The Hickory Scholars Program

Merry Lea is a popular location for students who are awarded summer research assistantships under the Hickory Scholars program. Click the box below to learn more about the Maple Scholars Program at Goshen College.

Summer field research at Merry Lea: In this program, undergraduates at Goshen College gain experience in scholarly research during the summer break.


Merry Lea is a popular location for students doing summer research in a variety of disciplines, from nesting behaviors of songbirds to studies of the role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in land conservation programs. Students can conduct research independently towards senior research projects, but there are also several paid research opportunities available each summer. Similar to the on-campus research program called Maple Scholars, researchers at Merry Lea can be part of the Hickory Scholars program each summer.

For brief descriptions of prior student projects, see here.

For instructions and the application for 2023, click here.