Scholarly Opportunities

At Andover, there’s always a path for further scholarship. IPs—Independent Projects—provide advanced study for students who have exhausted Andover’s standard curriculum.

Abbot Independent Scholars Program

This program (the AISP) provides selected seniors (and the occasional younger student) who have exhausted the course offerings in their desired area(s) of study an opportunity to work independently with a faculty mentor for course credit. Each project is graded on the standard 0-6 scale by the supervising faculty mentor.

Brace Student Fellows

Each year, a small number of student applicants receive funding from the Brace Center to conduct independent summer research projects in gender studies, including multiracial and multicultural dimensions. The Student Fellows Series is presented in the fall and provides an opportunity for the fellows to share their research findings in a public forum.

CAMD Scholars

The CAMD Scholar Program is an opportunity for selected Phillips Academy students to pursue independent summer research projects related to diversity and multiculturalism. Students work closely with a faculty advisor as well as the program coordinator during spring term to focus and shape projects that will be developed and completed during the summer. CAMD Scholars write a significant research paper in the summer and make a presentation to the PA community during the subsequent school year.

Cum Laude Society

The Cum Laude Society was founded at the Jacob Tome Institute in Maryland in 1906. Its purpose was to establish in American secondary schools an honor organization to recognize and encourage excellence in academic work. The Phillips Academy chapter was established in 1907, and in 1926 Abbot Academy became the first girls' school to establish a chapter. In February of each year, the Andover chapter elects to the society those members of the senior class who have achieved and maintained high scholarship during the whole of their upper-middle year and the fall term of their senior year. In June, those students who have achieved and maintained high scholarship during the spring term of their upper-middle year and the whole of their senior year are elected. 

2018–2019 CAMD Scholars

Pablo Sanchez ’19
Oct. 5, 2018 
The Duality of Mexican Narcocorrido: How Songs Depicting the Drug Trade Expose the Truth of the Mexican Condition
Faculty Advisor: Mark Cutler

Thomas Uwanomen '19
Jan. 21, 2019
The Criminalization of Black Men in News Media
Faculty Advisor: Tom Kane

Natasha Singareddy '19
Feb. 2, 2019
Is the Price Right?: Confronting the History and Implications of Anti-Blackness in Indian-American Communities
Faculty Advisor: Megan Paulson

Christina Cho '19
March 22, 2019
A New Sangha: Reimagining Community in American Buddhism
Faculty Advisor: Andy Housiaux

300+

courses

150

electives

13

students in the average class

5:1

student-teacher ratio

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At Andover there’s always a path for further scholarship. IPs—Independent Projects—provide advanced study for students who have exhausted Andover’s standard curriculum.