Undergraduate TLO Awards Round 6

Summer 2011- Summer 2012
Faculty/Staff Leader Nature of the Experience
Gabbard, D. Chris Disability: Rights, Reality, Representation

(904) 620-2273

cgabbard@unf.edu

Dr. Gabbard’s LIT 4931 course on Disability Studies will focus on the nature, meaning, and consequences of what it is to be defined as disabled, and explore the historical and cultural dynamics of disability.  It will primarily address the stereotypes associated with and the experiential aspects of disability as these are deployed in literature, film, television, the Arts, and other cultural media.  It also will address disability rights, legal issues, and public policy as ancillary topics.  
 

In addition to attending biweekly class sessions, students will volunteer two hours per day, one day per week, over a ten-week period at one of three sites: The Mt. Herman Exceptional Student Center, Alden Road Exceptional Student Center, and Hope Haven Children’s Clinic and Family Center.

Student Criteria:

This TLO is open to all interested students.

Categories:

Service Learning

Johnson, Christopher Organic Gardening for Economically-Challenged Communities

(904) 620-1693

cjohnson@unf.edu

This community-based TLO offers undergraduate students a unique opportunity to study the problem of poverty and homelessness through a community-based research project centered around the efforts of the Clara White Mission to use sustainable organic gardening as a means of addressing a number of problems in the economically-challenged communities that the mission serves. 

Student participants in this research project will receive course credit by enrolling in a class focused on the Economics of Poverty.  A significant part of the curriculum will integrate students into an ongoing organic gardening project at the Clara White Mission, and also engage students in a research project that examines the potential economic impacts of an expanded organic gardening project that would utilize 11 acres of land owned by the Clara White Mission.  Students will immerse themselves into the community through significant interaction with the students in Clara White’s culinary training program, the clients served by Clara White Mission, and members of the community in which the 11-acre organic gardening program is being planned.

Student Criteria:

Students must enroll in a course titled "The Economics of Poverty and Income Distribution" (Prerequisites for this course are either Principles of Microeconomics or Principles of Macroeconomics)

The course will be open to all undergraduate students as long as the prerequisites are satisfied.

Categories:

Service Learning

Lane, Amy Diving for Drugs

(904) 620-2315

amy.lane@unf.edu

50/3500

The goal of the “Diving for Drugs” TLO is to provide students with training in the scientific inquiry process, as applied toward discovery of new antibiotics from marine microorganisms and including significant field experience.  Student participants will gain broad training in marine biology, microbiology, and chemistry fieldwork and laboratory skills, and develop interpersonal interaction, teamwork, leadership, and oral and written communication skills.  
 

This unique combined field and laboratory experience will guide students through on-campus and local training exercises in microbiology, marine biology and chemistry, in preparation for a July 2011 field expedition to the Florida Keys.  During the 7-day research cruise in the Keys, students will live entirely aboard the R/V Bellows Research Ship, and will collect and culture marine microbes from Keys habitats for drug discovery studies.  Upon returning to UNF with samples from the expedition, the team of student scientists will pursue chemical and microbiological studies to discover antibiotic molecules produced by the organisms they collected.   

Student Criteria:

Open to students majoring in Chemistry or Biology

Students will be expected to have at least a sophomore-level standing and a strong "B" average in their completed coursework

Students will provide short written statements, which will include student descriptions of their long-term goals, goals for development during a field and laboratory research experience, previous research experience, and perception of and interest in hands-on marine field research.

Finalists will be interviewed in person to assess their ability to orally communicate ideas and evaluate their potential to succeed interpersonally in the field portion of the project, where students will be required to interact effectively in close quarters for one week.

Before acceptance into the field portion of this TLO program, students will be required to perform a variety of swim tests at the UNF pool to help ensure student safety and productivity at sea, as well as complete basic first aid and CPR training.  (Note: students unable to complete the swim skills portion of the TLO application may still be considered as participants in the laboratory-based portion of this TLO as desired).

Categories:

Field Experience
Undergraduate Research

Ache, Laura UNF Model United Nations

(904) 620-3945

laura.ache@unf.edu

1/1220

This TLO will support  for the UNF Model UN team to attend three conferences/competitions throughout 2011-2012: Atlanta, GA (Southern Regional Conference), Washington, D.C. (national- and international-level competition), and New York, NY (major, culminating national-level competition).  
 

Model UN is an intercollegiate simulation of the United Nations, intended to educate students about the operations and goals of the UN.  In conferences, students study different perspectives of international politics and worldwide problems such as ethnic conflict, hunger, disease, and climate change.  The national conference in New York will host nearly 5,000 students, with more than half of the attendees coming from outside of the United States.  Attendance at this conference will also allow the UNF team to take an in-depth tour of the United Nations, meet with distinguished diplomats, meet with representatives of their assigned countries’ embassies, and meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

Student Criteria:

The Model UN Club at UNF is open to any interested students who maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

The model United Nations organization requires all delegates to attend mandatory meetings and have 90% participation in club activities (as outlined by the Club charter filed with Student Government).

The number participating as delegates on competition teams will be limited to Club members who are active and dedicated.

All potential delegates will be required to complete MUN research projects and to present to the Club academic position papers regarding their countries' policies on the competition topics.

Students are expected to act in a manner that best represents the UNF student body.

Categories:

Leadership

Gelsleichter, James Ecology of Sharks

(904) 620-1575

jim.gelsleichter@unf.edu

3/2200

This course will provide students with a unique opportunity to use knowledge that they obtain in formal class sessions to address an ongoing, real-world problem in the field of Shark Biology, that is, the need to identify and protect nursery grounds for overexploited shark species. This is a timely research topic that builds on preliminary work conducted by the UNF Shark Biology program, which has demonstrated the importance of the Tolomato River as critical habitat for the scalloped hammerhead and other shark species. The scalloped hammerhead is currently listed as an endangered species in U.S. Atlantic waters by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to overfishing. Therefore, we anticipate that the direct participation of students in actual research geared towards obtaining data necessary for conserving this species will instill a sense of real-world relevance into this course and a strong sense of personal investment on the part of students.

 

Students will enroll in a 3-credit-hour, upper-level undergraduate course focused on the biology and ecology of sharks during Summer B, 2011.  In addition to providing an overview of the basic biology of sharks, this course will emphasize the interactions that occur between humans and sharks, such as shark attacks on beachgoers, and the impacts of human exploitation on shark populations, using both classroom- and field-based forms of instruction.

Student Criteria:

Preference will be given to students who have completed General Biology I and II and therefore have a good grasp of basic aspects of biology and animal science.

A small number of highly motivated freshmen will be admitted to this TLO to provide "gateway" experiences into science.

Students will be selected based on personal interviews.

Categories:

Field Experience
Undergraduate Research

Ellis, Terri Biochemical Analysis of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

(904) 620-5766

terri.ellis@unf.edu

3/2200

This TLO project is designed to give students hands-on experience with biomedical research, focused on the issues of preventing, controlling, and treating antibiotic-resistant infections.  Students will complete a comparative biochemical analysis of outer membrane proteins produced by the bacteria Klebsiella pneumonia and Acenitbacter baumanni.  Both of these species of bacteria are major causes in nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections in immunocompromised patients.  Students will isolate, identify and quantify relative levels of outer membrane proteins in each of these strains.  
 

This program will provide students experience with clinically-relevant medical research using state-of-the art equipment at UNF, and interaction with clinical professionals at the Mayo Clinic.  It is designed to help students prepare for and more fully explore career options in medicine, clinical science, and biomedical research.  Students will be expected to commit a minimum of six hours per week to this project in 3-hour blocks throughout the 2011-2012 school year.  The project will culminate with students travelling to the American Society for Microbiology Florida branch annual meeting to present their findings to the scientific community.   

 

Student Criteria:

This TLO experience will be open to students who have successfully completed either MCB2010 (Microbiology) or MCB3020c (Microbial Biology).

A background in Biology (i.e. Biology major) is preferred, but not required.

Students will participate in a brief interview.

Factors that will be considered include success in relevant coursework, larger career interest in the area, and the student's willingness to commit large amounts of time in their schedule to the TLO experience.

Students must be willing to put in three-hour blocks of time (minimum) for each session working in the lab.

Categories:

Field Experience
Undergraduate Research

Waddell, David Biomedical Research in Aging-Associated Muscle Atrophy

(904) 620-1958

d.s.waddell@unf.edu

3/2200

The goal of this project is to determine if HDAC4, a gene expressed in muscle and “turned on” when skeletal muscle loses its connection to the nervous system, is important in the aging process at the molecular level.  Students will analyze DNA from skeletal muscle of young and old mice, and these DNA samples will be characterized using state-of-the-art techniques in genome analysis.  This TLO proposes to investigate the molecular and genetic controls of longevity using the mouse as a model organism, along with cell culture and molecular genetic techniques.  
 

The techniques utilized in this project will provide an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to learn and understand new and exciting methods currently being used in biomedical research.  This TLO will provide students the opportunity to learn cell culture coupled with molecular genetic techniques that they might not learn in the classroom.  Furthermore, students will use these skills to address important questions in muscle aging.  Then during the summer of 2012, in collaboration with Dr. David Furlow, the final phase of the project will be conducted during a two week trip to U.C. Davis. Dr. Furlow is a broadly trained molecular biologist and has generously offered space in his laboratory for UNF students to learn the techniques required to do whole genome studies. 


 

Student Criteria:

Students who are Biology majors and have an interest in the biomedical field will be given preference, however any student who is able to effectively demonstrate and articulate their reasons for wanting to participate in this program will also be given an opportunity.

Students who are freshmen or sophomores will have to successfully complete General Biology I.

Students who are juniors will be required to have successfully completed General Biology I and at least one of the following upper-division courses: Genetics (PCB 3063C), Molecular and Cell Biology (PCB 3023C) and Physiology (PCB 4713C).

Students will participate in an interview to discuss their interest in the project, their career objectives and their willingness to participate in the project for a full academic year. 

Categories:

Field Experience
Undergraduate Research

Butler, Joseph Tortoises, Terrapins, and Students

(904) 620-2831

jbutler@unf.edu

3/2200

Through this TLO project, students will learn a variety of techniques for capturing, handling, measuring and marking gopher tortoises and diamondback terrapins. Additionally, they will learn why these species are so important in their own habitats and how their continued existence has become so threatened by the activities of humans.
 

Tortoise students will learn the components of tortoise habitat which are necessary for their food and shelter and how their environment has long been influenced by natural fires. They will learn a variety of techniques for assessing tortoise habitat, particularly soil and vegetative analysis. This will entail learning to identify various plants used by tortoises. They will learn habitat management techniques such as controlled burning and subsequent habitat assessment to determine its effects.
 

Terrapin students starting this project with little or no knowledge about diamondback terrapins or field work will finish having transformed into field biologists with an in-depth appreciation for the needs of this and other species, an understanding of the complications involved in management of habitats, and an appreciation for anthropogenic effects on habitats.

Student Criteria:

To participate, students must have a sincere interest in doing field work and must be reliable.

All students who express interest in working on the projects will be accepted, but only students who are reliable, dedicated and helpful will receive the TLO scholarship.

Categories:

Undergraduate Research

Merten, Julie Our Campus, Our Health

(904) 620-4017

jmerten@unf.edu

39/4014

A group of 15 student-volunteers will gather data about the health behaviors of the UNF student body, including physical activity, illicit drug use, nutrition and mental health.  They plan to host a State of the Student Health address for UNF stakeholders, administrators, faculty, staff and students in Spring 2011, based on the findings of their study.  
 

Students also plan to present their  findings at the American School Health Association (ASHA) annual meeting .  They will have the opportunity to participate in scientific research, and be recognized in the field of health education and grow their national network of contacts.

Student Criteria:

Students who assisted with conducting the 2010 campus health assessment will be considered for this TLO.

Categories:

Leadership
Undergraduate Research

Hargrove, Melissa Gullah/Geechee Culture of the Southeastern U.S.: Africa in the Americas

(904) 620-1625

m.hargrove@unf.edu

51/2304

This TLO will involve a credit-bearing undergraduate anthropology course at the 4000 level designed as an interdisciplinary collaboration with “The Ghana Project” offered through the UNF Honors Program. The course, Gullah/Geechee Culture of the Southeastern U.S., introduces students to the population increasingly recognized as 'the root of Africa in the New World.' In 2006, the Gullah/Geechee communities spanning the coastal regions of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Northern Florida became the first cultural group of African descent to

be recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior with a Cultural Heritage Corridor, thereby acknowledging their national importance to “American” culture. The course material and experiences of the proposed TLO draw upon more than a decade of the leader’s ongoing anthropological research experiences among the Gullah/Geechee in an effort to illustrate how West African cultural lifeways have been and continue to be translated, interpreted and sustained in this New World Diasporic context.

 

Students participating in the TLO course in Fall 2011 would subsequently enroll in a related-content course for Spring 2012 and participate in “The Ghana Project” in early Summer 2012 (accompanied by both TLO leader and Spring honors professor). This cumulative experience would foster a deeper understanding of the connections between Africa and the African Diaspora by allowing students to see and experience the cultural connections first-hand.

Student Criteria:

Students will be recruited from the following programs: Anthropology (major/minor), Honors program, African American Studies and African Diaspora minor, or based on faculty nomination.

Students must submit an unofficial transcript.

Students will participate in an interview conducted by Dr. Hargrove and the director of the UNF Honors & Scholars program.

If a competitive process becomes necessary, students will be ranked holistically based on grade point average, completed coursework, and relevant content knowledge.

Categories:

Field Experience
Service Learning

Hawkins, LouAnne Scientist or Practitioner: Discerning My Place in Psychology through Engagement in My Community

(904) 620-3942

lhawkins@unf.edu

1/1220

The purpose of this TLO is to facilitate the transformation of students into scientists and/or practitioners through reflection on experiences in a community organization.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in research while simultaneously participating in a practicum as a trained peer counselor.  In doing so, students will be better prepared and informed about making important, life-altering decisions about their futures.  
 

The highlight of this TLO experience will be students’ engagement with clients as professionally trained peer counselors (under the supervision of agency staff and UNF faculty) and their engagement with clients as trained researchers in psychology (under the supervision of UNF faculty) in an agency serving the needs of women – the Divine Mercy House, a maternity home. Students will work collaboratively with agency officials and faculty mentors to develop shared academic and agency descriptions of problems to be addressed, solutions to be applied, and activities that constitute success. Students will enroll in one practicum course and one DIS. They will be expected to be actively engaged in research and/or counseling for a minimum of 10 hours each week for which they are registered: approximately half in counseling and half in research. By participating in this TLO, students will clarify their educational and career goals and begin their transformations from student to professional.

Student Criteria:

Junior and senior level students pursuing a major or minor in psychology will be encouraged to apply.

Students will be expected to have completed three courses within the major.

Prior to accepting applications for the TLO, students interested in participating in the course will be expected to attend an information session in which the course will be discussed.

Students will submit a one-page essay in which they discuss the reasons that they wish to participate in this program, as well as an unofficial transcript.  Students who through their essay and transcript demonstrate a motivation to acquire new skills as well as gain insight into their purpose in a career and in the community will be selected for interviews.

Students who during their interview exhibit maturity, openness to experience, and conscientiousness will be selected to participate in the program.

Although no specific GPA is required for participation, students with a demonstrated ability to master new information will be preferred to students with poor academic performance.

Categories:

Service Learning
Undergraduate Research

Moore, April St. Johns River TLO

(904) 620-2668

april.moore@unf.edu

1/2200

Students will prepare for a spring immersion experience on the St. Johns River by working with faculty mentors in their respective major disciplines during the spring semester.  Each student will design a project to be executed on the river during Spring Break, 2012.  The faculty mentor will be responsible for guiding the development of a project worthy of one academic credit (to be awarded at the conclusion of the Spring 2012 term) and will hold the student mentee accountable for completion of the project.  A final “deliverable” will be required as appropriate for the discipline, for example a scientific report, a completed series of paintings, a term paper, etc.  The students will be on a houseboat for 8 continuous days primarily in the middle portion of the St. Johns River.  They will visit state parks, springs, tributaries, and other points of natural significance and interact with authors, historians, scientists, engineers, artists, and musicians about the river and its people. An important feature of the student-designed projects is that they must be shared with the other students on the trip, a Project-Based Educational (PBE) approach.

 

Student Criteria:

Open to all majors.

Students must complete an application and submit it to the Environmental Center.

Personal interviews will be conducted.

Categories:

Field Experience

Ross, Cliff Impacts of the BP Oil Spill on Tropical Coral Reefs

(904) 620-1853

cliff.ross@unf.edu

50/2216

This TLO describes a 2-credit, direct independent study course that will offer undergraduate students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with coral reef biology and physiology. Due to the recent Deepwater Horizon environmental disaster, there is now a pressing concern for the fate of corals of the Florida Reef Tract, and the coral reef environments that they maintain. Most corals have two life history stages, larvae and adult, both of which may be subject to a variety of environmental stressors (e.g. exposure to contaminants, changes in salinity and temperature). Surmounting evidence has shown that these stressors result in adult coral stress and/or mortality. What are less well studied are the effects of environmental stressors on the vital larvae phase. If larvae do not survive and recruit to a site, adult populations will undergo a drastic reduction. The basis for this research opportunity is to work with the understudied, yet extremely important, larval phase using the coral Porites astreoides as a model system. 

Based upon previous research by the principle investigator, it has been determined that
P. astreoides releases its larvae on the new moon of every May. This narrow window (May 20, 2012 ± 3 days) dictates the timely offering of this proposed TLO (Total: 2 week duration). Days 1-10 will be designated for the field component of this project (sample collection and experimental set up). Days 11-14 will be used for laboratory analysis of the specimens at UNF (laboratory of Cliff Ross). The field component of this research will take place at Mote Marine Tropical Laboratory, a fully-equipped marine science facility dedicated to marine research, education and conservation. The facility is located within easy access to a variety of coral reef habitats. UNF students will be involved in all aspects of this project including adult coral collection, larvae maintenance, experimental setup, and data collection and analysis. 

 

Student Criteria:

Open to all majors, but preference will be given to students that have an inherent interest in marine biology and associated sciences.

Students must participate in an interview.

Students must be of sophomore through senior standing.

Categories:

Field Experience
Undergraduate Research

Febles, Jorge Scholarships for Language Study Abroad

(904) 620-2283

j.febles@unf.edu

10/2319

Funds for these scholarships will be used by individual students for an international language study activity of their own choosing (must be credit bearing, with 6 credits minimum required).  Students will be required to identify the particular study abroad activity they will use the funds for.  If a scholarship recipient does not participate in the identified study abroad activity, he/she will be required to return the scholarship funds.  Priority will be given to Spanish or French language majors who wish to study abroad for one semester. Priority will also be given to students who have studied Chinese at UNF for 4 semesters having completed Beginning Chinese I and II and Intermediate Chinese I and II.  A second priority will be given to language minors. Consideration will be given to non-language majors who wish to study Spanish, French, or Chinese, on a funds-available basis. Scholarships will be funded at the amount of $1,000 for a semester award and $500 for a summer award

Student Criteria:

Priority will be given to Spanish or French language majors who wish to study abroad for one semester. 

Priority will also be given to students who have studied Chinese at UNF for 4 semesters having completed Beginning Chinese I and II and Intermediate Chinese I and II.  

Language majors who choose to study on an established Department of World Languages summer study program in France or Spain will also be given priority (if that program is not already receiving TLO funds). 

A second priority will be given to language minors.  

Consideration will be given to non-language majors who wish to study Spanish, French, or Chinese, on a funds-available basis.  

Students must complete an application form;  

Student must submit a letter of recommendation (UNF/academic source preferred); 

Students will participate in an interview with the World Languages Dept Chair. 

Student must be enrolled in a UNF bachelor’s degree program;  

Student must be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher);  

Student must have a satisfactory conduct record. 

Student must have language proficiency or passed any prerequisite courses needed to perform satisfactorily at the planned overseas program; 

Student must be accepted (or have applied) to an approved international program (for credit);  

Student must have an active study abroad file with the UNF International Center (i.e., have discussed study abroad plans with an International Center Study Abroad Coordinator). 

Categories:

International

Michelman, Jeff Coggin Semester Study Abroad

(904) 620-1541

jeff.michelman@unf.edu

10/2101

This TLO proposes to fund 35 semester study abroad opportunities for undergraduate students.   Over the past six years, 20 students on average have participated annually in Coggin Semester Study Abroad, with a high of 31 for the 2009/2010 academic year.  All undergraduate students participating in study will be given a scholarship up to the first 35 that sign up.  Because students must maintain a minimum GPA to be eligible, this is a reasonable hurdle for all students who wish to participate.  Students  must spend the semester abroad and take a minimum of 12 credit hours.  Although Coggin has designated faculty-led and summer programs offered primarily to students who have jobs and families, we believe that the most transformational experience a student can have is to go away for an entire semester, take courses and live with foreign students. 

Student Criteria:

Students must be enrolled in a Coggin College of Business degree program.

Students will be awarded scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75.

Students must spend the semester abroad and take a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Categories:

International

Robinson, Tim Study Abroad Scholarships

(904) 620-2657

trobinso@unf.edu

58E/2307

Funds for these scholarships will be used by individual students for the international study activity of their own choosing (must be credit-bearing, with 3 credits minimum required).  Students will be required to identify the particular study abroad activity they will use the funds for. Priority will be given to students applying for a UNF exchange program, a UNF-connected program, and/or any other program that has a formal relationship with UNF. Other programs may be supported, on a funds-available basis, if approved by the UNF International center and by UNF academic advisors for credit transfer. The programs allowed for these scholarships will vary in length from 3 weeks to a full semester (the majority will be semester in length based on 2009-2010 experience). Scholarships are anticipated to be in two categories: short term ($500) and long term ($1,000). The former would be for a summer or shorter study abroad activity (10 awards); the latter for a semester or longer study activity (15 awards).

Student Criteria:

Open to all students, but preference will be given to students who are not in the International Studies Program, Coggin College of Business, or World Languages (since these programs have TLO scholarship funds for study abroad).

Students must fill out the application form online at http://www.unf.edu/dept/intlctr and submit to the International Center;

Students must submit a letter of recommendation (UNF/academic source preferred);

Students must submit a two-page (max) essay explaining the personal importance of the planned international study;

Students must be enrolled in a UNF bachelor's degree program;

Students must be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher);

Students must have a satisfactory conduct record;

Students must be accepted (or have applied) to a UNF international exchange or international affiliate program (for credit);

Students must have an active study abroad file with the UNF International Center (i.e., have discussed study abroad plans with an International Center Study Abroad Coordinator).

Upon return, scholarship recipients must agree to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours assisting with UNF Study Abroad projects and/or events, and agree to complete a post-study abroad short-answer essay.

Categories:

International

Soderberg, Nancy Beyond Our Campus: Public Policy Internships for UNF Students

Honors & Scholars Program

(904) 620-2649

1/1220

This TLO will support UNF students who undertake substantial internships in places such as Italy, England, Thailand and other international locales.  Ambassador Nancy Soderberg has been successful in placing UNF students in very competitive and prestigious internships with members of Congress, the State Department, the UN World Food Programme, and many of the nation's leading think tanks. 

These internships will be for varying amounts of time, ranging from six to eight weeks during the summer to a full semester.  Each student who undertakes an internship will be required to enroll in a Directed Independent Study class either within the student's major department or within the Honors program.  The class will provide each student with an internship mentor and structured assignments that promote the transformational process.

Student Criteria:

Open to all majors.

First year students will not be allowed to participate, and preference will be given to upper-level (junior and senior) students.

Academic performance will be taken into account since most of the coursework will be done independently.

Although there may be some exceptions, students will be expected to have a 3.0 minimum GPA.

Although financial need is not a prerequisite, it may be taken into account if two equally qualified students are vying for support.

Categories:

Directed Independent Study
International

Zeiser, Pamela Long-Term Study Abroad Support for International Studies Majors

(904) 620-1931

pzeiser@unf.edu

51/2104

All students majoring in interdisciplinary International Studies must complete an international educational experience as a requirement for graduation. The major requires coursework in the fields of anthropology, economics, geography, history, and political science, all of which prepare students for international experiences. Many students participate in short-term, UNF faculty-led study abroad programs and can thus benefit from program-specific TLO funding. Increasingly, however, International Studies majors are undertaking semester- or year-long study abroad programs but find the costs prohibitive. This TLO will provide travel scholarships for International Studies majors enrolling in a semester- or year-long study abroad program during 2011-2012. Students will choose the programs best-suited to their individual academic needs and interests, though all will be approved by UNF's International Center to qualify for funding.  Recent and current locations for long-term study abroad programs by International Studies majors include China, Germany, Japan, Morocco, and the United Kingdom. 

Student Criteria:

Open to International Studies majors enrolling in a semester- or year-long study abroad program during 2011-2012.

Students are required to complete a reflective essay upon their return from the long-term study abroad program.

 

Categories:

International

Michelman, Jeff Service Learning in Guatemala

(904) 620-1541

jeff.michelman@unf.edu

10/2101

This study abroad course is an excellent opportunity to experience the history and culture of one of the most interesting and important countries in Central America. The trip includes visits to the north of the country (Tikal and Flores), Antigua and the Western Highlands including Panajachel and Huehuetenango. This study abroad is unique in that its focus is on freshman and  that it creates a study abroad environment that immerses students in service learning. Students will interact with Guatemalan indigenous communities and attend lectures/presentations addressing current economic and social issues in Guatemala. This course is aimed at students with interests in service learning, social entrepreneurship, socio-political and economic development, clean water availability and educational access with Latin America. This trip includes a service learning component and students will participate in several projects sponsored by Rotary International for the benefit of the indigenous communities in Guatemala.


Through this trip and the project students will have the opportunity to experience the richness of Guatemala’s culture and history. This course provides students the opportunity to think critically regarding economic development, hygiene, education and sustainability issues in a developing country, demonstrate the ability to present information and write reports, and understand the historic, social and economic
background of business in international markets.

Student Criteria:

This trip is specifically geared toward freshmen in UNF's Venture Studies program.

This course is aimed at students with interests in service learning, social entrepreneurship, socio-political and economic development, clean water availability and educational access with Latin America.

Categories:

International
Service Learning

Schwam-Baird, Shira French Language Study Abroad in Strasbourg, France

(904) 620-1248

sschwam@unf.edu

10/2151

The Strasbourg French language and culture study abroad program has been in existence for twelve years, and is a true immersion experience for students.  The program consists of five weeks in France during which the UNF students have French classes 15 hours a week (total 60 contact hours) in which native speaker instructors teach entirely in French and their classmates come from all over the world. They live with French families with whom they take two meals a day, so their immersion experience continues outside the classroom, and real cultural contact fills the greater part of most days as they navigate the city independently on foot and on public transportation (and most travel outside the city is by train).

 

Dr. Schwam- Baird teaches a culture class (Faces of France) three afternoons a week and conducts their many excursions—short afternoon visits to places of interest in the city, full-day Saturday excursions in the region around Strasbourg, and a long weekend in Paris (total about 80 contact hours including the excursions).

Student Criteria:

The program is open to all majors and minors, but in order to participate, students must have the equivalent of a year of college French study.

Students must be in good academic standing, but there is no specific GPA minimum.

Categories:

International

Ibanez, Nuria Spanish Study Abroad at the University of Cantabria

(904) 620-2063

nuria.ibanez@unf.edu

10/2143

This Spanish Study Abroad Program at the University of Cantabria in Santander offers students the opportunity to study language and culture at one of the 15 top universities in Spain as defined by the Spanish government.  UNF students will enroll in an intensive language course focusing on spoken and written Spanish.  The students benefit from a rigorous academic program while they also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Spanish culture, and to travel on their own.  The students receive over 60 hours of instruction from University of Cantabria teachers.  Dr. Ibanez will teach a six-week course focused on Spain, Cantabria and Santander in order to ensure a comprehensive cultural experience.  As part of the culture course, students will travel with me to Burgos and Valladolid in order to view firsthand examples of art and architecture studied in the course.

Student Criteria:

Spanish majors and minors will be given preference.

This program is limited to students who have demonstrated a commitment to the study of Spanish language and culture.

Students must have completed at the very minimum Intermediate Spanish II by the end of the first summer session.

Students will have to complete an application form that requires writing a brief essay in Spanish on the following theme: "In approximately 200 words, describe in Spanish how studying in Santander this summer will have a transformational impact on you as a student and as a person."

Candidates for the program will be interviewed by a selection committee.  This committee will take into consideration the essays written by the applicants.

Categories:

International

Shaw, Sherry Interpretation Studies in Austria and Slovenia

(904) 620-1811

sherry.shaw@unf.edu

57/3519

This TLO allows degree-seeking undergraduate students of American Sign Language / English Interpreting to accompany graduate students in a study abroad for 13 days at two universities in Austria and Slovenia that have translation/interpretation programs: The Karl-Franzens University of Graz, Austria (signed and spoken language programs) and the University of Ljubijana, Slovenia (conference interpreting program/spoken only).  Students will be enrolled in Applied Research in Interpreting at the time of the TLO and will be in the midst of designing research projects and writing literature reviews when they travel.

Given that signed language interpreting students are typically isolated from the larger world of spoken language translation and interpretation, it is unique that UNF students have the opportunity to see how the pedagogy of educating interpreters is similar, regardless of mode.  The TLO leaders plan to expose students to a broader world view of their chosen career while instilling in them an enthusiasm for research in second language acquisition, interpretation theory and process, and the larger field of translation/interpretation learning.

 

Student Criteria:

All interpreting students who are eligible to take Applied Research in Interpreting will be eligible to participate in this TLO.

Students must be degree-seeking and in good standing with the ASL/English Interpreting program.

Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have completed one semester in the program prior to the TLO.

The application process requires an essay on the anticipated value of the TLO and an interview.

Priority will be given to students who: demonstrate active membership and leadership in professional interpreting, deafness-related and research organizations; contribute to the Deaf community in service and support (outside of service learning course requirements); use ethical judgment in accepting work as interpreters according to their credentials; and display potential for positively representing the program, department, college, UNF, and the U.S.

Categories:

International
Undergraduate Research

Lupi, Marsha Creating Transformational Learning Opportunities: Student Teaching in Plymouth, England

(904) 620-2520

mlupi@unf.edu

57/3615

The foundational principles for this project are based upon the reality that North Florida’s schools are becoming more diverse; our K-12 classrooms are increasingly populated with students from many different cultures. To be pedagogically effective, teachers must develop a greater understanding of culturally-based learning styles. A selected group of academically qualified and recommended students will travel to Plymouth, England where they will participate in a daily teaching internship for three weeks in diverse elementary, special or secondary education classrooms. Plymouth is a center for first and second generation immigrants from African and East and West Asian countries increasing the multicultural training opportunities for our students. This internship will serve as a culminating activity to the fourteen-week internship semester in Jacksonville.  Students will participate in all aspects of the school day and week, engaging in discussions about the curriculum and organization of British schools. They will practice teach and receive feedback from both their UK teacher and the UNF faculty supervisor. Also, they will attend seminars with home and host faculty at the University College, Plymouth (UCP).  This experience also offers our students’ many scenic and historical opportunities including a trip into London.

Student Criteria:

Students in the fields of pre-K primary, elementary, special education and secondary education will be eligible for this three-week experience during their internship semester which takes place in their final semester.

Students must have a B or better in their Field I and II courses.

Students must have a minimum overall GPA of at least 3.0.

While financial need will not be considered as a separate factor, during the internship semester students are not allowed to work because they are full-time in the public school placements.

Students are required to register for 12 credit hours of internship credit to participate in both their Jacksonville school placement and the placement abroad.

Students are required to submit an application form which includes a series of essay questions that asks them to reflect on their reasons for wanting to do part of their internship abroad, their personal goals, and the overall decision to travel and live abroad.

Students will be interviewed by a team of trip faculty members led by Dr. Lupi.

Students must provide three current professional references.

 

 

Categories:

Field Experience
International

Kaplan, Leslie It's All Greek to Me: Summer Study Abroad in Athens

(904) 620-2649

leslie.kaplan@unf.edu

1/1220

There is a well-documented contrast between how outsiders, especially those from Europe and the U.S., view the country and people of Greece vs. how Greek culture is viewed by natives.  This TLO will use this inside/outside idea to allow students to experience and study how Greece's history has shaped its modern identity, and how contrast with Greek identity allows them (for perhaps the first time) to see their own identity in sharp relief.

 

The students' experience of Greek culture and identity will be truly immersive.  They will live and study for five weeks at the American College of Greece, a NEASC-accredited college in suburban Athens.  The college, a modern and well-equipped campus, has a student body that is 90% Greek.  At the most basic level of immersion, the students will live in college housing with full kitchens (and no cafeteria) so that they have to procure their own food and other daily needs in local stores.

 

The students will take six credits of courses, three taught by UNF faculty and three at ACG.  The class at ACG will be a course of their choice at either the upper or lower division.  By individually choosing their own ACG class, each one will likely end up alone in a class of Greek students, pushing them out of their "American bubble" and into closer contact with Greek students, providing a deeper level of immersion.

Student Criteria:

The target participants for this TLO is Honors students.  However, space permitting, non-Honors students with a 3.0 GPA or above will be permitted (Preference will be given to Classical Civilization minors).

This TLO is open to students of all majors and all class standings.

Students will need to be able to participate in extensive walking at archaeological sites where there is no wheelchair accessibility.

Students must complete an application and will participate in an interview.

Students must demonstrate maturity, openness to new cultures, and an interest in the subject.

Categories:

International

Murphy, Debra Art, Art History and Design in the Eternal City

(904) 620-1766

dmurphy@unf.edu

45/2024

In this month-long TLO, students will take two UNF faculty-led art or art history courses at the campus of St. John's University, located on Via Marcantonio Colonna in the Prati section of Rome.  Students will become more independent and confident in a major urban center where most will not speak the language.  All students keep journals and sketchbooks and reflective assignments are given and discussed regularly.  Students become more aware of their own American culture as they learn about Italian life. 

 

At the very core of the UNF Rome Program is the emphasis on experiential learning on site. Lectures, student reports, studio classes and  drawing and painting lessons will be conducted in the Vatican Museums, the Coliseum, the Pantheon, etc. Students will be assigned research projects that require them to navigate the fabric of the city in its multilayered contexts ranging from antiquity to the present. They will learn rudimentary Italian and Italian customs.

Student Criteria:

Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be of at least sophomore standing.

Students will participate in an interview before they are accepted.

Categories:

International

Fullerton, Elizabeth Inclusive Education in Cusco, Peru

(904) 620-4359

e.fullerton@unf.edu

57/2219

Student Criteria:

This TLO is open to students in the College of Education and Human Services who are at the pre-intern level.

Students must be in good standing with the University as well as the College of Education and Human Services.

The students will be interviewed by the trip leader and each student must provide a letter of reference.

If selected, students must complete an orientation for traveling abroad through the International Center as well as an orientation to teaching in another country conducted by COEHS.

Students will take a one-credit independent study through the Department of Childhood Education.

Categories:

Field Experience
International

Scaff, Claudia Art, Design, Communication and Society in Brazil

(904) 620-3817

cscaff@unf.edu

45/2512

Salvador, Bahia was founded in 1549 on the northeast coast of Brazil and is considered one of the oldest cities in the New World. It was also the first colonial capital of Brazil and was the most populous city in the New World for over 200 years. Named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1985, Salvador’s mixture of ethnic groups including Amer-Indian, African, and European makes it a cultural melting-pot.

 
The funds for this TLO will support a study abroad program in Salvador, Bahia focusing on the arts, design, history and social sustainability. While experience the culture, students will visit and work closely with local non-profit organizations. First the program will visit historical sites, museums, business centers, and organizations that are sucessfully working with the community. Secondly, the program will visit non-profit organizations that are in need of support for their community outreach activities.

 
The course will be offered in July 2011 with a total duration of two weeks. Students will also be required to meet 3 times before departure and 2 times after the trip.  Some activities will focus on the design and development of programs and promotions for the selected non-profit organizations. Students will work under the guidance of Brazilian designers, and advertising agencies while engaging in a range of professional development activities, for example, client interview techniques and portfolio development, to enhance their professional skills.

Student Criteria:

Open to all students, but preference will be given to students who have in the past exhibited interest in public service.

Categories:

International
Service Learning

Tasher, Cara UNF Choral Performance Tour in South Africa: An Exchange with Jacksonville's sister-city's Nelson Mandela Municipality University

(904) 620-3839

cara.tasher@unf.edu

45/2009

The University of North Florida Chamber Singers will be traveling to South Africa for a 12-day tour of the country as well as the chance to be part of a culturally diversifying experience for students, other tourists and locals. Students will encounter the culture of South Africa first-hand with Jacksonville's sister-city Nelson Mandela Bay, Capetown and Johannesburg while performing repertoire from regions around the world including North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe and Africa.

 
Students will travel through both the large cities and smaller towns of South Africa in order to provide a well-rounded perspective on South African culture. The touring ensemble membership will span multiple age brackets, ethnic backgrounds and majors. The transformational aspect of the tour will come through both the act of touring the country as a performing ensemble and also through representing a diverse group of students working together to create music. As with the TLO-sponsored 2007 Portugal Tour and the fundraised 2010 Italy Tour, a focal point of the trip will have students performing alongside collegiate choral ensembles based in South Africa, providing UNF singers with the opportunity to interact with peers of another country. Rather than merely visiting landmarks, our students will experience another culture and its languages from within, heightening their cultural transformational learning. Another facet of the experience will be performing in underserved parts of various cities, providing the South African communities a vocal as well as physical model of success in diversity.

Student Criteria:

Open to all majors.

Students will participate in an interview.

Students must be willing to fundraise any amount that cannot be raised through this grant or other funding sources.

Participation in choral rehearsals is required.

Financial need will be considered in consultation with Financial Aid.

Categories:

Field Experience
International

Beam, Joel Teaching Across Borders: Cross-Cultural Immersion in Athletic Training

(904) 620-1424

jbeam@unf.edu

39/2012

Students within the UNF undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program will be given a unique opportunity to travel to Chile and teach undergraduate students and interact with faculty in the physical trainer and sport physiotherapist specializations at DuocUC Vina Del Mar, Chile.  DuocUC Vina Del mar serves approximately 8,000 students from Chile who are looking to advance their technical and professional skills with higher vocational education. 

 

UNF students will teach the Chilean students and interact with DuocUC faculty in the following subject areas: anatomy, orthopedic evaluation, and injury rehabilitation.  The TLO will occur over 7 days, with 5 days dedicated to instruction.  The first day will focus on anatomy, the following two days will be used to provide an overview of orthopedic evaluation skills for common athletic injuries, and the last two days will be used to provide foundations in rehabilitation of common athletic injuries.  UNF students will prepare a lecture that they will present to the Chilean students along with a hands-on clinical lab section to accompany the lecture.  DuocUC faculty will be present for these presentations.  UNF students traveling to Chile will be paired to complete this task and all lectures and labs will be evaluated by the TLO leaders prior to leaving Chile to determine quality and validity of the instructional materials.  This opportunity will immerse students in a diverse population, while developing their teaching and communication skills.

Student Criteria:

Students must be seniors enrolled in the Athletic Training Education program.

Students must complete a 3-page essay discussing why they desire to participate in the TLO, what they expect to gain from the experience, how the TLO will benefit the Chilean students and faculty, and how the TLO will benefit them in reaching their professional goals.

Students must participate in an interview with the TLO leaders.

Selection of students will be based on significance of essay, interview, and current academic standing in the UNF Athletic Training and Education program.

Students will be selected in October 2011.

Categories:

Field Experience
International

   
Directed Independent Study
Faculty/Staff Leader Nature of the Experience
Soderberg, Nancy Beyond Our Campus: Public Policy Internships for UNF Students

Honors & Scholars Program

(904) 620-2649

1/1220

This TLO will support UNF students who undertake substantial internships in places such as Italy, England, Thailand and other international locales.  Ambassador Nancy Soderberg has been successful in placing UNF students in very competitive and prestigious internships with members of Congress, the State Department, the UN World Food Programme, and many of the nation's leading think tanks. 

These internships will be for varying amounts of time, ranging from six to eight weeks during the summer to a full semester.  Each student who undertakes an internship will be required to enroll in a Directed Independent Study class either within the student's major department or within the Honors program.  The class will provide each student with an internship mentor and structured assignments that promote the transformational process.

Criteria:

Open to all majors.

First year students will not be allowed to participate, and preference will be given to upper-level (junior and senior) students.

Academic performance will be taken into account since most of the coursework will be done independently.

Although there may be some exceptions, students will be expected to have a 3.0 minimum GPA.

Although financial need is not a prerequisite, it may be taken into account if two equally qualified students are vying for support.

   
Leadership
Faculty/Staff Leader Nature of the Experience
Ache, Laura UNF Model United Nations

(904) 620-3945

laura.ache@unf.edu

1/1220

This TLO will support  for the UNF Model UN team to attend three conferences/competitions throughout 2011-2012: Atlanta, GA (Southern Regional Conference), Washington, D.C. (national- and international-level competition), and New York, NY (major, culminating national-level competition).  
 

Model UN is an intercollegiate simulation of the United Nations, intended to educate students about the operations and goals of the UN.  In conferences, students study different perspectives of international politics and worldwide problems such as ethnic conflict, hunger, disease, and climate change.  The national conference in New York will host nearly 5,000 students, with more than half of the attendees coming from outside of the United States.  Attendance at this conference will also allow the UNF team to take an in-depth tour of the United Nations, meet with distinguished diplomats, meet with representatives of their assigned countries’ embassies, and meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

Criteria:

The Model UN Club at UNF is open to any interested students who maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

The model United Nations organization requires all delegates to attend mandatory meetings and have 90% participation in club activities (as outlined by the Club charter filed with Student Government).

The number participating as delegates on competition teams will be limited to Club members who are active and dedicated.

All potential delegates will be required to complete MUN research projects and to present to the Club academic position papers regarding their countries' policies on the competition topics.

Students are expected to act in a manner that best represents the UNF student body.

Merten, Julie Our Campus, Our Health

(904) 620-4017

jmerten@unf.edu

39/4014

A group of 15 student-volunteers will gather data about the health behaviors of the UNF student body, including physical activity, illicit drug use, nutrition and mental health.  They plan to host a State of the Student Health address for UNF stakeholders, administrators, faculty, staff and students in Spring 2011, based on the findings of their study.  
 

Students also plan to present their  findings at the American School Health Association (ASHA) annual meeting .  They will have the opportunity to participate in scientific research, and be recognized in the field of health education and grow their national network of contacts.

Criteria:

Students who assisted with conducting the 2010 campus health assessment will be considered for this TLO.

   
Field Experience
Faculty/Staff Leader Nature of the Experience
Lane, Amy Diving for Drugs

(904) 620-2315

amy.lane@unf.edu

50/3500

The goal of the “Diving for Drugs” TLO is to provide students with training in the scientific inquiry process, as applied toward discovery of new antibiotics from marine microorganisms and including significant field experience.  Student participants will gain broad training in marine biology, microbiology, and chemistry fieldwork and laboratory skills, and develop interpersonal interaction, teamwork, leadership, and oral and written communication skills.  
 

This unique combined field and laboratory experience will guide students through on-campus and local training exercises in microbiology, marine biology and chemistry, in preparation for a July 2011 field expedition to the Florida Keys.  During the 7-day research cruise in the Keys, students will live entirely aboard the R/V Bellows Research Ship, and will collect and culture marine microbes from Keys habitats for drug discovery studies.  Upon returning to UNF with samples from the expedition, the team of student scientists will pursue chemical and microbiological studies to discover antibiotic molecules produced by the organisms they collected.   

Criteria:

Open to students majoring in Chemistry or Biology

Students will be expected to have at least a sophomore-level standing and a strong "B" average in their completed coursework

Students will provide short written statements, which will include student descriptions of their long-term goals, goals for development during a field and laboratory research experience, previous research experience, and perception of and interest in hands-on marine field research.

Finalists will be interviewed in person to assess their ability to orally communicate ideas and evaluate their potential to succeed interpersonally in the field portion of the project, where students will be required to interact effectively in close quarters for one week.

Before acceptance into the field portion of this TLO program, students will be required to perform a variety of swim tests at the UNF pool to help ensure student safety and productivity at sea, as well as complete basic first aid and CPR training.  (Note: students unable to complete the swim skills portion of the TLO application may still be considered as participants in the laboratory-based portion of this TLO as desired).

Gelsleichter, James Ecology of Sharks

(904) 620-1575

jim.gelsleichter@unf.edu

3/2200

This course will provide students with a unique opportunity to use knowledge that they obtain in formal class sessions to address an ongoing, real-world problem in the field of Shark Biology, that is, the need to identify and protect nursery grounds for overexploited shark species. This is a timely research topic that builds on preliminary work conducted by the UNF Shark Biology program, which has demonstrated the importance of the Tolomato River as critical habitat for the scalloped hammerhead and other shark species. The scalloped hammerhead is currently listed as an endangered species in U.S. Atlantic waters by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to overfishing. Therefore, we anticipate that the direct participation of students in actual research geared towards obtaining data necessary for conserving this species will instill a sense of real-world relevance into this course and a strong sense of personal investment on the part of students.

 

Students will enroll in a 3-credit-hour, upper-level undergraduate course focused on the biology and ecology of sharks during Summer B, 2011.  In addition to providing an overview of the basic biology of sharks, this course will emphasize the interactions that occur between humans and sharks, such as shark attacks on beachgoers, and the impacts of human exploitation on shark populations, using both classroom- and field-based forms of instruction.

Criteria:

Preference will be given to students who have completed General Biology I and II and therefore have a good grasp of basic aspects of biology and animal science.

A small number of highly motivated freshmen will be admitted to this TLO to provide "gateway" experiences into science.

Students will be selected based on personal interviews.

Ellis, Terri Biochemical Analysis of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

(904) 620-5766

terri.ellis@unf.edu

3/2200

This TLO project is designed to give students hands-on experience with biomedical research, focused on the issues of preventing, controlling, and treating antibiotic-resistant infections.  Students will complete a comparative biochemical analysis of outer membrane proteins produced by the bacteria Klebsiella pneumonia and Acenitbacter baumanni.  Both of these species of bacteria are major causes in nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections in immunocompromised patients.  Students will isolate, identify and quantify relative levels of outer membrane proteins in each of these strains.  
 

This program will provide students experience with clinically-relevant medical research using state-of-the art equipment at UNF, and interaction with clinical professionals at the Mayo Clinic.  It is designed to help students prepare for and more fully explore career options in medicine, clinical science, and biomedical research.  Students will be expected to commit a minimum of six hours per week to this project in 3-hour blocks throughout the 2011-2012 school year.  The project will culminate with students travelling to the American Society for Microbiology Florida branch annual meeting to present their findings to the scientific community.   

 

Criteria:

This TLO experience will be open to students who have successfully completed either MCB2010 (Microbiology) or MCB3020c (Microbial Biology).

A background in Biology (i.e. Biology major) is preferred, but not required.

Students will participate in a brief interview.

Factors that will be considered include success in relevant coursework, larger career interest in the area, and the student's willingness to commit large amounts of time in their schedule to the TLO experience.

Students must be willing to put in three-hour blocks of time (minimum) for each session working in the lab.

Waddell, David Biomedical Research in Aging-Associated Muscle Atrophy

(904) 620-1958

d.s.waddell@unf.edu

3/2200

The goal of this project is to determine if HDAC4, a gene expressed in muscle and “turned on” when skeletal muscle loses its connection to the nervous system, is important in the aging process at the molecular level.  Students will analyze DNA from skeletal muscle of young and old mice, and these DNA samples will be characterized using state-of-the-art techniques in genome analysis.  This TLO proposes to investigate the molecular and genetic controls of longevity using the mouse as a model organism, along with cell culture and molecular genetic techniques.  
 

The techniques utilized in this project will provide an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to learn and understand new and exciting methods currently being used in biomedical research.  This TLO will provide students the opportunity to learn cell culture coupled with molecular genetic techniques that they might not learn in the classroom.  Furthermore, students will use these skills to address important questions in muscle aging.  Then during the summer of 2012, in collaboration with Dr. David Furlow, the final phase of the project will be conducted during a two week trip to U.C. Davis. Dr. Furlow is a broadly trained molecular biologist and has generously offered space in his laboratory for UNF students to learn the techniques required to do whole genome studies. 


 

Criteria:

Students who are Biology majors and have an interest in the biomedical field will be given preference, however any student who is able to effectively demonstrate and articulate their reasons for wanting to participate in this program will also be given an opportunity.

Students who are freshmen or sophomores will have to successfully complete General Biology I.

Students who are juniors will be required to have successfully completed General Biology I and at least one of the following upper-division courses: Genetics (PCB 3063C), Molecular and Cell Biology (PCB 3023C) and Physiology (PCB 4713C).

Students will participate in an interview to discuss their interest in the project, their career objectives and their willingness to participate in the project for a full academic year. 

Hargrove, Melissa Gullah/Geechee Culture of the Southeastern U.S.: Africa in the Americas

(904) 620-1625

m.hargrove@unf.edu

51/2304

This TLO will involve a credit-bearing undergraduate anthropology course at the 4000 level designed as an interdisciplinary collaboration with “The Ghana Project” offered through the UNF Honors Program. The course, Gullah/Geechee Culture of the Southeastern U.S., introduces students to the population increasingly recognized as 'the root of Africa in the New World.' In 2006, the Gullah/Geechee communities spanning the coastal regions of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Northern Florida became the first cultural group of African descent to

be recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior with a Cultural Heritage Corridor, thereby acknowledging their national importance to “American” culture. The course material and experiences of the proposed TLO draw upon more than a decade of the leader’s ongoing anthropological research experiences among the Gullah/Geechee in an effort to illustrate how West African cultural lifeways have been and continue to be translated, interpreted and sustained in this New World Diasporic context.

 

Students participating in the TLO course in Fall 2011 would subsequently enroll in a related-content course for Spring 2012 and participate in “The Ghana Project” in early Summer 2012 (accompanied by both TLO leader and Spring honors professor). This cumulative experience would foster a deeper understanding of the connections between Africa and the African Diaspora by allowing students to see and experience the cultural connections first-hand.

Criteria:

Students will be recruited from the following programs: Anthropology (major/minor), Honors program, African American Studies and African Diaspora minor, or based on faculty nomination.

Students must submit an unofficial transcript.

Students will participate in an interview conducted by Dr. Hargrove and the director of the UNF Honors & Scholars program.

If a competitive process becomes necessary, students will be ranked holistically based on grade point average, completed coursework, and relevant content knowledge.

Moore, April St. Johns River TLO

(904) 620-2668

april.moore@unf.edu

1/2200

Students will prepare for a spring immersion experience on the St. Johns River by working with faculty mentors in their respective major disciplines during the spring semester.  Each student will design a project to be executed on the river during Spring Break, 2012.  The faculty mentor will be responsible for guiding the development of a project worthy of one academic credit (to be awarded at the conclusion of the Spring 2012 term) and will hold the student mentee accountable for completion of the project.  A final “deliverable” will be required as appropriate for the discipline, for example a scientific report, a completed series of paintings, a term paper, etc.  The students will be on a houseboat for 8 continuous days primarily in the middle portion of the St. Johns River.  They will visit state parks, springs, tributaries, and other points of natural significance and interact with authors, historians, scientists, engineers, artists, and musicians about the river and its people. An important feature of the student-designed projects is that they must be shared with the other students on the trip, a Project-Based Educational (PBE) approach.

 

Criteria:

Open to all majors.

Students must complete an application and submit it to the Environmental Center.

Personal interviews will be conducted.

Ross, Cliff Impacts of the BP Oil Spill on Tropical Coral Reefs

(904) 620-1853

cliff.ross@unf.edu

50/2216

This TLO describes a 2-credit, direct independent study course that will offer undergraduate students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with coral reef biology and physiology. Due to the recent Deepwater Horizon environmental disaster, there is now a pressing concern for the fate of corals of the Florida Reef Tract, and the coral reef environments that they maintain. Most corals have two life history stages, larvae and adult, both of which may be subject to a variety of environmental stressors (e.g. exposure to contaminants, changes in salinity and temperature). Surmounting evidence has shown that these stressors result in adult coral stress and/or mortality. What are less well studied are the effects of environmental stressors on the vital larvae phase. If larvae do not survive and recruit to a site, adult populations will undergo a drastic reduction. The basis for this research opportunity is to work with the understudied, yet extremely important, larval phase using the coral Porites astreoides as a model system. 

Based upon previous research by the principle investigator, it has been determined that
P. astreoides releases its larvae on the new moon of every May. This narrow window (May 20, 2012 ± 3 days) dictates the timely offering of this proposed TLO (Total: 2 week duration). Days 1-10 will be designated for the field component of this project (sample collection and experimental set up). Days 11-14 will be used for laboratory analysis of the specimens at UNF (laboratory of Cliff Ross). The field component of this research will take place at Mote Marine Tropical Laboratory, a fully-equipped marine science facility dedicated to marine research, education and conservation. The facility is located within easy access to a variety of coral reef habitats. UNF students will be involved in all aspects of this project including adult coral collection, larvae maintenance, experimental setup, and data collection and analysis. 

 

Criteria:

Open to all majors, but preference will be given to students that have an inherent interest in marine biology and associated sciences.

Students must participate in an interview.

Students must be of sophomore through senior standing.

Lupi, Marsha Creating Transformational Learning Opportunities: Student Teaching in Plymouth, England

(904) 620-2520

mlupi@unf.edu

57/3615

The foundational principles for this project are based upon the reality that North Florida’s schools are becoming more diverse; our K-12 classrooms are increasingly populated with students from many different cultures. To be pedagogically effective, teachers must develop a greater understanding of culturally-based learning styles. A selected group of academically qualified and recommended students will travel to Plymouth, England where they will participate in a daily teaching internship for three weeks in diverse elementary, special or secondary education classrooms. Plymouth is a center for first and second generation immigrants from African and East and West Asian countries increasing the multicultural training opportunities for our students. This internship will serve as a culminating activity to the fourteen-week internship semester in Jacksonville.  Students will participate in all aspects of the school day and week, engaging in discussions about the curriculum and organization of British schools. They will practice teach and receive feedback from both their UK teacher and the UNF faculty supervisor. Also, they will attend seminars with home and host faculty at the University College, Plymouth (UCP).  This experience also offers our students’ many scenic and historical opportunities including a trip into London.

Criteria:

Students in the fields of pre-K primary, elementary, special education and secondary education will be eligible for this three-week experience during their internship semester which takes place in their final semester.

Students must have a B or better in their Field I and II courses.

Students must have a minimum overall GPA of at least 3.0.

While financial need will not be considered as a separate factor, during the internship semester students are not allowed to work because they are full-time in the public school placements.

Students are required to register for 12 credit hours of internship credit to participate in both their Jacksonville school placement and the placement abroad.

Students are required to submit an application form which includes a series of essay questions that asks them to reflect on their reasons for wanting to do part of their internship abroad, their personal goals, and the overall decision to travel and live abroad.

Students will be interviewed by a team of trip faculty members led by Dr. Lupi.

Students must provide three current professional references.

 

 

Fullerton, Elizabeth Inclusive Education in Cusco, Peru

(904) 620-4359

e.fullerton@unf.edu

57/2219

Criteria:

This TLO is open to students in the College of Education and Human Services who are at the pre-intern level.

Students must be in good standing with the University as well as the College of Education and Human Services.

The students will be interviewed by the trip leader and each student must provide a letter of reference.

If selected, students must complete an orientation for traveling abroad through the International Center as well as an orientation to teaching in another country conducted by COEHS.

Students will take a one-credit independent study through the Department of Childhood Education.

Tasher, Cara UNF Choral Performance Tour in South Africa: An Exchange with Jacksonville's sister-city's Nelson Mandela Municipality University

(904) 620-3839

cara.tasher@unf.edu

45/2009

The University of North Florida Chamber Singers will be traveling to South Africa for a 12-day tour of the country as well as the chance to be part of a culturally diversifying experience for students, other tourists and locals. Students will encounter the culture of South Africa first-hand with Jacksonville's sister-city Nelson Mandela Bay, Capetown and Johannesburg while performing repertoire from regions around the world including North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe and Africa.

 
Students will travel through both the large cities and smaller towns of South Africa in order to provide a well-rounded perspective on South African culture. The touring ensemble membership will span multiple age brackets, ethnic backgrounds and majors. The transformational aspect of the tour will come through both the act of touring the country as a performing ensemble and also through representing a diverse group of students working together to create music. As with the TLO-sponsored 2007 Portugal Tour and the fundraised 2010 Italy Tour, a focal point of the trip will have students performing alongside collegiate choral ensembles based in South Africa, providing UNF singers with the opportunity to interact with peers of another country. Rather than merely visiting landmarks, our students will experience another culture and its languages from within, heightening their cultural transformational learning. Another facet of the experience will be performing in underserved parts of various cities, providing the South African communities a vocal as well as physical model of success in diversity.

Criteria:

Open to all majors.

Students will participate in an interview.

Students must be willing to fundraise any amount that cannot be raised through this grant or other funding sources.

Participation in choral rehearsals is required.

Financial need will be considered in consultation with Financial Aid.

Beam, Joel Teaching Across Borders: Cross-Cultural Immersion in Athletic Training

(904) 620-1424

jbeam@unf.edu

39/2012

Students within the UNF undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program will be given a unique opportunity to travel to Chile and teach undergraduate students and interact with faculty in the physical trainer and sport physiotherapist specializations at DuocUC Vina Del Mar, Chile.  DuocUC Vina Del mar serves approximately 8,000 students from Chile who are looking to advance their technical and professional skills with higher vocational education. 

 

UNF students will teach the Chilean students and interact with DuocUC faculty in the following subject areas: anatomy, orthopedic evaluation, and injury rehabilitation.  The TLO will occur over 7 days, with 5 days dedicated to instruction.  The first day will focus on anatomy, the following two days will be used to provide an overview of orthopedic evaluation skills for common athletic injuries, and the last two days will be used to provide foundations in rehabilitation of common athletic injuries.  UNF students will prepare a lecture that they will present to the Chilean students along with a hands-on clinical lab section to accompany the lecture.  DuocUC faculty will be present for these presentations.  UNF students traveling to Chile will be paired to complete this task and all lectures and labs will be evaluated by the TLO leaders prior to leaving Chile to determine quality and validity of the instructional materials.  This opportunity will immerse students in a diverse population, while developing their teaching and communication skills.

Criteria:

Students must be seniors enrolled in the Athletic Training Education program.

Students must complete a 3-page essay discussing why they desire to participate in the TLO, what they expect to gain from the experience, how the TLO will benefit the Chilean students and faculty, and how the TLO will benefit them in reaching their professional goals.

Students must participate in an interview with the TLO leaders.

Selection of students will be based on significance of essay, interview, and current academic standing in the UNF Athletic Training and Education program.

Students will be selected in October 2011.

   
International
Faculty/Staff Leader Nature of the Experience
Febles, Jorge Scholarships for Language Study Abroad

(904) 620-2283

j.febles@unf.edu

10/2319

Funds for these scholarships will be used by individual students for an international language study activity of their own choosing (must be credit bearing, with 6 credits minimum required).  Students will be required to identify the particular study abroad activity they will use the funds for.  If a scholarship recipient does not participate in the identified study abroad activity, he/she will be required to return the scholarship funds.  Priority will be given to Spanish or French language majors who wish to study abroad for one semester. Priority will also be given to students who have studied Chinese at UNF for 4 semesters having completed Beginning Chinese I and II and Intermediate Chinese I and II.  A second priority will be given to language minors. Consideration will be given to non-language majors who wish to study Spanish, French, or Chinese, on a funds-available basis. Scholarships will be funded at the amount of $1,000 for a semester award and $500 for a summer award

Criteria:

Priority will be given to Spanish or French language majors who wish to study abroad for one semester. 

Priority will also be given to students who have studied Chinese at UNF for 4 semesters having completed Beginning Chinese I and II and Intermediate Chinese I and II.  

Language majors who choose to study on an established Department of World Languages summer study program in France or Spain will also be given priority (if that program is not already receiving TLO funds). 

A second priority will be given to language minors.  

Consideration will be given to non-language majors who wish to study Spanish, French, or Chinese, on a funds-available basis.  

Students must complete an application form;  

Student must submit a letter of recommendation (UNF/academic source preferred); 

Students will participate in an interview with the World Languages Dept Chair. 

Student must be enrolled in a UNF bachelor’s degree program;  

Student must be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher);  

Student must have a satisfactory conduct record. 

Student must have language proficiency or passed any prerequisite courses needed to perform satisfactorily at the planned overseas program; 

Student must be accepted (or have applied) to an approved international program (for credit);  

Student must have an active study abroad file with the UNF International Center (i.e., have discussed study abroad plans with an International Center Study Abroad Coordinator). 

Michelman, Jeff Coggin Semester Study Abroad

(904) 620-1541

jeff.michelman@unf.edu

10/2101

This TLO proposes to fund 35 semester study abroad opportunities for undergraduate students.   Over the past six years, 20 students on average have participated annually in Coggin Semester Study Abroad, with a high of 31 for the 2009/2010 academic year.  All undergraduate students participating in study will be given a scholarship up to the first 35 that sign up.  Because students must maintain a minimum GPA to be eligible, this is a reasonable hurdle for all students who wish to participate.  Students  must spend the semester abroad and take a minimum of 12 credit hours.  Although Coggin has designated faculty-led and summer programs offered primarily to students who have jobs and families, we believe that the most transformational experience a student can have is to go away for an entire semester, take courses and live with foreign students. 

Criteria:

Students must be enrolled in a Coggin College of Business degree program.

Students will be awarded scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75.

Students must spend the semester abroad and take a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Robinson, Tim Study Abroad Scholarships

(904) 620-2657

trobinso@unf.edu

58E/2307

Funds for these scholarships will be used by individual students for the international study activity of their own choosing (must be credit-bearing, with 3 credits minimum required).  Students will be required to identify the particular study abroad activity they will use the funds for. Priority will be given to students applying for a UNF exchange program, a UNF-connected program, and/or any other program that has a formal relationship with UNF. Other programs may be supported, on a funds-available basis, if approved by the UNF International center and by UNF academic advisors for credit transfer. The programs allowed for these scholarships will vary in length from 3 weeks to a full semester (the majority will be semester in length based on 2009-2010 experience). Scholarships are anticipated to be in two categories: short term ($500) and long term ($1,000). The former would be for a summer or shorter study abroad activity (10 awards); the latter for a semester or longer study activity (15 awards).

Criteria:

Open to all students, but preference will be given to students who are not in the International Studies Program, Coggin College of Business, or World Languages (since these programs have TLO scholarship funds for study abroad).

Students must fill out the application form online at http://www.unf.edu/dept/intlctr and submit to the International Center;

Students must submit a letter of recommendation (UNF/academic source preferred);

Students must submit a two-page (max) essay explaining the personal importance of the planned international study;

Students must be enrolled in a UNF bachelor's degree program;

Students must be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher);

Students must have a satisfactory conduct record;

Students must be accepted (or have applied) to a UNF international exchange or international affiliate program (for credit);

Students must have an active study abroad file with the UNF International Center (i.e., have discussed study abroad plans with an International Center Study Abroad Coordinator).

Upon return, scholarship recipients must agree to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours assisting with UNF Study Abroad projects and/or events, and agree to complete a post-study abroad short-answer essay.

Soderberg, Nancy Beyond Our Campus: Public Policy Internships for UNF Students

Honors & Scholars Program

(904) 620-2649

1/1220

This TLO will support UNF students who undertake substantial internships in places such as Italy, England, Thailand and other international locales.  Ambassador Nancy Soderberg has been successful in placing UNF students in very competitive and prestigious internships with members of Congress, the State Department, the UN World Food Programme, and many of the nation's leading think tanks. 

These internships will be for varying amounts of time, ranging from six to eight weeks during the summer to a full semester.  Each student who undertakes an internship will be required to enroll in a Directed Independent Study class either within the student's major department or within the Honors program.  The class will provide each student with an internship mentor and structured assignments that promote the transformational process.

Criteria:

Open to all majors.

First year students will not be allowed to participate, and preference will be given to upper-level (junior and senior) students.

Academic performance will be taken into account since most of the coursework will be done independently.

Although there may be some exceptions, students will be expected to have a 3.0 minimum GPA.

Although financial need is not a prerequisite, it may be taken into account if two equally qualified students are vying for support.

Zeiser, Pamela Long-Term Study Abroad Support for International Studies Majors

(904) 620-1931

pzeiser@unf.edu

51/2104

All students majoring in interdisciplinary International Studies must complete an international educational experience as a requirement for graduation. The major requires coursework in the fields of anthropology, economics, geography, history, and political science, all of which prepare students for international experiences. Many students participate in short-term, UNF faculty-led study abroad programs and can thus benefit from program-specific TLO funding. Increasingly, however, International Studies majors are undertaking semester- or year-long study abroad programs but find the costs prohibitive. This TLO will provide travel scholarships for International Studies majors enrolling in a semester- or year-long study abroad program during 2011-2012. Students will choose the programs best-suited to their individual academic needs and interests, though all will be approved by UNF's International Center to qualify for funding.  Recent and current locations for long-term study abroad programs by International Studies majors include China, Germany, Japan, Morocco, and the United Kingdom. 

Criteria:

Open to International Studies majors enrolling in a semester- or year-long study abroad program during 2011-2012.

Students are required to complete a reflective essay upon their return from the long-term study abroad program.

 

Michelman, Jeff Service Learning in Guatemala

(904) 620-1541

jeff.michelman@unf.edu

10/2101

This study abroad course is an excellent opportunity to experience the history and culture of one of the most interesting and important countries in Central America. The trip includes visits to the north of the country (Tikal and Flores), Antigua and the Western Highlands including Panajachel and Huehuetenango. This study abroad is unique in that its focus is on freshman and  that it creates a study abroad environment that immerses students in service learning. Students will interact with Guatemalan indigenous communities and attend lectures/presentations addressing current economic and social issues in Guatemala. This course is aimed at students with interests in service learning, social entrepreneurship, socio-political and economic development, clean water availability and educational access with Latin America. This trip includes a service learning component and students will participate in several projects sponsored by Rotary International for the benefit of the indigenous communities in Guatemala.


Through this trip and the project students will have the opportunity to experience the richness of Guatemala’s culture and history. This course provides students the opportunity to think critically regarding economic development, hygiene, education and sustainability issues in a developing country, demonstrate the ability to present information and write reports, and understand the historic, social and economic
background of business in international markets.

Criteria:

This trip is specifically geared toward freshmen in UNF's Venture Studies program.

This course is aimed at students with interests in service learning, social entrepreneurship, socio-political and economic development, clean water availability and educational access with Latin America.

Schwam-Baird, Shira French Language Study Abroad in Strasbourg, France

(904) 620-1248

sschwam@unf.edu

10/2151

The Strasbourg French language and culture study abroad program has been in existence for twelve years, and is a true immersion experience for students.  The program consists of five weeks in France during which the UNF students have French classes 15 hours a week (total 60 contact hours) in which native speaker instructors teach entirely in French and their classmates come from all over the world. They live with French families with whom they take two meals a day, so their immersion experience continues outside the classroom, and real cultural contact fills the greater part of most days as they navigate the city independently on foot and on public transportation (and most travel outside the city is by train).

 

Dr. Schwam- Baird teaches a culture class (Faces of France) three afternoons a week and conducts their many excursions—short afternoon visits to places of interest in the city, full-day Saturday excursions in the region around Strasbourg, and a long weekend in Paris (total about 80 contact hours including the excursions).

Criteria:

The program is open to all majors and minors, but in order to participate, students must have the equivalent of a year of college French study.

Students must be in good academic standing, but there is no specific GPA minimum.

Ibanez, Nuria Spanish Study Abroad at the University of Cantabria

(904) 620-2063

nuria.ibanez@unf.edu

10/2143

This Spanish Study Abroad Program at the University of Cantabria in Santander offers students the opportunity to study language and culture at one of the 15 top universities in Spain as defined by the Spanish government.  UNF students will enroll in an intensive language course focusing on spoken and written Spanish.  The students benefit from a rigorous academic program while they also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Spanish culture, and to travel on their own.  The students receive over 60 hours of instruction from University of Cantabria teachers.  Dr. Ibanez will teach a six-week course focused on Spain, Cantabria and Santander in order to ensure a comprehensive cultural experience.  As part of the culture course, students will travel with me to Burgos and Valladolid in order to view firsthand examples of art and architecture studied in the course.

Criteria:

Spanish majors and minors will be given preference.

This program is limited to students who have demonstrated a commitment to the study of Spanish language and culture.

Students must have completed at the very minimum Intermediate Spanish II by the end of the first summer session.

Students will have to complete an application form that requires writing a brief essay in Spanish on the following theme: "In approximately 200 words, describe in Spanish how studying in Santander this summer will have a transformational impact on you as a student and as a person."

Candidates for the program will be interviewed by a selection committee.  This committee will take into consideration the essays written by the applicants.

Shaw, Sherry Interpretation Studies in Austria and Slovenia

(904) 620-1811

sherry.shaw@unf.edu

57/3519

This TLO allows degree-seeking undergraduate students of American Sign Language / English Interpreting to accompany graduate students in a study abroad for 13 days at two universities in Austria and Slovenia that have translation/interpretation programs: The Karl-Franzens University of Graz, Austria (signed and spoken language programs) and the University of Ljubijana, Slovenia (conference interpreting program/spoken only).  Students will be enrolled in Applied Research in Interpreting at the time of the TLO and will be in the midst of designing research projects and writing literature reviews when they travel.

Given that signed language interpreting students are typically isolated from the larger world of spoken language translation and interpretation, it is unique that UNF students have the opportunity to see how the pedagogy of educating interpreters is similar, regardless of mode.  The TLO leaders plan to expose students to a broader world view of their chosen career while instilling in them an enthusiasm for research in second language acquisition, interpretation theory and process, and the larger field of translation/interpretation learning.

 

Criteria:

All interpreting students who are eligible to take Applied Research in Interpreting will be eligible to participate in this TLO.

Students must be degree-seeking and in good standing with the ASL/English Interpreting program.

Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have completed one semester in the program prior to the TLO.

The application process requires an essay on the anticipated value of the TLO and an interview.

Priority will be given to students who: demonstrate active membership and leadership in professional interpreting, deafness-related and research organizations; contribute to the Deaf community in service and support (outside of service learning course requirements); use ethical judgment in accepting work as interpreters according to their credentials; and display potential for positively representing the program, department, college, UNF, and the U.S.

Lupi, Marsha Creating Transformational Learning Opportunities: Student Teaching in Plymouth, England

(904) 620-2520

mlupi@unf.edu

57/3615

The foundational principles for this project are based upon the reality that North Florida’s schools are becoming more diverse; our K-12 classrooms are increasingly populated with students from many different cultures. To be pedagogically effective, teachers must develop a greater understanding of culturally-based learning styles. A selected group of academically qualified and recommended students will travel to Plymouth, England where they will participate in a daily teaching internship for three weeks in diverse elementary, special or secondary education classrooms. Plymouth is a center for first and second generation immigrants from African and East and West Asian countries increasing the multicultural training opportunities for our students. This internship will serve as a culminating activity to the fourteen-week internship semester in Jacksonville.  Students will participate in all aspects of the school day and week, engaging in discussions about the curriculum and organization of British schools. They will practice teach and receive feedback from both their UK teacher and the UNF faculty supervisor. Also, they will attend seminars with home and host faculty at the University College, Plymouth (UCP).  This experience also offers our students’ many scenic and historical opportunities including a trip into London.

Criteria:

Students in the fields of pre-K primary, elementary, special education and secondary education will be eligible for this three-week experience during their internship semester which takes place in their final semester.

Students must have a B or better in their Field I and II courses.

Students must have a minimum overall GPA of at least 3.0.

While financial need will not be considered as a separate factor, during the internship semester students are not allowed to work because they are full-time in the public school placements.

Students are required to register for 12 credit hours of internship credit to participate in both their Jacksonville school placement and the placement abroad.

Students are required to submit an application form which includes a series of essay questions that asks them to reflect on their reasons for wanting to do part of their internship abroad, their personal goals, and the overall decision to travel and live abroad.

Students will be interviewed by a team of trip faculty members led by Dr. Lupi.

Students must provide three current professional references.

 

 

Kaplan, Leslie It's All Greek to Me: Summer Study Abroad in Athens

(904) 620-2649

leslie.kaplan@unf.edu

1/1220

There is a well-documented contrast between how outsiders, especially those from Europe and the U.S., view the country and people of Greece vs. how Greek culture is viewed by natives.  This TLO will use this inside/outside idea to allow students to experience and study how Greece's history has shaped its modern identity, and how contrast with Greek identity allows them (for perhaps the first time) to see their own identity in sharp relief.

 

The students' experience of Greek culture and identity will be truly immersive.  They will live and study for five weeks at the American College of Greece, a NEASC-accredited college in suburban Athens.  The college, a modern and well-equipped campus, has a student body that is 90% Greek.  At the most basic level of immersion, the students will live in college housing with full kitchens (and no cafeteria) so that they have to procure their own food and other daily needs in local stores.

 

The students will take six credits of courses, three taught by UNF faculty and three at ACG.  The class at ACG will be a course of their choice at either the upper or lower division.  By individually choosing their own ACG class, each one will likely end up alone in a class of Greek students, pushing them out of their "American bubble" and into closer contact with Greek students, providing a deeper level of immersion.

Criteria:

The target participants for this TLO is Honors students.  However, space permitting, non-Honors students with a 3.0 GPA or above will be permitted (Preference will be given to Classical Civilization minors).

This TLO is open to students of all majors and all class standings.

Students will need to be able to participate in extensive walking at archaeological sites where there is no wheelchair accessibility.

Students must complete an application and will participate in an interview.

Students must demonstrate maturity, openness to new cultures, and an interest in the subject.

Murphy, Debra Art, Art History and Design in the Eternal City

(904) 620-1766

dmurphy@unf.edu

45/2024

In this month-long TLO, students will take two UNF faculty-led art or art history courses at the campus of St. John's University, located on Via Marcantonio Colonna in the Prati section of Rome.  Students will become more independent and confident in a major urban center where most will not speak the language.  All students keep journals and sketchbooks and reflective assignments are given and discussed regularly.  Students become more aware of their own American culture as they learn about Italian life. 

 

At the very core of the UNF Rome Program is the emphasis on experiential learning on site. Lectures, student reports, studio classes and  drawing and painting lessons will be conducted in the Vatican Museums, the Coliseum, the Pantheon, etc. Students will be assigned research projects that require them to navigate the fabric of the city in its multilayered contexts ranging from antiquity to the present. They will learn rudimentary Italian and Italian customs.

Criteria:

Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be of at least sophomore standing.

Students will participate in an interview before they are accepted.

Fullerton, Elizabeth Inclusive Education in Cusco, Peru

(904) 620-4359

e.fullerton@unf.edu

57/2219

Criteria:

This TLO is open to students in the College of Education and Human Services who are at the pre-intern level.

Students must be in good standing with the University as well as the College of Education and Human Services.

The students will be interviewed by the trip leader and each student must provide a letter of reference.

If selected, students must complete an orientation for traveling abroad through the International Center as well as an orientation to teaching in another country conducted by COEHS.

Students will take a one-credit independent study through the Department of Childhood Education.

Scaff, Claudia Art, Design, Communication and Society in Brazil

(904) 620-3817

cscaff@unf.edu

45/2512

Salvador, Bahia was founded in 1549 on the northeast coast of Brazil and is considered one of the oldest cities in the New World. It was also the first colonial capital of Brazil and was the most populous city in the New World for over 200 years. Named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1985, Salvador’s mixture of ethnic groups including Amer-Indian, African, and European makes it a cultural melting-pot.

 
The funds for this TLO will support a study abroad program in Salvador, Bahia focusing on the arts, design, history and social sustainability. While experience the culture, students will visit and work closely with local non-profit organizations. First the program will visit historical sites, museums, business centers, and organizations that are sucessfully working with the community. Secondly, the program will visit non-profit organizations that are in need of support for their community outreach activities.

 
The course will be offered in July 2011 with a total duration of two weeks. Students will also be required to meet 3 times before departure and 2 times after the trip.  Some activities will focus on the design and development of programs and promotions for the selected non-profit organizations. Students will work under the guidance of Brazilian designers, and advertising agencies while engaging in a range of professional development activities, for example, client interview techniques and portfolio development, to enhance their professional skills.

Criteria:

Open to all students, but preference will be given to students who have in the past exhibited interest in public service.

Tasher, Cara UNF Choral Performance Tour in South Africa: An Exchange with Jacksonville's sister-city's Nelson Mandela Municipality University

(904) 620-3839

cara.tasher@unf.edu

45/2009

The University of North Florida Chamber Singers will be traveling to South Africa for a 12-day tour of the country as well as the chance to be part of a culturally diversifying experience for students, other tourists and locals. Students will encounter the culture of South Africa first-hand with Jacksonville's sister-city Nelson Mandela Bay, Capetown and Johannesburg while performing repertoire from regions around the world including North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe and Africa.

 
Students will travel through both the large cities and smaller towns of South Africa in order to provide a well-rounded perspective on South African culture. The touring ensemble membership will span multiple age brackets, ethnic backgrounds and majors. The transformational aspect of the tour will come through both the act of touring the country as a performing ensemble and also through representing a diverse group of students working together to create music. As with the TLO-sponsored 2007 Portugal Tour and the fundraised 2010 Italy Tour, a focal point of the trip will have students performing alongside collegiate choral ensembles based in South Africa, providing UNF singers with the opportunity to interact with peers of another country. Rather than merely visiting landmarks, our students will experience another culture and its languages from within, heightening their cultural transformational learning. Another facet of the experience will be performing in underserved parts of various cities, providing the South African communities a vocal as well as physical model of success in diversity.

Criteria:

Open to all majors.

Students will participate in an interview.

Students must be willing to fundraise any amount that cannot be raised through this grant or other funding sources.

Participation in choral rehearsals is required.

Financial need will be considered in consultation with Financial Aid.

Beam, Joel Teaching Across Borders: Cross-Cultural Immersion in Athletic Training

(904) 620-1424

jbeam@unf.edu

39/2012

Students within the UNF undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program will be given a unique opportunity to travel to Chile and teach undergraduate students and interact with faculty in the physical trainer and sport physiotherapist specializations at DuocUC Vina Del Mar, Chile.  DuocUC Vina Del mar serves approximately 8,000 students from Chile who are looking to advance their technical and professional skills with higher vocational education. 

 

UNF students will teach the Chilean students and interact with DuocUC faculty in the following subject areas: anatomy, orthopedic evaluation, and injury rehabilitation.  The TLO will occur over 7 days, with 5 days dedicated to instruction.  The first day will focus on anatomy, the following two days will be used to provide an overview of orthopedic evaluation skills for common athletic injuries, and the last two days will be used to provide foundations in rehabilitation of common athletic injuries.  UNF students will prepare a lecture that they will present to the Chilean students along with a hands-on clinical lab section to accompany the lecture.  DuocUC faculty will be present for these presentations.  UNF students traveling to Chile will be paired to complete this task and all lectures and labs will be evaluated by the TLO leaders prior to leaving Chile to determine quality and validity of the instructional materials.  This opportunity will immerse students in a diverse population, while developing their teaching and communication skills.

Criteria:

Students must be seniors enrolled in the Athletic Training Education program.

Students must complete a 3-page essay discussing why they desire to participate in the TLO, what they expect to gain from the experience, how the TLO will benefit the Chilean students and faculty, and how the TLO will benefit them in reaching their professional goals.

Students must participate in an interview with the TLO leaders.

Selection of students will be based on significance of essay, interview, and current academic standing in the UNF Athletic Training and Education program.

Students will be selected in October 2011.

   
Service Learning
Faculty/Staff Leader Nature of the Experience
Gabbard, D. Chris Disability: Rights, Reality, Representation

(904) 620-2273

cgabbard@unf.edu

Dr. Gabbard’s LIT 4931 course on Disability Studies will focus on the nature, meaning, and consequences of what it is to be defined as disabled, and explore the historical and cultural dynamics of disability.  It will primarily address the stereotypes associated with and the experiential aspects of disability as these are deployed in literature, film, television, the Arts, and other cultural media.  It also will address disability rights, legal issues, and public policy as ancillary topics.  
 

In addition to attending biweekly class sessions, students will volunteer two hours per day, one day per week, over a ten-week period at one of three sites: The Mt. Herman Exceptional Student Center, Alden Road Exceptional Student Center, and Hope Haven Children’s Clinic and Family Center.

Criteria:

This TLO is open to all interested students.

Johnson, Christopher Organic Gardening for Economically-Challenged Communities

(904) 620-1693

cjohnson@unf.edu

This community-based TLO offers undergraduate students a unique opportunity to study the problem of poverty and homelessness through a community-based research project centered around the efforts of the Clara White Mission to use sustainable organic gardening as a means of addressing a number of problems in the economically-challenged communities that the mission serves. 

Student participants in this research project will receive course credit by enrolling in a class focused on the Economics of Poverty.  A significant part of the curriculum will integrate students into an ongoing organic gardening project at the Clara White Mission, and also engage students in a research project that examines the potential economic impacts of an expanded organic gardening project that would utilize 11 acres of land owned by the Clara White Mission.  Students will immerse themselves into the community through significant interaction with the students in Clara White’s culinary training program, the clients served by Clara White Mission, and members of the community in which the 11-acre organic gardening program is being planned.

Criteria:

Students must enroll in a course titled "The Economics of Poverty and Income Distribution" (Prerequisites for this course are either Principles of Microeconomics or Principles of Macroeconomics)

The course will be open to all undergraduate students as long as the prerequisites are satisfied.

Hargrove, Melissa Gullah/Geechee Culture of the Southeastern U.S.: Africa in the Americas

(904) 620-1625

m.hargrove@unf.edu

51/2304

This TLO will involve a credit-bearing undergraduate anthropology course at the 4000 level designed as an interdisciplinary collaboration with “The Ghana Project” offered through the UNF Honors Program. The course, Gullah/Geechee Culture of the Southeastern U.S., introduces students to the population increasingly recognized as 'the root of Africa in the New World.' In 2006, the Gullah/Geechee communities spanning the coastal regions of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Northern Florida became the first cultural group of African descent to

be recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior with a Cultural Heritage Corridor, thereby acknowledging their national importance to “American” culture. The course material and experiences of the proposed TLO draw upon more than a decade of the leader’s ongoing anthropological research experiences among the Gullah/Geechee in an effort to illustrate how West African cultural lifeways have been and continue to be translated, interpreted and sustained in this New World Diasporic context.

 

Students participating in the TLO course in Fall 2011 would subsequently enroll in a related-content course for Spring 2012 and participate in “The Ghana Project” in early Summer 2012 (accompanied by both TLO leader and Spring honors professor). This cumulative experience would foster a deeper understanding of the connections between Africa and the African Diaspora by allowing students to see and experience the cultural connections first-hand.

Criteria:

Students will be recruited from the following programs: Anthropology (major/minor), Honors program, African American Studies and African Diaspora minor, or based on faculty nomination.

Students must submit an unofficial transcript.

Students will participate in an interview conducted by Dr. Hargrove and the director of the UNF Honors & Scholars program.

If a competitive process becomes necessary, students will be ranked holistically based on grade point average, completed coursework, and relevant content knowledge.

Hawkins, LouAnne Scientist or Practitioner: Discerning My Place in Psychology through Engagement in My Community

(904) 620-3942

lhawkins@unf.edu

1/1220

The purpose of this TLO is to facilitate the transformation of students into scientists and/or practitioners through reflection on experiences in a community organization.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in research while simultaneously participating in a practicum as a trained peer counselor.  In doing so, students will be better prepared and informed about making important, life-altering decisions about their futures.  
 

The highlight of this TLO experience will be students’ engagement with clients as professionally trained peer counselors (under the supervision of agency staff and UNF faculty) and their engagement with clients as trained researchers in psychology (under the supervision of UNF faculty) in an agency serving the needs of women – the Divine Mercy House, a maternity home. Students will work collaboratively with agency officials and faculty mentors to develop shared academic and agency descriptions of problems to be addressed, solutions to be applied, and activities that constitute success. Students will enroll in one practicum course and one DIS. They will be expected to be actively engaged in research and/or counseling for a minimum of 10 hours each week for which they are registered: approximately half in counseling and half in research. By participating in this TLO, students will clarify their educational and career goals and begin their transformations from student to professional.

Criteria:

Junior and senior level students pursuing a major or minor in psychology will be encouraged to apply.

Students will be expected to have completed three courses within the major.

Prior to accepting applications for the TLO, students interested in participating in the course will be expected to attend an information session in which the course will be discussed.

Students will submit a one-page essay in which they discuss the reasons that they wish to participate in this program, as well as an unofficial transcript.  Students who through their essay and transcript demonstrate a motivation to acquire new skills as well as gain insight into their purpose in a career and in the community will be selected for interviews.

Students who during their interview exhibit maturity, openness to experience, and conscientiousness will be selected to participate in the program.

Although no specific GPA is required for participation, students with a demonstrated ability to master new information will be preferred to students with poor academic performance.

Michelman, Jeff Service Learning in Guatemala

(904) 620-1541

jeff.michelman@unf.edu

10/2101

This study abroad course is an excellent opportunity to experience the history and culture of one of the most interesting and important countries in Central America. The trip includes visits to the north of the country (Tikal and Flores), Antigua and the Western Highlands including Panajachel and Huehuetenango. This study abroad is unique in that its focus is on freshman and  that it creates a study abroad environment that immerses students in service learning. Students will interact with Guatemalan indigenous communities and attend lectures/presentations addressing current economic and social issues in Guatemala. This course is aimed at students with interests in service learning, social entrepreneurship, socio-political and economic development, clean water availability and educational access with Latin America. This trip includes a service learning component and students will participate in several projects sponsored by Rotary International for the benefit of the indigenous communities in Guatemala.


Through this trip and the project students will have the opportunity to experience the richness of Guatemala’s culture and history. This course provides students the opportunity to think critically regarding economic development, hygiene, education and sustainability issues in a developing country, demonstrate the ability to present information and write reports, and understand the historic, social and economic
background of business in international markets.

Criteria:

This trip is specifically geared toward freshmen in UNF's Venture Studies program.

This course is aimed at students with interests in service learning, social entrepreneurship, socio-political and economic development, clean water availability and educational access with Latin America.

Scaff, Claudia Art, Design, Communication and Society in Brazil

(904) 620-3817

cscaff@unf.edu

45/2512

Salvador, Bahia was founded in 1549 on the northeast coast of Brazil and is considered one of the oldest cities in the New World. It was also the first colonial capital of Brazil and was the most populous city in the New World for over 200 years. Named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1985, Salvador’s mixture of ethnic groups including Amer-Indian, African, and European makes it a cultural melting-pot.

 
The funds for this TLO will support a study abroad program in Salvador, Bahia focusing on the arts, design, history and social sustainability. While experience the culture, students will visit and work closely with local non-profit organizations. First the program will visit historical sites, museums, business centers, and organizations that are sucessfully working with the community. Secondly, the program will visit non-profit organizations that are in need of support for their community outreach activities.

 
The course will be offered in July 2011 with a total duration of two weeks. Students will also be required to meet 3 times before departure and 2 times after the trip.  Some activities will focus on the design and development of programs and promotions for the selected non-profit organizations. Students will work under the guidance of Brazilian designers, and advertising agencies while engaging in a range of professional development activities, for example, client interview techniques and portfolio development, to enhance their professional skills.

Criteria:

Open to all students, but preference will be given to students who have in the past exhibited interest in public service.

   
Undergraduate Research
Faculty/Staff Leader Nature of the Experience
Lane, Amy Diving for Drugs

(904) 620-2315

amy.lane@unf.edu

50/3500

The goal of the “Diving for Drugs” TLO is to provide students with training in the scientific inquiry process, as applied toward discovery of new antibiotics from marine microorganisms and including significant field experience.  Student participants will gain broad training in marine biology, microbiology, and chemistry fieldwork and laboratory skills, and develop interpersonal interaction, teamwork, leadership, and oral and written communication skills.  
 

This unique combined field and laboratory experience will guide students through on-campus and local training exercises in microbiology, marine biology and chemistry, in preparation for a July 2011 field expedition to the Florida Keys.  During the 7-day research cruise in the Keys, students will live entirely aboard the R/V Bellows Research Ship, and will collect and culture marine microbes from Keys habitats for drug discovery studies.  Upon returning to UNF with samples from the expedition, the team of student scientists will pursue chemical and microbiological studies to discover antibiotic molecules produced by the organisms they collected.   

Criteria:

Open to students majoring in Chemistry or Biology

Students will be expected to have at least a sophomore-level standing and a strong "B" average in their completed coursework

Students will provide short written statements, which will include student descriptions of their long-term goals, goals for development during a field and laboratory research experience, previous research experience, and perception of and interest in hands-on marine field research.

Finalists will be interviewed in person to assess their ability to orally communicate ideas and evaluate their potential to succeed interpersonally in the field portion of the project, where students will be required to interact effectively in close quarters for one week.

Before acceptance into the field portion of this TLO program, students will be required to perform a variety of swim tests at the UNF pool to help ensure student safety and productivity at sea, as well as complete basic first aid and CPR training.  (Note: students unable to complete the swim skills portion of the TLO application may still be considered as participants in the laboratory-based portion of this TLO as desired).

Gelsleichter, James Ecology of Sharks

(904) 620-1575

jim.gelsleichter@unf.edu

3/2200

This course will provide students with a unique opportunity to use knowledge that they obtain in formal class sessions to address an ongoing, real-world problem in the field of Shark Biology, that is, the need to identify and protect nursery grounds for overexploited shark species. This is a timely research topic that builds on preliminary work conducted by the UNF Shark Biology program, which has demonstrated the importance of the Tolomato River as critical habitat for the scalloped hammerhead and other shark species. The scalloped hammerhead is currently listed as an endangered species in U.S. Atlantic waters by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to overfishing. Therefore, we anticipate that the direct participation of students in actual research geared towards obtaining data necessary for conserving this species will instill a sense of real-world relevance into this course and a strong sense of personal investment on the part of students.

 

Students will enroll in a 3-credit-hour, upper-level undergraduate course focused on the biology and ecology of sharks during Summer B, 2011.  In addition to providing an overview of the basic biology of sharks, this course will emphasize the interactions that occur between humans and sharks, such as shark attacks on beachgoers, and the impacts of human exploitation on shark populations, using both classroom- and field-based forms of instruction.

Criteria:

Preference will be given to students who have completed General Biology I and II and therefore have a good grasp of basic aspects of biology and animal science.

A small number of highly motivated freshmen will be admitted to this TLO to provide "gateway" experiences into science.

Students will be selected based on personal interviews.

Ellis, Terri Biochemical Analysis of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

(904) 620-5766

terri.ellis@unf.edu

3/2200

This TLO project is designed to give students hands-on experience with biomedical research, focused on the issues of preventing, controlling, and treating antibiotic-resistant infections.  Students will complete a comparative biochemical analysis of outer membrane proteins produced by the bacteria Klebsiella pneumonia and Acenitbacter baumanni.  Both of these species of bacteria are major causes in nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections in immunocompromised patients.  Students will isolate, identify and quantify relative levels of outer membrane proteins in each of these strains.  
 

This program will provide students experience with clinically-relevant medical research using state-of-the art equipment at UNF, and interaction with clinical professionals at the Mayo Clinic.  It is designed to help students prepare for and more fully explore career options in medicine, clinical science, and biomedical research.  Students will be expected to commit a minimum of six hours per week to this project in 3-hour blocks throughout the 2011-2012 school year.  The project will culminate with students travelling to the American Society for Microbiology Florida branch annual meeting to present their findings to the scientific community.   

 

Criteria:

This TLO experience will be open to students who have successfully completed either MCB2010 (Microbiology) or MCB3020c (Microbial Biology).

A background in Biology (i.e. Biology major) is preferred, but not required.

Students will participate in a brief interview.

Factors that will be considered include success in relevant coursework, larger career interest in the area, and the student's willingness to commit large amounts of time in their schedule to the TLO experience.

Students must be willing to put in three-hour blocks of time (minimum) for each session working in the lab.

Waddell, David Biomedical Research in Aging-Associated Muscle Atrophy

(904) 620-1958

d.s.waddell@unf.edu

3/2200

The goal of this project is to determine if HDAC4, a gene expressed in muscle and “turned on” when skeletal muscle loses its connection to the nervous system, is important in the aging process at the molecular level.  Students will analyze DNA from skeletal muscle of young and old mice, and these DNA samples will be characterized using state-of-the-art techniques in genome analysis.  This TLO proposes to investigate the molecular and genetic controls of longevity using the mouse as a model organism, along with cell culture and molecular genetic techniques.  
 

The techniques utilized in this project will provide an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to learn and understand new and exciting methods currently being used in biomedical research.  This TLO will provide students the opportunity to learn cell culture coupled with molecular genetic techniques that they might not learn in the classroom.  Furthermore, students will use these skills to address important questions in muscle aging.  Then during the summer of 2012, in collaboration with Dr. David Furlow, the final phase of the project will be conducted during a two week trip to U.C. Davis. Dr. Furlow is a broadly trained molecular biologist and has generously offered space in his laboratory for UNF students to learn the techniques required to do whole genome studies. 


 

Criteria:

Students who are Biology majors and have an interest in the biomedical field will be given preference, however any student who is able to effectively demonstrate and articulate their reasons for wanting to participate in this program will also be given an opportunity.

Students who are freshmen or sophomores will have to successfully complete General Biology I.

Students who are juniors will be required to have successfully completed General Biology I and at least one of the following upper-division courses: Genetics (PCB 3063C), Molecular and Cell Biology (PCB 3023C) and Physiology (PCB 4713C).

Students will participate in an interview to discuss their interest in the project, their career objectives and their willingness to participate in the project for a full academic year. 

Butler, Joseph Tortoises, Terrapins, and Students

(904) 620-2831

jbutler@unf.edu

3/2200

Through this TLO project, students will learn a variety of techniques for capturing, handling, measuring and marking gopher tortoises and diamondback terrapins. Additionally, they will learn why these species are so important in their own habitats and how their continued existence has become so threatened by the activities of humans.
 

Tortoise students will learn the components of tortoise habitat which are necessary for their food and shelter and how their environment has long been influenced by natural fires. They will learn a variety of techniques for assessing tortoise habitat, particularly soil and vegetative analysis. This will entail learning to identify various plants used by tortoises. They will learn habitat management techniques such as controlled burning and subsequent habitat assessment to determine its effects.
 

Terrapin students starting this project with little or no knowledge about diamondback terrapins or field work will finish having transformed into field biologists with an in-depth appreciation for the needs of this and other species, an understanding of the complications involved in management of habitats, and an appreciation for anthropogenic effects on habitats.

Criteria:

To participate, students must have a sincere interest in doing field work and must be reliable.

All students who express interest in working on the projects will be accepted, but only students who are reliable, dedicated and helpful will receive the TLO scholarship.

Merten, Julie Our Campus, Our Health

(904) 620-4017

jmerten@unf.edu

39/4014

A group of 15 student-volunteers will gather data about the health behaviors of the UNF student body, including physical activity, illicit drug use, nutrition and mental health.  They plan to host a State of the Student Health address for UNF stakeholders, administrators, faculty, staff and students in Spring 2011, based on the findings of their study.  
 

Students also plan to present their  findings at the American School Health Association (ASHA) annual meeting .  They will have the opportunity to participate in scientific research, and be recognized in the field of health education and grow their national network of contacts.

Criteria:

Students who assisted with conducting the 2010 campus health assessment will be considered for this TLO.

Hawkins, LouAnne Scientist or Practitioner: Discerning My Place in Psychology through Engagement in My Community

(904) 620-3942

lhawkins@unf.edu

1/1220

The purpose of this TLO is to facilitate the transformation of students into scientists and/or practitioners through reflection on experiences in a community organization.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in research while simultaneously participating in a practicum as a trained peer counselor.  In doing so, students will be better prepared and informed about making important, life-altering decisions about their futures.  
 

The highlight of this TLO experience will be students’ engagement with clients as professionally trained peer counselors (under the supervision of agency staff and UNF faculty) and their engagement with clients as trained researchers in psychology (under the supervision of UNF faculty) in an agency serving the needs of women – the Divine Mercy House, a maternity home. Students will work collaboratively with agency officials and faculty mentors to develop shared academic and agency descriptions of problems to be addressed, solutions to be applied, and activities that constitute success. Students will enroll in one practicum course and one DIS. They will be expected to be actively engaged in research and/or counseling for a minimum of 10 hours each week for which they are registered: approximately half in counseling and half in research. By participating in this TLO, students will clarify their educational and career goals and begin their transformations from student to professional.

Criteria:

Junior and senior level students pursuing a major or minor in psychology will be encouraged to apply.

Students will be expected to have completed three courses within the major.

Prior to accepting applications for the TLO, students interested in participating in the course will be expected to attend an information session in which the course will be discussed.

Students will submit a one-page essay in which they discuss the reasons that they wish to participate in this program, as well as an unofficial transcript.  Students who through their essay and transcript demonstrate a motivation to acquire new skills as well as gain insight into their purpose in a career and in the community will be selected for interviews.

Students who during their interview exhibit maturity, openness to experience, and conscientiousness will be selected to participate in the program.

Although no specific GPA is required for participation, students with a demonstrated ability to master new information will be preferred to students with poor academic performance.

Ross, Cliff Impacts of the BP Oil Spill on Tropical Coral Reefs

(904) 620-1853

cliff.ross@unf.edu

50/2216

This TLO describes a 2-credit, direct independent study course that will offer undergraduate students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with coral reef biology and physiology. Due to the recent Deepwater Horizon environmental disaster, there is now a pressing concern for the fate of corals of the Florida Reef Tract, and the coral reef environments that they maintain. Most corals have two life history stages, larvae and adult, both of which may be subject to a variety of environmental stressors (e.g. exposure to contaminants, changes in salinity and temperature). Surmounting evidence has shown that these stressors result in adult coral stress and/or mortality. What are less well studied are the effects of environmental stressors on the vital larvae phase. If larvae do not survive and recruit to a site, adult populations will undergo a drastic reduction. The basis for this research opportunity is to work with the understudied, yet extremely important, larval phase using the coral Porites astreoides as a model system. 

Based upon previous research by the principle investigator, it has been determined that
P. astreoides releases its larvae on the new moon of every May. This narrow window (May 20, 2012 ± 3 days) dictates the timely offering of this proposed TLO (Total: 2 week duration). Days 1-10 will be designated for the field component of this project (sample collection and experimental set up). Days 11-14 will be used for laboratory analysis of the specimens at UNF (laboratory of Cliff Ross). The field component of this research will take place at Mote Marine Tropical Laboratory, a fully-equipped marine science facility dedicated to marine research, education and conservation. The facility is located within easy access to a variety of coral reef habitats. UNF students will be involved in all aspects of this project including adult coral collection, larvae maintenance, experimental setup, and data collection and analysis. 

 

Criteria:

Open to all majors, but preference will be given to students that have an inherent interest in marine biology and associated sciences.

Students must participate in an interview.

Students must be of sophomore through senior standing.

Shaw, Sherry Interpretation Studies in Austria and Slovenia

(904) 620-1811

sherry.shaw@unf.edu

57/3519

This TLO allows degree-seeking undergraduate students of American Sign Language / English Interpreting to accompany graduate students in a study abroad for 13 days at two universities in Austria and Slovenia that have translation/interpretation programs: The Karl-Franzens University of Graz, Austria (signed and spoken language programs) and the University of Ljubijana, Slovenia (conference interpreting program/spoken only).  Students will be enrolled in Applied Research in Interpreting at the time of the TLO and will be in the midst of designing research projects and writing literature reviews when they travel.

Given that signed language interpreting students are typically isolated from the larger world of spoken language translation and interpretation, it is unique that UNF students have the opportunity to see how the pedagogy of educating interpreters is similar, regardless of mode.  The TLO leaders plan to expose students to a broader world view of their chosen career while instilling in them an enthusiasm for research in second language acquisition, interpretation theory and process, and the larger field of translation/interpretation learning.

 

Criteria:

All interpreting students who are eligible to take Applied Research in Interpreting will be eligible to participate in this TLO.

Students must be degree-seeking and in good standing with the ASL/English Interpreting program.

Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have completed one semester in the program prior to the TLO.

The application process requires an essay on the anticipated value of the TLO and an interview.

Priority will be given to students who: demonstrate active membership and leadership in professional interpreting, deafness-related and research organizations; contribute to the Deaf community in service and support (outside of service learning course requirements); use ethical judgment in accepting work as interpreters according to their credentials; and display potential for positively representing the program, department, college, UNF, and the U.S.