The best way to get in on the ground floor of the university’s new student engagement program is to find out about the program and find a local university with the best track record, according to the UMD scholars program.
We asked the U.S. Department of Education for some guidance on how to find the best place to start your university’s Young Scholars Program.
The new program will be launched in the fall and includes two-week seminars for students in grades 9-12, with the first two weeks focusing on academic leadership.
The first two weekends of the first semester will focus on student engagement, and the last two weekends will focus more on academic performance.
The first week will focus in part on leadership development, including mentoring and working with faculty members to share their ideas and experiences, and working on campus-wide efforts to engage students in a positive and engaged learning environment.
During the second week of the program, the focus will shift to research, including a research-focused workshop, mentorship and peer-to-peer collaboration.
“These programs are designed to help students gain valuable leadership and research experience while at UMD, which is critical to our ability to build the best research universities in the country,” said Mark Schulze, the department’s associate vice president for undergraduate student engagement and diversity.
In addition to the first and second weeks, the second semester will be a “working week,” meaning students will be required to work from home during the first week and from home on the second.
The program is intended to make it easier for students to find opportunities to engage with faculty and work with mentors and advisors.
The program is open to all undergraduate students, but those who are at least 18 will be eligible to apply.
The department’s online application can be found here.
For students who have been accepted, they will be expected to attend a first week of class, then a second week, then the final week of classes, according the department.
They will then need to complete a final evaluation, which will include a final essay and a personal statement.
Students who are accepted will be able to participate in a “discovery day” on the last weekend of classes to learn about the university and get involved with research, according a department spokesperson.
Some of the most common ways students can participate in the program are by taking part in “discoveries,” which are meetings where students meet with faculty, mentor and advisors to share research ideas, discuss research projects and work on projects that will lead to a grant, according Schulz.
Other ways students may get involved in the Young Scholars program include by being part of a research team, helping out with a project or even hosting a campus party, the spokesperson said.
The department said there is no cost to participate, but the students will need to have a minimum grade point average of 2.00 to participate.
Schulze said the department is excited about the new program, but emphasized that the students must be able “to connect with and connect to their peers to be successful.”
“We are looking to develop a process that is welcoming to all young scholars and is inclusive of the different types of student engagement that are unique to the Young Scholar Program,” he said.
There are no guarantees students will make it to the second weekend of the semester, but they can expect to have their essays and personal statements reviewed by a mentor, according their website.
Students will also be able apply to the program in their first week, but will not be allowed to participate until their final grade is in place, according they website.
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