In the third year, students who have maintained a 3.2 university cumulative grade-point average may apply to the undergraduate director of their major department to be admitted into 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 guidance of a three-member faculty committee and the Honors Committee of the School of Engineering. The chairperson of the student's committee shall be the research thesis adviser and should be a member of his or her major department. The student applies by completing a form available in the Office of Academic Affairs.
While permitting considerable flexibility each program is planned to meet the definition of an engineering curriculum as stated by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. A Slade Scholar's program requires independent research and a thesis giving a total of six semester credits beyond the minimum required for graduation. With the approval of the student's committee, courses of equivalent stature may be substituted for any four of the required technical courses in the regular program.
At the middle and the end of each term during the program, the student's committee will report formally to the Honors Committee of the School of Engineering on his or her progress. Satisfactory progress is a condition for continued participation in this program.
Candidates will prepare a scholarly thesis describing their investigations and will present this at a public seminar of the college.
Upon successful completion of the honors program and with the recommendation of the committee, department, and the honors committee of 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.