New Program Gives Students “Scholarship in Action”

Posted: June 13, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

Twelve George Mason students are receiving unique learning opportunities as part of the new Faculty-Student Apprenticeship for Undergraduates Program, designed to introduce students to “scholarship in action” in their major fields of study. The 13-week program pairs undergraduates with faculty members of their choice to complete a specified scholarly project. The experience is intended to complement and enrich the students’ required course material.

The pairs work together for approximately 10 hours per week on projects ranging from “Dance Education in the Public Schools” to “Hypocampus PKC in Sighted vs. Nonsighted Rats.” The collaborators were chosen broadly from the sciences, arts, management, social sciences, and humanities to provide a wide variety of topics.

A weekly seminar brings together all apprentices to share and integrate their experiences, discuss representative selections from their primary literatures, and identify connections across the fields. To give the students time to focus on working with their advisors, the group will not meet every week, but the last four weeks of the program will be used for presentations, demonstrations, field trips, and putting the projects in perspective.

“This is a very intriguing opportunity for motivated students to work with faculty members outside of the classroom and to see what we do in our scholarly endeavors,” says June Tangney, associate professor in psychology who serves on the ad-hoc committee that oversees the project. “I had a similar experience when I was in college and it literally changed my life.”

The program will be offered every semester, and participating students are eligible to receive three upper-division credits in their areas of study. For more information, contact Tangney at x34051.

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