Developing Monastic Science Leaders
The Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholars Program is a remarkable endeavor designed to create indigenous, Tibetan monastic, science teachers by providing additional science training at the university level. Every two years a cohort of six monks from various monasteries is chosen for a four-semester residency at Emory College. During this time the Science Scholars take science courses alongside undergraduate students and to optimize their Emory experience, they receive individualized instruction in science and mathematics from ETSI faculty members, and additional tutoring in English.
Once the monks complete their residency at Emory, they return to their monasteries to lead science classes for their fellow monastics. Key to the success of ETSI, the Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholars serve as liaisons between Emory and their home institutions, help coordinate logistics for the Summer Intensives, and serve as teaching assistants to the Emory faculty members implementing the ETSI curriculum in India.
The Science Scholar program welcomed the third group of six monks for the Fall 2015 semester at Emory.