The Pinnacle Scholars Program

At Stevens, high-achieving undergraduate students have a rare opportunity to join an exclusive program not duplicated anywhere else in the world.

The Pinnacle Scholars Program offers a collegiate experience not traditionally available on the undergraduate level at most universities. Stevens' research and innovation focus, small size and enviable proximity to New York City combine to provide students a truly immersive educational experience that goes beyond the classroom. Pinnacle Scholars gain unique and extremely valuable hands-on exploration and application of their knowledge through advanced research and international experiences.

The Pinnacle Scholars Program is an elite, invitation-only program for undergraduate students who want to push the boundaries of their education even further. Students are identified and selected during the undergraduate admissions process and are notified of their selection for this highly competitive program in their admissions acceptance letters. Invited students must confirm or decline acceptance into the program.

Among the many advantages, this highly-regarded program gives undergraduates a leg up in the job market and/or advancement to competitive graduate and doctoral studies.

Pinnacle Scholars Receive the Following Benefits

  • An annual cultural passport (valued at $500) for museum memberships and cultural events (e.g. Broadway and off-Broadway plays, opera, symphony, art exhibits). This passport will allow you to experience the special cultural opportunities available only in the New York City metropolitan area. 
  • The opportunity to enroll in special honors and research seminars that provide support and guidance for your research activities.
  • Individualized mentoring and advisement.
  • The option to participate in the 4+1 Master's Program with a scholarship equal to 20 percent of your graduate tuition in the fifth year. 
  • An annual $5,000 stipend to support participation in one of the following three options each year*:
    1. Research opportunities guided by a faculty advisor
    2. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Research Program (application required)
    3. An international experience (e.g. study abroad or internship, approved by the Office of International Programs)

(* The stipend may be used for summer courses if one of the three options is unavailable due to capacity or scheduling.)

Program Requirments

There is no application for the Pinnacle Scholars Program. Students are invited at the time of acceptance to Stevens based on review of their application materials.  Only the most impressive applicants, as indicated by their academic record and potential impact at Stevens, are invited to participate each year.

This selective elite program is only available to incoming full-time, first-time freshmen.  Students will not be able join the program as enrolled Stevens undergraduates or transfer students.

Pinnacle Scholars may remain in the program for up to eight academic semesters provided they maintain a 3.2 grade point average and make satisfactory academic progress toward the degree. The cumulative GPA will be reviewed annually.

4+1 Master's Program

Another outstanding opportunity for top incoming freshman students, the 4+1 Master’s Program, allows selected students to complete all requirements and earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years. Students in the 4+1 Master’s Program receive a scholarship equal to 20 percent of graduate tuition in the fifth year.

Students are invited into the 4+1 Master’s Program at the point of acceptance to Stevens. There is no application to be considered. Invited students must confirm or decline acceptance into the program.

Students work closely with their advisors to craft a study plan that will facilitate completion of the program. Students with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree are able to achieve advanced levels of study and expand their backgrounds, and often enjoy a higher entry point into the job market.

This program is only available to incoming full-time, first-time freshmen.  Students will not be able join the program as enrolled Stevens undergraduates or transfer students.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Research Program

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Program engages undergraduates in research, design, or business projects for ten weeks over the summer. Students identify a suitable project, select a faculty advisor, and submit a proposal to the Research Program Committee. Faculty review proposals and identify students with whom they will work.

This relationship becomes a unique, student-mentor collaboration for the duration of the project. Often times, the students' work is carried on throughout their student career and integrated into their senior capstone projects.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Research students advance technology and enterprise on a high level, attracting the attention of leaders and venture capitalists that support the most critical, high-impact innovation today. They gain invaluable experience in real-world problem solving and create impressive resumes even before graduating from Stevens. What's more, they distinguish themselves as the motivated, creative, and commercial-savvy graduates that top companies and graduate programs demand.

What Students Say

“One of my favorite things about my summer research project was that one of the classes I took over the spring semester, Process Analysis, directly applied to my project, and I realized I had the capability to solve real-world problems. In addition, I got to decide what I wanted to do for my project. I sought out professor Meng, met with him several times to discuss the possible fellowship opportunity, and he helped me write up my proposal. The program gave me a chance to pursue my main interest, which is practical water purifications.” –Christina DeLago, Chemical Engineering (with a minor in Public Policy)

"My task this summer was to research regenerative braking and all of its uses and applications, as well as assist in the development of a Wave Energy Harnessing Device (WEHD), which is essentially a hydraulic regenerative braking system that produces electricity from wave energy. This research will give us a better idea of where hybrid vehicles and regenerative braking technology will be in the future." Corey Linden, Mechanical Engineering


"This summer, I worked with a suite of predictive modeling software for forest management. The software would allow professional loggers to use probabilities to determine how they should manage the forests that they harvest or preserve. Right now, we are working with the Canadian forest service and using parameters for their forest as a comparison or bench mark to apply this to global variables that would apply to every forest." -Ian Cordasco, Mathematics

Recent Research Projects

  • Neural Tissue Engineering
  • Decoding the Brain: Using EEG signals to Predict Muscle Patterns
  • Analyzing Mozart’s Symphony in G Minor
  • Facebook Forensics App
  • Existentialist Aesthetics Applied to the Idea of Music as Noise
  • BioRobotics Surgical Robotics System
  • Ambient Energy Harvesting
  • Building Natural User Interfaces for Learning Applications
  • Parallel Markets? Housing and Student Loans
  • Incorporation of Nano-Scale Spacer Molecules into Graphene Supercapacitors
  • Development of a Microfluidic 3D Arthritic Cartilage Tissue Model
  • Building Proximity-Based Augmented Reality Environments
  • Synthesis of Novel Heterocycles Using Radical Chemistry
  • Multi-Platform Robotics
  • Translocation of Artificial Viruses to the Nucleus with the Assistance of Ubiquitin
  • Flexible Transparent Keyboard
  • Case Studies on Information Flow Security for Android Apps
  • Inverted Flying Robot
  • An Analytical Model of a Novel, Microfluidic PEM Fuel Cell Device
  • Technologies for Trauma
  • Large Area High Quality Graphene Growth
  • Analysis of Air Bubble Movement on Submerged Superhydrophobic Surface
  • Bacterial Growth on Nanostructured Substrates with Antibacterial Clay Coatings
  • Medical Imaging Transmition
  • The Recover and Recovery of Phosphate and Ammonia from Wastewater
  • Business Development
  • Smart Sensor and Home Automation
  • Maximizing the Quality of Care Outcomes of a NJ Community-Centered Medical Center
  • Mechanical Actuation in Bone Cell Tissue
  • Organizing Business Process Management Efforts: A Survey of Best Practices
  • Omnidirectional Micro Aerial Vehicle System Testing
  • Biopolymer Matrices for Skin Graft Cultures
  • Computational Modeling for BioInnovation
  • Probabilistic Risk Assessment System for Ambulatory Surgery Centers
  • Utilizing Computer Vision for Assistance in Stereoscopic Endoscopy for Robotic-Assisted Surgery
  • Rotating Drum Collector for Nanofibers
  • Engineering Scaffolds for Cartilage Regeneration
  • Cognitive Radio Test Bed Development
  • Market Research and Business Planning
  • Nano-Structured Clay Coated Bio-Surfaces