The purpose of the Discovery Corps is to give second semester Honors Program freshmen in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources the opportunity to actively participate in structured meaningful on-going research in a one-on-one relationship with a faculty member of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The experience provides a short-term (5- to 8-week,) structured, meaningful research experience, introduces Freshmen to research as an academic endeavor, and allows students to participate in active faculty lead/directed research.
By participating in Discovery Corps, students gain first-hand experience and insight into the world of research while preparing reports of their activities and results. Upon completion of the research, faculty prepare written assessments of the student learning, outcomes and faculty teaching.
2014-2015 Academic Year & Submission Guidelines
- Limited to second semester Honors Program freshmen in majors in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
- Student must be current and meeting requirements of the University Honors Program.
- Participating faculty must have an appointment in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
- Student must register for AGRI 299H.
- Description of intended research activities presented in the successful application will constitute the “contract”.
- Faculty mentor will assess outcomes and determine grade.
- Fill out the application on-line: Discovery Corps On-Line Application or by printing a copy: Discovery Corps Printable Application.
- Provide a description of intended research activities with learning objectives and outcomes prepared to faculty member/mentor.
- Applications and awards will be done through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Dean’s office.
- Funding will be awarded to the faculty mentor and may be used to support teaching activities of choice.
- Amount of funding ($300 - $500) will depend on number of successful applicants. Faculty may use these funds support their teaching activities (e.g. travel, supplies, books, software, student clubs, etc.)
- With a positive experience, the successful completion of this experience should position the student/mentor to pursue UCARE funding as a sophomore.