The James J. Slade Scholars Program is a selective, research-focused option open to students in the third year who have maintained a 3.2 university cumulative grade-point average. The Slade Scholars Program honors long-time School of Engineering faculty member James J. Slade: 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 both their undergraduate and the Honors Director in the Rutgers School of Engineering. The student applies by completing a form available below. This opportunity is available to all students that meet the criteria.
The Slade Scholars program requires independent research and completion of a thesis, which total to six-semester credits beyond the minimum required for graduation. These six credits of research cannot count as undergraduate credits.
During the course of the program, JJ Slade scholars will participate in peer review sessions and presentation evaluations, led by a faculty committee. In the video review session, professors will select a distinct group of scholars to present oral presentations at the end of the spring semester. Each scholar will prepare a scholarly thesis describing their investigations, with the ability to present this at the culminating 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 program is also noted in the conferred degrees and honors listed in the commencement program.
JJ Slade Completion Form (required to be filled out AFTER successful completion of the program)
How to Apply
Deadline: July 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (for the 2022-23 JJ Slade Scholars Program)
Additional information about applying can be found HERE
Each year, several faculty members, including previous years' faculty mentors, and alumni of the program are invited to be part of the JJ Slade Faculty Committee. This committee is responsible for aiding in the selection of the oral presenters in the culminating JJ Slade Symposium by reviewing the JJ Slade oral presentation submissions and participating in a Verbal Dry-Run ahead of the symposium. Their feedback is vital to the JJ Slade Scholars' growth and development as researchers and presenters.
2022-23 JJ Slade Faculty Committee:
- Enver Koray Akdogan
- Charles Dismukes
- Shantanu Laghate
- Noshir Langrana
- Alina Thokkadam
JJ Slade Symposium
Each year, the JJ Slade program holds a culminating symposium to celebrate the achievements of the JJ Slade Scholars. During this event, oral presenters selected by the Faculty Committee will discuss their research. This is followed by a poster session to learn about each of the participants. We encourage all students, faculty, and family to attend the event to celebrate the current class of JJ Slade Scholars.
2022 JJ Slade Symposium
- Date / Time: Tues, April 12, 2022, 7:30 - 9pm
- Agenda: 2022 Symposium Brochure
- Location: Richard Weeks Hall
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James Jeremiah Slade
During his long and legendary tenure as a professor of engineering mechanics at Rutgers University, James Jeremiah Slade was a noted researcher, brilliant mathematician, and beloved by the students he taught for 36 years. Slade, who retired in 1964, received worldwide 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.