Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science, and Ethics

Preparing leaders who cultivate creative alliances between religion and science in order to ethically address contemporary challenges.

A note from our director regarding the 2020 program and Covid-19: 
Greetings from the Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science, and Ethics. We are grateful for your interest in our summer 2020 programs, and we are excited to learn together in community this June. As we all continue to deal with disruptions, hardships, and uncertainties related to the covid-19 pandemic, I hope that you are finding ways to take care of yourself and those in your circle of family and friends. Because your health and safety are important to us, our team has made the decision to move our programs into a virtual format this summer. While this is not the reality that any of us would have imagined even a few months ago, we believe that we can still offer you a great sense of community and a stimulating learning environment through the digital tools that are available to us. Our featured presenters will join us in the virtual format, and we will have time for small group conversations led by ten awesome Gustavus students. Our leadership team has begun to work on these new plans, and we are very excited about what kinds of connections and conversations will still be possible in an online version of our June programs. 
Mentors, interns, senior fellows, and fellows, please watch for additional emails with information about changes specific to your program.
I hope that you will join with us in this adventure of creating a new Gustavus Academy community this summer!
In peace,
Siri C. Erickson


Can faith and science work together? YES!

At the Academy, we believe that we need BOTH faith and science to address the ethical issues of our time.

The outstanding students accepted into the Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science, and Ethics explore the intersection of faith and science while diving into the ethical issues that define our decades. All Academy programs provide opportunities for students to discover how scientists and people of faith are working together to address some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Because we are Christ centered, we value:

  • Formation: We are invested in developing students who are faithful to their values and informed leaders in their communities.
  • Vocation: We believe everyone has unique gifts and talents that can benefit the common good, therefore we uplift these gifts within our students and each other. 
  • Wonder: We lead with a posture of curiosity, encouraging questions and making space for awe.
  • Collaboration: We thrive when a diversity of voices are brought together and everyone has a place at the table
  • Justice: We embody and advocate for social structures and systems that are equitable for humans and the environment we share.
Academy Fellows:
  • Interact with Gustavus students and experts in science and theology.2019 Academy Fellows
  • Are challenged academically, spiritually, and ethically and clarify their sense of purpose.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Connect with like-minded and outstanding students from across the church.
  • Become a stronger college applicant by participating in a selective program designed for future leaders.
  • Have the chance to learn from Nobel laureates during the Nobel Conference in October.

Academy mentor and fellow


Students who participate in the Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science, and Ethics and attend Gustavus Adolphus College will receive a $500 annually renewable tuition scholarship.