The Fellows will attend two orientation seminars per semester, which may include attending a seminar as part of the Engaged Learning Series. During the first year (fall semester), Fellows are required to enroll in a course that will introduce them to research across the disciplines. In this course, the scholars will be exposed to scientific discovery and creativity. While taking this course, students will interview professors about their research or creative processes. During the spring semester of the first year, the Fellows will take a one-credit research assistantship course which will provide research assistant ideas and expectations for year 2.
Each Fellow will be assigned a faculty mentor who does research in an area that potentially overlaps with the student’s interest. The scholars will work closely with faculty mentors as research assistants (RAs) designed to introduce students to specialized fields or research methods. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, RAs may engage in directed readings or conduct research. With the aid of a faculty mentor, students will begin to explore ideas for their research or creative endeavor project and identify needs for funding the project. If appropriate, a student will apply for an undergraduate research grant to begin their research during the spring and summer semesters. Additionally, the scholars will mentor first-year scholars, offering peer support and advice.
Beginning in the third year, all students will undertake an individual project chosen by the student in consultation with their faculty mentor. Additionally, the Fellows will mentor first and second-year scholars, offering peer support and advice. The scholars will identify funding needs to complete their independent work and given opportunities to apply for undergraduate research grants. Additionally, the scholars will continue to mentor incoming scholars, offering peer support and advice.
In the fourth year, the Fellows will continue with their project and continue to mentor other scholars. The Fellows will be given opportunities to disseminate their work. Additionally, the scholars will continue to mentor incoming Fellows, offering peer support and advice. The Fellows Program will host a couple of gathering events including beginning-of-year and end-of-year celebrations.
*During the second semester of every year, we will meet weekly and enjoy pizza!
*Each year, fellows will track all their activities in this program to build a co-curricular academic transcript in addition to their academic transcripts.