Established in 1980, the Martindale Student Associates Honors Program enables a select group of 12 Lehigh juniors and seniors—from across Lehigh’s three undergraduate colleges—to explore global business, economic, and social issues through travel to organizations around the world, and meetings and discussions with thought leaders from government, business, social, academic and research institutions. The 15-month program is fully funded, and follows a competitive application process.

Activities begin in the February of the students’ junior year, and run through graduation. The students are tasked with conducting group and individual research, and with writing top class academic articles pertaining to the economy and public policy of our country of study for publication as a volume of the Martindale undergraduate research journal, Perspectives on Business and Economics

The program features on-campus orientation sessions, a briefings trip in Washington D.C., an intensive 12-day field immersion research trip in the country of study, writing and research workshops, presentation and peer review meetings, and a semester of independent study. Each student is assigned a faculty mentor to provide ongoing guidance and feedback.

Malaysia Cohort

As a Martindale Student Associate you will…

  • Participate in a prestigious Honors Program
  • Conduct in-depth research on the economic and social challenges of a foreign nation
  • Be part of a fun-loving, hard-working group of students from CAS, CBE and RCEAS
  • Travel abroad with students and faculty
  • Meet with government, business, social, and academic leaders
  • Elevate your oral and written communication skills
  • Work closely with faculty and alumni mentors
  • Become a published author by graduation
  • Network with a global community of supportive alumni

Fully funded thanks to Martindale Alumni and friends.


Program Components

  • Eligibility: CAS, CBE, & RCEAS juniors (or seniors who will be registered through May 2020) and 3.4+ GPA, or faculty recommendation
  • Nomination: Notification early January, 2019
  • Program cycle: 15 months, mid-February to graduation
  • Campus dinner meetings: 5:00-6:00 p.m. weekly, through spring and fall semesters, 2019
  • D.C. briefings trip: 2 days, early April, 2019
  • Field immersion research trip in the country of study: 12 days following Commencement, 2019
  • Independent research and writing: Spring 2020, dedicated to completing articles for publication
  • Events: NYC & DC alumni networking events, 2 on-campus banquets.

Countries of study 2007 - 2018

2018-19, Malaysia

2017-18, United Kingdom

2016-17, Peru

2015-16, Czech Republic

2014-15, Portugal

2013-14, Slovenia

2012-13, Colombia

2011-12, Greece

2010-11, Iceland

2009-10, Turkey

2008-09, New Zealand

2007-08, Benelux

Journals, 1983-2007

For information contact Todd A. Watkins at or 610.758.4954.