Agriculture and Life Sciences

ID: 
1
Abbreviation: 
A
Department Code: 
1

International Adventure

The International Adventure learning community provides a 100% virtual experience in which first-year international students can take courses in common, connect with one another, receive support from upper-division peer mentors, and explore career options from anywhere around the world.

Four options are available for this virtual experience:

  1. Business: course options for Pre-Business majors
  2. Computer Science: course options for computer science majors
  3. Engineering: course options for Engineering majors
  4. General: course options for all majors
     

Contact:

For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Suzanne Härle at sharle@iastate.edu

 

FOCUS (Fostering Opportunity and Collaboration through Unity and Scholarship)

Majors eligible to join

All multicultural students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are eligible.

 

Program description

The FOCUS Learning Community is a multicultural peer mentorship program that is designed to support incoming students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The program provides academic, social, and professional connections to aid in the successful transition to college. Students will participate in enriching activities that will help them develop a strong sense of community.

Benefits of FOCUS

  • Receive one-on-one guidance from a peer mentor
  • Successfully navigate your first-year experience
  • Increased opportunity for academic success
  • Attend fun monthly social events to build community and strong connections
  • Develop a strong network of peers to support you through your academic journey

 

Living Options

No residential options are affiliated with the program.

 

Signing up

Contact Audrey Kennis, kennis@iastate.edu, to learn more about the program and how to get involved.

 

"The best part of being in a learning community is the mentor/mentee connection that you can make and getting to know other students in the same boat as you." - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student

 

Contact 

Audrey Kennis
515-294-6828
kennis@iastate.edu

 

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Science of the Environment and Sustainable Systems

Majors eligible to join

Freshmen and transfer students in Environmental Science

 

Program description 

Science of the Environment and Sustainable Systems (SoESS) Learning Community is a two-semester, academically-linked residential learning team oriented toward meeting the scholastic and social needs of entering and continuing Environmental Science freshmen and sophomore students. The SoESS learning community aims to provide an engaging environment designed to foster student-to-peer, and student-to-community interactions by involving students in well-designed academic, community volunteer, and social activities pertinent to the fields of environmental science and environmental sustainability.

 

Living Options

The Science of the Environment & Sustainable Systems Living Learning Community is located in Larch Hall.

 

Signing up

To sign up for a residential learning community simply click on the “Learning Community” tab when filling out your Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.” Sign up for the learning community course(s) takes place at summer orientation.

 

Contact

Richard Williams
103 Bessey Hall
515-294-1070
dickwms@iastate.edu

 

 

WiSE Transfer

Program Description

Students participating in the WiSE Transfer Experience focus on personal, professional, and leadership development while creating community with other transfer women in STEM. Students participating in the learning community also receive support from a peer mentor. WiSE transfer peer mentors are upper-division students (also former transfer students) in STEM majors, to help you transition to Iowa State. The WiSE Transfer Experience offers a variety of options and you have the opportunity to choose which component(s) are most beneficial to you. Sign up for the Transfer Experience or contact Sarah DuBois with any questions.

 

WiSE Transfer Residential Living (Optional)

WiSE offers transfer students the opportunity to live in community with other female STEM transfer students. We hold spots in Frederiksen Court, the University owned apartments, for our transfer students. To sign up, fill out your online Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus and select the WiSE Frederiksen Court Option under the learning communities tab.

 

Scholarships 

WiSE offers scholarships to incoming, current and transfer students who are enrolled in STEM curricula at Iowa State. Scholarship criteria, applications, and deadlines are listed on the WiSE scholarship page here.

 

Questions regarding the WiSE Transfer Experience?

Contact:
Sarah DuBois, Program for Women in Science and Engineering
218 Carver
515-294-5883
sedubois@iastate.edu 

 

Web Site

www.wise.iastate.edu


 

 

WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering)

 

Program Description

The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Residential Living Option is one of the many ways to engage with WiSE during your first year. The residential clusters are designed to help first-year students connect and build a community with other women in  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In majors where women continue to be underrepresented at Iowa State, the residential option increases the retention and graduation rates for students living in a WiSE cluster.
 

Living Options

WiSE first-year students have several location options available, all of which are formatted as clusters, where the majority of students are female-identifying and majoring in STEM fields.

For the full listing of locations, visit: https://www.wise.iastate.edu/current/first-year-experience/residential

 

I knew that I had an accessible program to use for academic, social and emotional resources. I knew that my peer mentor genuinely cared about my success and my personal growth as I transitioned into college life. The learning community experience also helped me to meet friends that share my academic and career interests. – Olivia T.

To me, the best part of being in a learning community is being surrounded by people with similar interests to you. Through learning communities, I have met people within my major and similar majors who I can study with, do homework with, and spend time with. – Emily T.

The best part of being in a learning community was having the opportunity to express myself in different ways. We had several different types of activities, events, and meetings that I was able to utilize. Whether it was a 1-on-1 with my peer mentor, or a group activity with my peers, my learning community gave me an opportunity to share how I was doing with academics, social life, and being away from home. This helped me throughout my first year at Iowa State and gave me a great foundation for how to succeed in the rest of my adventure at Iowa State. – Jenna S.

The best part of being in a learning community is knowing that there are people who you can call not only to get help with homework, but to hang out with. Having those kinds of friendships has been crucial to my time at Iowa State. – Shelby R.

 

Contact

Carly Miller
218 Carver
515-294-9964
millerc@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

www.wise.iastate.edu

 

 

Natural Resource Ecology & Mgmt

Majors eligible to join

Forestry and Animal Ecology majors

 

Program description

Our NREM Freshmen Learning Community program is a full year, residential based learning community. Students enroll in a cluster of courses that satisfy our degree requirements (Biology 211, 211L, 212, and 212L, NREM 110, 111 and 120 among others). The learning community is intended to assist students in their academic pursuits by providing study groups, interactive visits with our faculty and natural resource professionals, and optional field trips and community service projects. Peer mentors (upper-class NREM students) coordinate activities and are available for advice and direction.  The group meets weekly in a classroom setting for a one-credit class (NREM 111).

The NREM Transitions Learning Community is designed for students transferring to the department and needing the second-year series of courses (Vertebrate Biology, Ecology, Statistics, etc.) and interested sophomores continuing their studies. The NREM Transitions Learning Community is open to NREM students regardless of where they choose to live. We meet once per week in a classroom setting and have optional field trips and community service projects outside of the class time. Students earn one credit for the successful completion of this program. There are two peer mentors who are available to assist students and help coordinate study groups for common classes. 

The goals of both learning communities include developing your study skills, creating a strong sense of belonging within the department and the university, providing a positive social setting and improving your time management skills.

 

Living Options

Participants in the NREM Freshmen Learning Community live on a coed floor in Willow Hall. 

Members of the NREM Transitions Learning Community may choose to live on or off campus. Unlike the freshmen program the NREM Transitions Learning Community is not residential based.

 

Signing up

To sign up for a residential learning community simply click on the “Learning Community” tab when filling out your Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.” Sign up for the learning community course(s) takes place at summer orientation.

Sign up for the NREM Transitions Learning Community is done at the time of class registration. See the contact person for details and course availability.

 

Contact

John Burnett
124 Science II
515-294-3681
jburnett@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

https://www.nrem.iastate.edu/search/content/NREM%20learning%20community%C2%A0

 

Microbiology

Majors eligible to join

Microbiology, Biology, Genetics or Biochemistry

 

Program description

In this learning community, students study biology, chemistry, English and microbiology as a group, seeing the same faces in most of their first semester classes. The English course most of the students take is science-focused, using the discovery of water-borne disease, the controversy surrounding antibiotics in agriculture, and the importance of hand-washing to demonstrate the value of communication skills. Peer mentors will provide assistance, be part of the orientation class, and plan social outings.

During the spring semester, Microbiology students will continue to have access to the peer mentors for guidance pertaining to academics, class questions, or a friendly person to listen to concerns. At the end of the academic year, learning community students are given the opportunity to travel to the national American Society for Microbiology (ASM) meeting, where they see presentations of the most current microbiology research and, more importantly, meet student and professional microbiologists from around the country. If you are interested in microbiology, join us to learn how microbes DO rule the world. 

 

Living Options

Non-residential LC

 

Signing up

Freshman/first semester students may sign up for the learning community during their summer orientation.

 

Contact 

Susan Cramer
515-294-1722
shcramer@iastate.edu

 

Web Site 

https://www.micro.iastate.edu/

 

Technology

Majors eligible to join

Industrial Technology (ITec) http://www.abe.iastate.edu/undergraduate-students/industrial-technology/ 
Agricultural Systems Technology (AST) http://www.abe.iastate.edu/undergraduate-students/agricultural-systems-technology/

 

Program description

The Technology Learning Community (TLC) helps you explore options and make the transition to ABE and Iowa State successfully. Students in the TLC learning community get a head start on their college careers by getting involved in their major and ABE faculty as soon as they step on campus. (ABE - the department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering - is the home department for AST and ITec.) Upperclassmen serve as Peer Mentors to help guide TLC students in their transition into Iowa State. TLC students take courses together and enhance their skills in mathematics, physical science, problem solving, and competencies necessary for career success.  Social activities and the ITec and AST student clubs help round out the TLC learning community experience.

 

Living Options

Our freshmen/sophomore ABE Living Community is located on the 3rd and 4th floors of Maple Hall, and 4th floor of Helser.

 

Signing up for the ABE Living Community

To sign up for a residential learning community simply click on the “Learning Community” tab when filling out your Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.” Sign up for the learning community course(s) takes place at summer orientation.

 

Contact 

AST Adviser: Ashtyn Beek
515-294-5196
beek@iastate.edu

ITec Adviser: Tamara Kerns
515-294-0462
tkerns@iastate.edu

 

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Web Site

http://www.abe.iastate.edu/undergraduate-students/learning-communities/

 

Horticulture

Majors eligible to join

Horticulture

 

Program description

In a large university environment, it is essential that students develop a sense of belonging early in their academic career. The goal of the Horticulture Learning Team is to provide this connection, which in turn promotes development of social skills, communication skills, and study skills. This learning team is for first-semester, first-year students majoring in horticulture. The courses on the team's schedule meet the degree requirements for horticulture. Students will also benefit from participating in the Horticulture, Landscape and Turf Clubs, career exploration activities, social activities, industry field trips, and an orientation class. One of our student’s favorite activities is the “Project Glean”, a service learning project where the students pick, grade, and package apples at the Horticulture Research Station and then donates them to charity. Another favorite is the faculty/student dinner held in the first semester to get to know the instructors of their classes and who the professors are in the department of horticulture.

 

Living Options

This is a non-residential learning community.

 

Signing up

Please contact the Horticulture Learning Community Coordinator, Barb Clawson.

 

Contact 

Barb Clawson
107 Horticulture Hall
515-294-5624
bclawson@iastate.edu

 

Web Site 

http://www.hort.iastate.edu/undergraduate-experience/learning-communities/

 

Global Resource Systems (GLOBE)

Majors Eligible to Join

First-year majors in Global Resource Systems

 

Program Description

The GLOBE Learning Community supports first-year students in their transition to university life and in making connections with faculty and other students majoring in Global Resource Systems. First-year students enroll in GLOBE 110 (Orientation) and GLOBE 201 (Global Resource Systems), and the learning community is an integral part of both courses. GLOBE learning community peer mentors assist students in these courses and also promote active learning through other program activities. Students consistently list their favorite learning community activities as participating in service-learning projects, meeting visitors from other countries, and planning their curriculum to study abroad.

 

Living Options

GLOBE is a non-residential learning community.  Please sign up during orientation and ask your adviser for details.

 

 

 

Students, peer-mentors, and faculty in Global Resource Systems participate in the Fall 2019 Welcome Back Night, which includes activities to build community, meet other GLOBE students, and to practice teamwork. 

 

Contact 

 

Dr. Emily Zimmerman
515-294-2853
emilyz@iastate.edu

 

 

 

Maggie Sprecher
515-294-6025
msprech@iastate.edu

 

 

 

Dr. Gail Nonnecke
515-294-0037
nonnecke@iastate.edu

 

Web Site 

http://www.globe.iastate.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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