In the third year, students who have maintained a 3.2 university cumulative grade-point average may apply to the James J. Slade Scholars Program. The Slade Scholar Program honors long-time School of Engineering faculty member James J. Slade who was a noted researcher, mathematician, and professor for 36 years. His commitment to teaching, scholarly excellence, and impact on students was legendary, and continues to resonate through this prestigious research program.
Each Slade Scholar prepares a plan of study under the tutelage of a faculty advisor with the support of their undergraduate director, and the Honors Director in the Rutgers School of Engineering. The student applies by completing a form available in the Office of Academic Services, in connection to the Engineering Honors Hub.
A Slade Scholar's program requires independent research and a thesis with a total of six semester credits beyond the minimum required for graduation. The six credits of research cannot count as undergraduate credits.
During the course of the program, JJ Slade scholars will participate in peer reviews sessions and are instructed by faculty and alumni on effective presentation skills. In the peer review session, the scholars will select a distinct group of scholars to present oral presentations. Each scholar will prepare a scholarly thesis describing their investigations and will present this at the JJ Slade Symposium at the end of the Spring semester.
Upon successful completion of the JJ Slade program with the approval, and sign-off, from their research committee consisting of their advisor, undergraduate director, and the Honors Director in the School of Engineering the student will receive a special honors certificate. Successful completion of the honors program is also noted in the conferred degrees and honors listed in the commencement program.
James Jeremiah Slade
During his long and legendary tenure as a professor of engineering mechanics at Rutgers University, James Jeremiah Slade as a noted researcher, brilliant mathematician, and beloved by the students he taught for 36 years. Slade, who retired in 1964, received world-wide acclaim for his discoveries in the mechanics of turbulent sedimentation and self-excited oscillations and is credited with attracting many of the researchers who brought prominence to the College of Engineering, as well as to the university. He is remembered at Rutgers for developing a course called Engineering Analysis which became part of the required junior curriculum. It was his intense presentation of the material that earned the course a new student-selected title: “The Slade Mystery Hour.”
A man of many talents, Slade was also a novelist who wrote about the Mexican Revolution of 1910, based upon his own experiences as a youngster who was born and raised in Mexico.
The James J. Slade Scholars carry on a tradition of excellence in scholarship and research as exemplified by Slade.