As a first-year student, you will enroll in a two-credit PRISM seminar in the fall or winter term. All PRISM students are required to enroll in a seminar, which meets once a week. As is the case with research, a faculty member and peer mentors are involved in each seminar.
The fall term seminars focus on the following:
The relationship between science and mathematics majors and a liberal arts education.
Exciting career possibilities within the science community.
How to take advantage of undergraduate research and independent study opportunities and how to plan for these future opportunities.
Speaker events featuring successful people from the science community and events and exhibitions celebrating student research.
Introduction to science community clubs, societies and other opportunities.
Check out the seminars for fall 2010.
The winter term seminars take a slightly different approach, giving you the tools you need to successfully complete independent study and research projects. These tools include basic library skills, scientific methods, and laboratory basics. During these seminars, you also will learn about ongoing faculty research.
During both terms, PRISM seminars will give you the chance to interact with students of different majors. Biology, chemistry and exercise and health science students, for example, will be in the same seminar, as they require a similar set of research skills.
You also will continue your involvement with peer mentors. A peer mentor will meet with his or her seminar once a week during September and twice a month after that. During these meetings, you will have the opportunity to ask questions, communicate concerns and share your success stories!