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The opportunities for independence and creativity that RCPRS is giving me in my research are incredible.

Sarah Edmunds '11

Hunter R. Rawlings III Cornell Presidential Research Scholars (RCPRS) are members of a select group, representing less than two percent of the Cornell undergraduate population. Freshmen are selected for the program during the Cornell admissions process based on their academic excellence as well as expressed or demonstrated interest in research and academic inquiry. A limited number of students are selected as rising juniors through a highly-competitive application process.

emily posner

High School Students
Members of the Undergraduate Admissions Office selection committee conduct a review of all undergraduate applications for consideration. If you are a prospective student and you have questions about the program, please contact us at

Current Cornell Sophomores
Students may apply for RCPRS in their sophomore year only. Please see the Upperclass Application Information for details. The application will be available online by March 15th.

For Faculty
Upperclass students must be nominated by a faculty member with whom they have done research. In the humanities, this can be scholarly study through an independent or graduate-level course. RCPRS issues a call for nominations in early February. To nominate an exceptional sophomore or for more information about the nomination and application process including deadlines, please click here.


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