The Rodman Scholars Program is the honors program for the top 5-6% of each class in the engineering school. Students are selected for their superior academic performance and potential to become the engineering leaders of tomorrow. For more information see the about pages.
How do I become a Rodman Scholar?
Admission into the program is primarily offered for incoming first year applicants to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Applications to the program are neither required nor accepted as a part of this selection process. First year SEAS students or Echols Scholars may apply in the middle of their first semester. More details can be found on the Mid-Year Applicants page.
What are the benefits of being a Rodman Scholar?
Official Rodman Scholars Program benefits include priority registration, special scholar housing with both Rodman and Echols Scholars, a unique first year curriculum tailored to the intellectual abilities of first year Rodman Scholars. In the summer of 2010 there was even a Rodman study abroad opportunity in Germany with Volkswagen. In addition, the Rodman name holds a lot of weight among both professors looking for undergraduate researchers and employers.
Rodmans also have exclusive access to Rodman Seminars—student-initiated pass/fail courses designed to either delve deeper into gaps in the engineering curriculum or explore intellectual horizons beyond the engineering school. "Rodsems" offer a break from the rigorous engineering classes and teach students skills such as meditation, military strategy, and beer brewing.
Rodman Council, the student council for the Rodman program, meets bi-weekly to organize guest lecturers, plan social events, and try to make the Rodman experience better for future classes.
Check the Rodman Council minutes to see what we mean. Come to Charlottesville and see for yourself, or ask any of our students: the friends you make in the Rodman and Echols Scholars Programs will define your first year experience.
What are the other Rodmans like?
Rodmans come from a variety of different locations and backgrounds, but all have the the potential to do great things in their time at UVA. There is no typical Rodman scholar: some Rodmans love history, some are athletes, some are sorority/fraternity members, some have a passion for music, and some just like to build things. By living together and having similar schedules, the Rodman Scholar community tends to become very tight knit. As a result, Rodmans participate in many fun activities together, including sports, dinners, and doing physics homework until the wee hours of the morning (which may not be fun for everyone…). The sense of community and the friends you will meet are one of the best things about being a Rodman Scholar.
If you send an email to Alisha Geldert, our Advising Chair, she can try to get you in touch with someone who shares your intellectual and recreational passions to talk about their specific experience.
What if my question is not on here?
Please send your question to a member of Rodman Council or our Program Director, Dana Elzey. We will be happy to answer your question personally! If you remember to CC our webmaster, your question and our answer might even end up on this page.