University School's Strnad Fellowship Program was established by Mr. and Mrs. James J. Strnad in 1968 to stimulate and recognize creative inquiry. The aim of the program is to provide students with unique educational experiences that would not be otherwise available.
Strnad Fellowships enable juniors and seniors with an outstanding ability and passionate interest in a particular area to pursue advanced independent projects of research or inquiry that are often complemented by special courses of study. Students have worked in biomedical engineering and medical research. They have built an astronomical observatory and a hydroelectric generator. They have designed furniture, created jewelry, composed music, produced films, and pursued countless other projects. Strnad Fellows present their projects in a special school-wide assembly at the end of their senior year.
The program also supports full-year, unpaid internships for students with university, hospital, or government researchers, to undertake research beginning in the summer after the boys' junior year and continuing through the student's senior year. Internship opportunities have been available at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Case Western Reserve University, The University of Akron, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and other similar institutions.