates your interest in MapCores. It does not guarantee consideration for the program, nor does it commit you to the MapCores program and/or CSB/SJU if selected.
  • While all students with a strong interest in Mathetmatics, Physics, or Computer Science are encouraged to apply, preference will be given to students who have been historically underrepresented - minorities and students with significant financial need. 

Contact Information

For further information on this program see our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact:

Meet Nicole Kessler

Nicole Kessler

Nicole Kessler
Physics major, Math minor

After her sophomore year Nicole was one of the first participants in the Summer Science Research Exchange Program in China.  After her junior year she did research at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center regarding heavy water on Venus. After graduating from CSB, Nicole went to work for NASA at Johnson Space Center and she is currently a flight controller for the International Space Station. She works in the Environmental and Thermal Operating Systems (ETHOS) group.