Asanat Odeyale, AU Scholars '21
First-Year Scholars Seminar: During their first semester in the AU Scholars Program, students participate in a Complex Problems seminar and an accompanying experiential learning lab class. Seminar topics range from social sciences, public health, and legal systems, to environmental science, theater, and visual literacy. Students have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in a particular field while making connections between course concepts, discipline-specific research, and practical applications. All seminar courses fulfill an AU Core requirement.
Spring Research Experience: Throughout their second semester, students will partake in a Spring Research Course where they will carry out a faculty-led research project while working in small groups. Previous topics for Spring Research Courses include human migration, child soldiers, globalized markets, theater, and more. Several Spring Research Courses include an international travel experience. Past trips have gone to Northern Ireland, Cuba, Costa Rica, and Belgium.
SpringWicked Problem Challenge: AU Scholars students will work in interdisciplinary teams to address a wicked problem (e.g., poverty, sustainability, inequality, political instability, hunger, disease, homelessness). Teams will develop a research proposal that addresses possible solutions to the wicked problem. This is a non-credit bearing activity. At the end of their second spring semester, the teams will present their projects to a panel of faculty judges.
- AU Scholars Welcome Reception
- AU Scholars Orientation
- AU Scholars Research Skills Forum
- AU Scholars Research Symposium
- Peer Mentors
- Student Advisory Team
- Other Social and Professional Development events
- Acquire advanced and interdisciplinary research skills and tools of inquiry early in your career at AU
- Connect with faculty mentors in small classroom environments
- Establish a distinctive record of accomplishments
- Be fully engaged and integrated in the life of the university
- Receive classroom support from graduate research assistants in the first year
- Participate in a vibrant living-learning community of high achieving peers