Agricultural Systems Technology - AST

ID: 
2046
Abbreviation: 
AST
Type (major or minor): 
curriculum
Department Code: 
01130
Major Code #: 
10201
College ID #: 
1
Level (U or G): 
undergraduate

Chemistry Learning Community (CLC)

The best part of learning community is all of the connections I've made.  I met some of my best friends when I was taking it as a freshman and I continue to meet new people all the time.  It has also allowed me to connect with a lot of professors who have been valuable resources to me throughout my college career. - Kate

 

Majors eligible to join

The Chemistry Learning Community is intended for first-year and transfer majors in chemistry, but is open to any student with an interest in chemistry.
 

Program description

The Chemistry Learning Community (CLC) seeks to build a community environment that fosters the educational and emotional growth of chemistry students. Because of the importance of research in chemistry, the CLC is centered on a research theme. 
The CLC holds weekly meetings and activities with freshmen and transfer students throughout the year. Students enroll in Chemistry 101A (fall only) and Chem 101B (spring only) “Chemistry Learning Community Orientation.” We will introduce students to support services, resources, and opportunities at ISU including AccessPlus, Canvas, and the Society of Chemistry Undergraduate Majors (SCUM) – our chemistry club. We will develop team-building, problem-solving, and professional skills, provide educational and service-based field trips, and invite faculty to discuss their research.  We will also have some activities just for fun!

Our goals include:

  • building a supportive community for our freshmen and transfer students by creating and promoting connections between the majors, peer mentors, faculty and staff,
  • exposing freshmen and transfer students to undergraduate research opportunities, and
  • helping students learn coping, problem-solving and communication skills.

 

Living Options

This is a non-residential learning community.
 

Signing up

All incoming first-year and transfer chemistry majors will automatically become part of the Chemistry Learning Community when they register for courses at summer orientation. Be sure to show up in August for the learning community orientation events which will be held just prior to the start of classes.
 

Contact

Terry Kruse
515-294-8980
tkruse@iastate.edu

Levi Stanley
515-294-3609
lstanley@iastate.edu

Joe Burnett
515-294-6352
joechem@iastate.edu

CLC Peer Mentors
clc.mentor@iastate.edu
 

Web Site

http://www.chem.iastate.edu/undergrad/learning-community.html

     

 

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Majors eligible to join

Open to all undergraduate students in any major, including open option, undecided and undeclared.


Program Description

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Learning Community provides a unique learning experience for students from all majors who have ever thought about starting their own business, who are currently running their own business, or who are simply looking to gain skill sets in entrepreneurship, leadership, and small business management. Students majoring in chemistry, marketing, engineering, and all other disciplines learn together in an entrepreneurial learning environment.

Students in the program are connected to mentors and speakers who contribute to student learning by sharing experiences and offering advice. Students have access to a support network rich in resources to help them develop new innovations or even launch their own companies. Students from a variety of majors will learn about entrepreneurship and innovation through classroom and extracurricular activities.

Students should register for Bus Ad 292 to participate in the weekly seminar class, which includes field trips, speakers, and fun team activities. The learning community includes an annual retreat and etiquette training dinner. 
 

Living Options

This is a non-residential learning community program.
 

Application Process 

Register for the required weekly seminar course, Bus Ad 292. 
The course is open to all majors and includes field trips, speakers, networking, and more. The course meets on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:45 am.


Contact

Judi Eyles
Program Coordinator
ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship
515-296-6754
eyles@iastate.edu

 

Website

http://www.isupjcenter.org/learn/elc/

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 WiSE Residential Learning Community is one of the many ways to engage with WiSE during your first year. The residential learning community is designed to help first-year students connect and build a community with other women in 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 residential community. Each WiSE community has a peer mentor (sophomore and junior WiSE students) who assist first-year students in underrepresented STEM majors with a successful transition to college. 
 

Living Options

WiSE First-Year residential learning communities are located in:
Richardson Court: Oak, Elm, Willow Halls
Union Drive: Eaton, Friley, Helser, Martin Halls
South Campus: Buchanan, Geoffroy Halls
 

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

 

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

 

Web Site

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

Biochemistry & Biophysics (B&B)

Majors Eligible to Join

The learning community is focused on students majoring in Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Agricultural Biochemistry, but is open to any student interested in these fields.

 

Program Description

As they begin their academic experience at ISU, it is vital that our students are secure in their sense of community. The B&B Learning Community is a very highly valued departmental effort and is recognized for its positive impact on all aspects of our departmental mission in pursuit of academic and research excellence. Successful integration into the department is essential for students to achieve their academic potential. With this integration, come the relationships with faculty that have always been an essential element of positive influence for students. The department of BBMB is an optimal size for being able to offer students personal attention as well as outstanding opportunities for research and growth to each student.

We look forward to welcoming you to Iowa State University.

 

Living Options

Non-residential

 

Signing-up

Students enroll during orientation.

 

Contact

Desiree Gunning
Coordinator, BBMB Teaching Lab and Undergraduate Advising
515-294-1042
dgunning@iastate.edu

 

Website

http://www.bbmb.iastate.edu/

Agricultural Community Encourages Success (ACES)

Majors eligible to join

Any major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 
 

Program description

ACES is a residential learning community with space for 25 men and 25 women. Activities include meals followed by informal talks by guest speakers, visits to area agribusinesses, tours of special interest facilities on campus, study groups, and service projects, and social activities.


Living Options

ACES men and women are housed on separate floors in Maple Hall, with an upper class ag student peer mentor living among them on each floor.


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

Cindy Haynes, chaynes@iastate.edu, 515-294-4006

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