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Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering

Majors eligible to join

Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

 

Program description

The Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering Learning Community (LC) focuses on creating a learning environment that enhances our freshmen, sophomore, and junior students' academic experience at ISU. Our freshmen LC focuses on linking students within engineering basic program courses and our orientation course. The sophomore and junior learning communities focus on linking our Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering fundamentals courses with engineering statistics and biological sciences. Upperclassmen serve as in-class mentors to help facilitate meaningful discussions and interaction opportunities for the LC students. Faculty interaction is also a key focus of these learning communities. Several social events take place over the academic year.

 

Living Options

Our freshmen/sophomore Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering Living Community is located on the third and fourth floors of Maple Hall and fourth floor of Helser.

 

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

Lindsay Frueh
515-294-5189
lindsay@iastate.edu

Ben McCarty
515-294-4087
bmccarty@iastate.edu

 

 

Web Site

http://www.abe.iastate.edu

 

Traveling Savanna Studio (sophomore)

"Living in a learning community allows you to form long-lasting connections over not just proximity, but shared interests. From taking similar classes, grabbing a bite at the dining center, or just hanging out, being part of a learning community gives you an advantage both socially and academically." -Nick Raap

 

Majors eligible to join

Landscape Architecture students in their first year in the professional program (sophomore year).

 

Program description

Students travel as a group with 2-3 faculty members exploring the savanna landscape region that extends from Canada to Texas. Student enroll in 15 credits of Landscape Architecture classes and spend 6-8 weeks during the semester on the road visiting urban areas, national parks, and landscape architecture firms. The travel experience allows students to learn, first-hand, many different aspects of the landscape architecture program and offer the opportunity to interact with their peers and faculty on a daily basis.

 

Living Options

None

 

Signing up

When admitted into the professional program.

 

Contact

Malinda Cooper 
297 Design
515-294-3680
macooper@iastate.edu

 

 

 

Design Collaborative

Living in a learning community allows you to form long-lasting connections over not just proximity, but shared interests. From taking similar classes, grabbing a bite at the dining center, or just hanging out, being part of a learning community gives you an advantage both socially and academically."  -Nick Raap

 

Majors eligible to join

Open to all freshmen and transfer students with majors in the College of Design: Art and Design, Integrated Studio Arts, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Community and Regional Planning.

 

Program description

The Design Collaborative is a one-semester, non-residential learning community required for all first-year students enrolled in the College of Design, who are not enrolled in the Design Exchange. The Design Collaborative provides students with the opportunity to connect with both peers and faculty members during the semester. Participants expand their knowledge of the various disciplines offered by the College of Design as well as enhance their skills necessary to succeed as design students.

 

Living Options

Non-residential

 

Signing up

You will register for the learning community at summer orientation, if you are a freshman, and at transfer orientation if you are a transfer student.

 

Contact

Malinda Cooper
288 Design
515-294-3680
macooper@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

https://www.design.iastate.edu/future-students/future-undergraduate/learning-community/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 a hands-on 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. 
 

Living Options

This is a non-residential learning community program.
 

Application Process 

Register for the required weekly seminar course, Bus Ad 292, or contact Judi Eyles for more information about getting involved.

The course is open to all majors and includes field trips, speakers, networking, and more. The one-credit course meets on Thursdays from 9:30-10:45 am in the Student Innovation Center.

Contact

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

 

Website 

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

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/

 

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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Genetics (The Secret of Life)

Majors eligible to join

First year and early transfer students in Genetics in either the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences or the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are eligible. 
 

Program description 

This Learning Community includes freshmen and early transfer students in the Genetics major. The curricular component includes the fall GEN 110 orientation class and reservations in specific sections of Chemistry, Biology, and biologically-themed English classes in fall and spring semesters allowing students to attend classes and labs with others in the major. Social or Educational events are held at least monthly beginning with a welcome social the day before classes begin. Other social events, field trips, research lab tours, and service learning with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation are planned.

Students are assigned a common reading, “The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine” by Francis Collins, 2010 to introduce the impact of our knowledge of the human genome on human health and its management. Most importantly, upper division Genetics majors act as peer mentors to assist with the orientation class, social and educational activities, and to lead study sessions in Chemistry and Biology. This learning community does not have a residential component but women students are encouraged to join the WiSE learning community if they wish to be housed with students in similar majors.
 

Living Options

None
 

Signing up

All freshmen majoring in Genetics are signed up at registration. Genetics Transfer and Change of Major students may also opt to join the learning community. See coordinator. 
 

Contact

Alison Esser
515-294-7322
aesser@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

https://undergrad.genetics.iastate.edu/LCHome.shtml

 

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

Eric Underbakke
515-294-5793
esu@iastate.edu

 

Desi Gunning
515-294-1042
dgunning@iastate.edu

Website

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

 

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