It is proposed through this TLO that groups of engineering undergraduate students will design, fabricate and test adaptive toys to aid physical and cognitive therapists in the development of highly needed assistive technologies for children in the Jacksonville area and with hopes of expanding to encompass the North Florida community, Engineering students will be exposed through this program to a very unique interdisciplinary and transformational community based experience. They will engage in hands-on experiential learning activities that apply engineering knowledge from course content to the creation of real life devices that meet an immediate social need in the community. Students will also engage in interdisciplinary learning activities as they connect and interact with DPT students through the process of device development.
Furthermore this two semester TLO will provide a previously unfulfilled and highly needed service to the pediatric community through the creation of a toy lending library of devices that children and pediatric clinical staff can employ. In summary, it is noted that this partnership of interdisciplinary and cross collegiate TLO will provide engineering students with a highly needed hands-on experience that will shape their professional perspective as part of a diverse service team.
This TLO is open to engineering and physical therapy students.
Students will be interviewed.
July 1, 2014- June 2015
This TLO is designed to give students hands-on experience with biomedical research. The specific project TLO students will be working on focuses on how the outer surface of bacteria changes as a result of acquiring antibiotic resistance. In this project students will be characterizing the immune responses to different strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria. As part of this project, students will test the hypothesis that acquisition of drug resistance to a single antibiotic will cause significant changes to the outer surface composition, and that these changes can impact the effectiveness of the host immune response. In addition to learning the process of lab research, students will meet with medical professionals at Mayo Clinic and tour the clinical microbiology lab at Mayo Clinic hospital. The culminating event for this TLO will be for the students to present a poster of their research at the American Society for Microbiology General Meeting in New Orleans, LA. At this meeting, students will attend oral and poster session on the latest microbiological research and actively interact with the scientific community during their poster presentation.
This TLO will be open to students who have successfully completed either BSC2012 (General Biology III) or MCB2010 (Microbiology).
A background in Biology (i.e. Biology major) is preferred, but not required.
Factors that will be considered include success in relevant coursework, career interest in the biomedical sciences, and willingness and ability to commit large segments of time in their schedule to the TLO experience.
I generally require a commitment of 6- 9 hours a week in blocks of at least 3 hour increments.
This proposal requests support for the fourth year of funding for a 3-credit undergraduate course focused on the ecology of sharks. The course will provide experiential training in coastal biology to UNF undergraduates by involving them in a federally-supported research project focused on identifying regions in northeast Florida that provide critical habitat to juvenile sharks. The field-based training that students receive will be augmented by classroom-based activities, such as group discussions, hands-on laboratory assignments, and research seminars presented by visiting scientists. The students will select one day per week (Tues, Wed, or Th) during which they will participate in a day-long sampling trip to any of the UNF Shark Biology's main sampling sites. There will also be a weekend-long, class-wide culminating event, in which all students will travel to the Caloosahatchee River near Ft. Myers, FL, to conduct field-sampling of juvenile bull sharks as part of a high-profile study on exposure of these animals to human pharmaceuticals.
Although we will show preference for students who have completed General Biology I, II and III, we will also be willing to accept a small number of highly motivated freshman to provide gateway experiences in science.
A preference will also be given to students who enroll in Dr. Gelsleichter's Spring 2013 course in Shark Biology.
Dr. Rob Haley
This transformational experience will provide a unique and meaningful learning opportunity for UNF students to better understand the gaps and potential solutions for US healthcare reform by understanding Germany's healthcare reform movement. This opportunity will help students to critically evaluate our own healthcare system transformation by studying a system that has successfully overcome similar challenges.
Graduate Students may receive TLO funds. Undergraduate students may participate, but will not receive TLO funding.
Students will live and study for five weeks at the American College of Greece, a NEASC accredited college in suburban Athens. The students will take six credits of courses, a course taught by UNF faculty and a course 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, most if not all of the other students will be Greek students, pushing them out of their “American bubble” and into closer contact with Greek students, providing a deeper level immersion. The UNF course will add context to those immersive experiences by focusing on Greek culture. In addition to historical background, the anthropological readings will look at attitudes, expectations, and behaviors typical of Greek culture, all of which are markedly different than in American culture. The classwork will include some experiences and field trips designed to broaden their experience further. Students will attend a series of workshops offered by the ACG on topics like Greek dance and cooking, and again students will be asked to compare them to American culture.
The target audience for this program is students in the Honors program. Space permitting, the TLO leaders will also admit non-Honors students.
Students can be of any academic level and any major.
Students must have a 3.0 GPA or above, maturity, openness to new cultures, and interest in the the subject.
To fully participate in the trips, students will need to be able to walk extensive distances on uneven ground as many of the archaeological sites are not handicap-accessible.
Students wishing to apply will fill out an application and will be interviewed.
This TLO proposal requests funding for ten COEHS students, to complete a portion of their internship at an international Lab School in the Central American country of Belize. Students will travel to the Kuxlinha Government Primary School in Belmopan, Belize where they will spend three weeks working in the Lab School affiliated with the University of Belize. Unique about this experience is that UNF Interns will be paired with a Belizean Elementary Grade Teacher and will collaborate with the teacher on instructional strategies in some of the most trying and challenging situations. This international internship will serve as the culminating experience for UNF students’ required semester-long internship in the greater Jacksonville area schools. Student will be required to participate in all aspects of the school's regular instructional and after school activities. UNF COEHS students will have an excellent opportunity to contribute to this program by sharing with their Belizean counterparts, techniques and strategies they have learned in their course work at UNF as well as well as learning how the educational system functions in Belize and the strategies and instructional techniques used in their schools. It will also promote the opportunity for creativity in the classroom and new ways to impart knowledge and skills as is part of the mission of Lab Schools. They will be afforded the opportunity to think outside the box as they develop new strategies to work with this special and unique population. This is an extremely diverse school with at least 2 different indigenous languages, Mayan and Garifuna, being spoken along with English, Spanish, and English Kreol.
This short-term internship is available to all qualified education majors at the PreK, Elementary, Middle, Special Education, K-12, Art Education K-12, Physical Education K-12 and Music Education K-12 levels.
Students must be seniors in their final semester at UNF.
They must have grades of B or better in both Field Lab I & II.
Students must be in good standing with the university and the College of Education and Human Services.
Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.
Students must have passed all parts of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam.
Natural products are organic molecules produced by living things such as bacteria, fungi and plants. Natural products represent the single most valuable source of clinically useful human drugs, and over half of drugs on the market today can be traced to natural origin. This TLO employs marine natural product drug discovery studies to introduce milti-faceted biomedical research to undergraduate students. Through this experience, students will acquire analytical and critical thinking skills that will prepare them to succeed in a wide variety of careers.
During the TLO, research students in the Lane lab will conduct a series of three major transformational activities. leading toward the discovery of novel marine compounds that may someday help meet the urgent need for new drugs. Students will conduct field collections of marine bacteria and fungi from local coastal habitats and complete laboratory studies aimed at exploring the sample's production of compounds effective as inhibitors of model human pathogen bacteria. Students will also evaluate the genes and enzymes utilized by marine microorganisms in production of natural products. Students will then travel to the University of Florida Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Facility where they will work alongside UF scientists to determine structures of the organic molecules they isolate during the TLO.
Chemistry, Biology and other science majors interested in biomedical research
Students are expected to
register for at least four credit hours of CHM4910 (Chemical Research), and
have at least 9-12 hours/week to devote to research.
This TLO will explore the study of physical methods in Chemistry and will include lectures from experts in the field as well as various trips to labs within Florida and outside.
Students must have completed the following prerequisites:
Inorganic Chemistry and Lab (preferably both with a grade of B+ or better)Physics I and IICalculus I and II
Physical Chemistry I and Lab
Students will be recruited from the Fall Inorganic Chemistry coursePriority will be given to following students:
Those following the materials track for their BS chemistry degree
Dual Degree students Those who wish to pursue graduate work
This 5 week program in Malaga, Spain is associated with a new academic track in Maritime Construction; currently in development. Students will participate in the ongoing construction of a replica of the Galveztown, an 18th century ship involved in the American Revolutionary War which played an important role in the history of Florida. Students will work on the project supervised by the Malaga Shipyard and will conduct library research in Malaga to enhance their understanding of the project. In addition, students will attend concentrated courses at the University of Madrid as a part of the Maritime Construction track,and will visit construction and historic sites in and around Malaga.
This study abroad will promote experiential learning learning onsite while incorporating Spanish culture. Students will build an understanding of the role that culture, values, tradition and Spanish philosophy in the construction of buildings and nautical structures in Malaga.
This program will include concentrated courses followed by a practicum.
15 Construction Management and Engineering students.
This study abroad course involves 18 hours of pre-trip meetings to understand the social and economic fabric of Peru. During the preparation students will be engaged in research by talking with local community leaders (Rotary and water associations working in Peru) as well as resources in Peru that have been developed over time (e.g. Peace Corps, Rotary and local Incan contacts). In Peru we will see a broad spectrum of activities which will include visiting Machu Picchu to understand the importance of Incan history and culture; meeting with experts on economic development from Government, Rotary, other NGOs, the Peace Corps and several local water agencies including Water for People. Students will work with school children and villagers to both help with education (reading to students and singing) and work on several water projects. Most importantly the students will be involved in needs assessment to better understand the issues and develop a clear strategy for raising money upon return to Jacksonville. One of the unique aspects of this study abroad is that students will have an opportunity to meet with a number of NGOs in order to determine where to invest the results of their fundraising. Upon return students will complete their strategy for raising funds ($300/student or $6,000 in total that they may choose to work with UNF Rotaract and Oceanside Rotary to apply for matching funds); complete fundraisers; work in teams to develop several proposals to use the money raised in Peru and complete the reflective portion of the journal.
This TLO is targeted to freshman students.
For the study of art and art history, the museums and archaeological sites of Rome, Florence and Pompeii are incomparable. The 2015 program will be scheduled for approximately six weeks and will include an introduction to Italian language and culture in Massa before traveling to Rome. Students will have the rich experience of living in Rome where the majority of the program is centered. The living arrangements are in the St. John’s University Rome campus with dormitory facilities and kitchenettes so students have to learn how to shop with Italians, thus being exposed to an added dimension of Italian life. St.John’s is located near the Lepanto metro stop and students learn to utilize the transportation system. They will also have many opportunities to study and present oral reports in some of the most important museums in the world including the Naples Archaeological Museum (where the majority of the finds from the Vesuvian sites buried in 79 are housed), the Vatican Museums (home not only to the Sistine Chapel but works from antiquity to the modern) to the Coliseum, the Pantheon, the Uffizi and the Accademia in Florence. They will meet contemporary Italian artists MArco Zeno, Rodolfo LAcquaniti and Rossella Vasta.
Students must have at least a 2.75 GPA and must be of at least sophomore standing.
Students will be interviewed by the Academic Director of the program.
Students are encouraged to take either ARH 2000, ARH 2050 or ARH 2051.
Students are thoroughly briefed about the physical rigors of the program with its demands of walking, climbing stairs and maneuvering cobblestones and archeological sites and the intensive nature of the lecture and class schedules
The Strasbourg French language and culture study abroad program consists of five weeks in France during which the UNF students have French classes 15 hours a week (total 60 contact hours) where 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). Three to four afternoons a week, Dr. Schwam-Baird teaches the culture class (Faces of France), which examines social, political, and cultural issues in contemporary France with insight into their historical context, and which includes the perspective of France as part of the construction of Europe. Students also participate in many excursions, afternoon visits to places of interest in the city, full-day Saturday excursions in the region around Strasbourg, and a long weekend in Paris.
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.
This TLO is an eight-day immersion experience during Spring Break 2014 in cabins at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, FL. Students will visit state parks, springs, tributaries and other points of natural and cultural significance. Guided hikes and canoe trips will be arranged for students to experiences and learn about nature while in the field. Students will interact with authors, historians, scientists, engineers, artists and musicians to learn about the river and its people from many different perspectives.To promote the multidisciplinary focus of this trip, all students regardless of major will take art lessons and learn how to do quality water sampling.
This TLO is open to all students, but preference is given to undergraduate students who have demonstrated an advanced level of academic achievement (junior or senior, or junior-, senior-equivalent), ability to work and live well with group of people in constrained living conditions, past field or group experiences, two academic and one personal reference (due to the lodging arrangements), and ability to swim (due to predominantly being river and water related experiences).
This TLO will provide undergraduates the opportunity to learn cellular and molecular genetic techniques they would not ordinarily learn in a classroom. Furthermore, students will use these skills to address important questions in muscle gene regulation. Ultimately, students will have the opportunity to conduct independent projects that will include cloning and characterizing the control regions of genes that become activated in muscle tissue in response to increased levels of TGF-β expression. The initial work for this project will occur at UNF during the 2014-2015 academic year. Then during the summer of 2014, the final phase of the project will be conducted during a two week trip to U.C. Davis.
Students who are majors in Biology 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 freshman or sophomores will have to successfully complete General Biology I in order to participate.
Students who are juniors will be required to have successfully completed General Biology I and at least one of the other upper division courses listed above.
The UNF Intensive Chinese in China (ICIC) continues the advanced level Chinese language course sequence in a target-language speaking environment. ICIC is an intensive language program featuring total language immersion and time-honored training strategies to produce fluent speakers of Mandarin Chinese. ICIC follows the established model used by Ivy League schools’ summer programs including those of Harvard Beijing Academy and Princeton in Beijing. The language training is embedded in a Chinese setting, with speakers from many sectors of Chinese society joining the participants to discuss their lives. On a typical weekday, students will start their day as a class by attending a one-hour lecture for the day's lesson. The class will then break into groups of four to drill the sentence patterns and vocabulary of the lesson for two hours. In the afternoon, students will have one-hour long 1-on-1 conversation sessions. The rest of the afternoon is left open for study and extracurricular activities in Chinese. In addition, students are encouraged to take lessons in Chinese arts, such as martial arts, calligraphy, cooking, or music. On the weekends, there are performances (e.g. Chinese Opera) and excursions (e.g. museums and galleries). Students may also spend time on weekends with host families to experience the daily lives and customs of Chinese families.
Students who have completed two years of Chinese at UNF will be the primary target group.
Students must be in good academic standing and have finished two years of Chinese or equivalent, with a grade of C or better for all Chinese language courses.
This TLO will support the UNF Model UN team to attend three conferences/competitions throughout 2014-2015: 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.
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.
This TLO is a six credit philosophy and religious studies course with Foreign Culture designation in the
summer of 2015 that will travel to four cities in China: Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, and Chengdu. This course
focuses on the foundational assumptions that led to the development of distinctive features of Chinese
culture in terms of philosophy and religion. The course has four major units: cosmology, politics and social
order, art and aesthetics, and personal identity. Each of these units explores philosophical and religious
issues in terms of texts and practices, and how the classical assumptions are and are not still in play
today. Throughout the course, students will become conversant in the three main influential traditions—
Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism—as well as the impact of other traditions such as Islam and
This course is a philosophy and religion course, both philosophy and religious studies majors and minors, as well as Chinese language majors, International Studies majors, and Asian studies minors will be recruited. However, this is a designated Foreign
Culture course, so students are welcomed from the campus at large. Students in International Business
will also be served by this course, as it will fulfill one of their major requirements.
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