Due Date: December 11, 2017 [and don't forget to delete this line!!]
Reminder: Your report must be an essay in webpage form, linked to your main page, of 1000-1500 words length (longer if necessary). Please respond to the prompts below.
If you wish to add additional material, however, go ahead.
Over the last three semesters, we have examined the Science of Nature and the Nature of Science. Specifically, we've looked at how we use
the foundations of scientific practice to explore the evidence, causes, and implications of past and present global change, and examine the
use of scientific knowledge and communication when making decisions for the future.
How has your experience as a Science & Global Change Scholar helped in that understanding (compared to what you have received if you were
not in SGC)?
Cite at least three (3) specific items total from among the following in your report. These items may be from any of your three
semesters in the program. For the record, you should state which semester that field trip, project, reading, or lecture/discussion was in:
Also, cite at least two (2) specific items from classes that are SGC requirements or supporting courses, but which are not CPSP
classes, that additionally support your thesis.
Additionally, discuss how your learning was improved or enhanced by interacting (in or out of class) with one or more fellow SGC Scholars.
Please use particular examples of how being in this living-learning community actually aided in learning (or, if it did not aid in learning,
Scholars aims to encourage active contribution on the part of students, either in specific academic situations (e.g., Colloquium discussions
and projects; field trip activities; etc.) or as part of the larger Scholars community. To what degree do you think you have personally
contributed to SGC, giving particular examples?
The University is supposed to serve as a cultural, political, and philosophical "melting pot", where you interact with students (and staff and faculty
and so on) from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Please discuss how you have interacted with—and learned from—people whose lives and backgrounds
are different from those in which you were raised.
Furthermore, discuss to what degree (if any) being in Scholars brought you in contact with people or concepts that challenged previous beliefs
or opinions you had (either concerning the academic material of the program or other personal issues in your life). [Please note: a challenge
is not necessarily a contradiction! Consider a "challenge" as any situation that caused you to examine or reflect on a belief or opinion that
you already had.] If you did encounter challenges to previous beliefs or opinions, how did you respond?
Finally, how do you think your Scholars experience might inform your future? Are there particular lessons, methods, events, or other aspects
of your time in SGC that you expect to draw upon as a junior and senior? In post-undergraduate education (if any)? In your professional
career? [Obviously this is just speculation on your part; it is often the case that it is only in hindsight that we discover what was
really our most important or formative experiences!]