Each summer, Lafayette College students have the opportunity to participate in academically meaningful experiences outside the classroom. Students selected as EXCEL Scholars engage in collaborative research projects with Lafayette faculty, enhancing their academic skills as well as developing other skills that will be useful in post-graduate education and careers.

“My experience as an EXCEL Scholar will absolutely serve me in the future,” says Jacob Potter ’23, who has a double major in government and law as well as English. “Beyond just the immediate relevance of some of the content I’ve enjoyed engaging with while working as an EXCEL Scholar, I’ve put in many hours under my mentor’s guidance to strengthen essential researching, editing, and writing skills.”

Read on to learn more about hands-on, collaborative research projects Potter and his fellow EXCEL Scholars worked on over the summer.