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John S. Toll Science and Mathematics Fellows

The John S. Toll Fellows is a program that provides opportunities to students with an aptitude for research.  

The John S. Toll Fellows (JSTF) is a research-focused program that commemorates Washington College’s 25th president, Dr. John Toll who served as president from 1995-2004.   His support strengthened the foundation of the natural sciences both intellectually and financially here at Washington College.  Thus, this program honors his commitment and enthusiasm for academia and research.   

The Goal

The goal of the JSTF Program is to support the academic and research activities of student scholars within the natural sciences and mathematics division.  Students are exposed to the excitement and knowledge that surround research by attending seminars from invited speakers and in-house faculty, visiting the worlds leading research institution, The National Institutes of Health, and hands on learning in the lab either off-campus or the summer research program here at Washington College.  

The Man Behind the Name

Dr. John S. Toll received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Yale in 1944 and Ph.D. in physics from Princeton in 1952 during his career he was well known for his work in dispersion theory and elementary particle physics. Dr. Toll was president of the Universities Research Association which oversaw the U.S. Superconducting Supercollider project until Congress defunded it.  Dr. Toll spent many years pursuing research at the University Maryland where he became chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in fact they also have a building (physics) at the University of Maryland is named for him.  He left UMD to become the second president of the State University of New York at Stony Brook but he returned to the University of Maryland to become president of the original five campuses of the University of Maryland and the first chancellor of the new University System of Maryland.  In 1995 he became president of Washington College and in 2004 returned to physics research at the University of Maryland.