The program begins in Mid-May, when the students go on an overnight field trip. By late May, they have begun work in earnest, meeting with their mentors on a regular basis and participating in weekly meetings with other student scholars. These discussions are meant to foster awareness of research issues outside their major, and may include topics like research ethics, the use of statistics, or the creative process in the arts. Research ends by August 1, and students must complete a research paper before the beginning of the new academic year. In September each year, students present their work on posters and in oral presentations in a Fall Symposium.