The Bank of America/Kemp Scholars Program at Davidson College

2014 Calendar Year

(Spring 2014 and Fall 2014 semesters)


The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Davidson College encourages students from the classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017 to apply for the Bank of America-Kemp Scholars Program for the 2014 calendar year.  For successful applicants, the program provides $2,000 in reimbursable expenses to support independent study, travel, and research, plus an award of $1,000.  


Scholars, with faculty supervisors, work independently on a research project of their own design.  In addition, they participate with the faculty in an interdisciplinary (non-credit) seminar which links their independent research projects.  In April, successful applicants and their Kemp advisors will meet several times as a group and each Kemp scholar will present the research proposal, outline summer plans, and lead a discussion to refine and inform the proposed work  Students are expected to use the summer months to travel and conduct the bulk of their research. Then, during the Fall 2010 semester, the group will reconvene for another set of presentations in which the students present the results of their research. 


Applicants and their advisors are strongly encouraged to identify potential outlets for the research, such as professional conferences which sponsor student presentations and/or posters, undergraduate journals and/or conferences, and other avenues.  Frequently, projects have had an international focus with the Kemp award sponsoring travel outside the United States.  Domestic projects, however, will also be considered.

The selection committee consists of the Bank of America/Kemp Scholars Program Director (currently Mark C. Foley, Economics), the Dean of Faculty, the director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the director of the Dean Rusk program, an alumni representative, and representatives from Bank of America. 


Applications are due in hardcopy or electronically by Friday, Febrary 21, 2014 (not the 12th !!) in Prof. Foley's office, Chambers 3140 or email.  Applicants will be notified of the committee's decisions shortly after the selection committee meets.  Please direct questions to Prof. Foley at 704.894.2248 or

The application form is available here. Please read it carefully, as it can be used to apply for Dean Rusk and Abernethy Grants as well, but there are a couple issues specific to the Kemp Scholars application. They are noted in the application form.

The 2013 Kemp Scholars studied:

The 2012 Kemp Scholars conducted research on the following topics:

The 2011 Kemp Scholars conducted research on the following topics:

The 2010 Kemp Scholars's topics were:

The 2009 Kemp Scholars studied

Selected topics from prior years are