The Carver Academy consists of students who have received the George Washington Carver Scholarship Award. This scholarship is given out to 100 incoming students of color each year. Once in the Carver Academy, students must attend seminars during their freshman year. Students in the program must also maintain high academic standing, complete 10 hours of community service each
semester, and finish a project for their University Studies seminar.
This interdisciplinary certificate program utilizes courses offered in a variety of academic disciplines to provide a strong foundation and appropriate experiences for Iowa State University undergraduate students who plan to become community leaders and engage in public service—regardless of their profession—in the public, nonprofit or private sectors. The program requires the completion of 21 credit hours through three, three-hour required courses that lay the foundation in leadership, communication and organizational theory and practice; a three-hour elective course in communication; six hours of elective courses in leadership; and a three-hour capstone through a course, internship or study abroad experience. The certificate is awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Completion of the certificate is noted on the student's transcript and via a certificate provided by the Registrar. Currently, 18 academic departments in all six undergraduate-degree-granting colleges have courses listed in the leadership certificate program, making it accessible to students seeking undergraduate degrees in a variety of majors in these colleges. Students can tailor the leadership program to their needs and interests through the selection of elective courses and the capstone experience.
The Engineering Certificate in Leadership and Strategy is a sequence of for-credit courses, and a capstone experience. The Certificate’s curriculum encompasses the topics of leadership style and strategy, business and professional speaking, and organizational behavior. Faculty within the College of Engineering teach courses on such topics as engineering ethics, engineering law, project management, technical team building, technology and globalization, and a seminar taught by the dean of engineering.
The Freshman Honors Program consists of special honors sections of English 105 and Library 160, a Freshman Honors Seminar, and advising by specially selected honors advisers. Participants select an area of interest and are matched with faculty members conducting research in that area. Admission to the Freshman Honors Program is limited and by invitation, and is based on past academic achievement, potential, and interest in an honors education. At the end of the freshman year, many students choose to continue their honors education by joining their college Honors Program.
The Gerdin Citizenship Program (GCP) is a program aimed at increasing the involvement of freshmen and sophomores in the College of Business by engaging them in activities meant to develop their knowledge and abilities in seven different areas. To become a Gerdin Citizen, students must complete activities related to these seven areas: professionalism, leadership, global awareness, diversity, ethics, civic responsibility, and public discourse. The activities, for the most part, are hands-on—e.g., students will need to participate in two community service projects to meet the civic responsibility requirements, and they’ll give four spontaneous one-minute speeches to qualify for public discourse.
Greek Community Leadership Course (LAS 290D)
The Greek Community Leadership course is designed for current and emerging fraternity and sorority leaders at Iowa State University. The goal is to provide Greek members with the skills, knowledge, and resources to allow them to reach their potential as leaders and council/chapter officers. This course will focus significantly on both the practical side of being an organizational leader as well as creating a stronger fraternity and sorority community. Furthermore, the course will take leadership concepts from the private, public and nonprofit sectors and relate them to fraternity and sorority life. Applications for the Spring 2013 Greek Community Leadership Course will be available in October 2012. For more information contact email@example.com.
One hundred high school seniors from across Iowa receive the Hixson Opportunity Award each year. The activities and programs offered to Hixson Scholars are designed to promote the retention and success of students. These programs and resources aim to develop a community of students and friends within the larger Iowa State community.
At Iowa State University, learning communities are small groups of students who generally take one, two, or three courses together and may live in the same residence hall. Since learning communities often have several of these characteristics, be sure to explore all the possibilities to find the right choice for you.
The Dean's Student Leadership Council consists of undergraduate students in the Liberal Arts and Sciences College who participate in a leadership and learning environment and play an advisory role to the Dean during the academic year. The Council meets with the dean and administrative staff twice a month.
This program provides transition for 100 incoming students of color each year who are Iowa residents and have demonstrated financial need & personal or financial hardship. Students take the MVP Seminar (Univ. Studies 115) and the Leadership Seminar (Univ. Studies 311) to become leaders for the following year. MVP works with Cargill in the MVP-Cargill Partnership. A limited number of students are asked to participate. This program provides assistance with such issues as career development, diversity in the workplace, and oral and written communication.
The Student Activities Center at Iowa State University sponsors the Non-Profit Protégé Program in conjunction with the United Way of Story County. Iowa State University students will have the opportunity to walk in the shoes of an administrator of an Ames non-profit organization. Students will each be matched with a mentor at each of the participating organizations. Throughout the semester, each Non-Profit Protégé will attend weekly meetings with their mentor. Participants will have opportunities to attend board meetings, experience staff and committee meetings, visit with potential financial donors and witness the action packed world of being a non-profit leader.
Each fall 30-35 first-year students are chosen based on academic ability, co-curricular activities, and service to be part of a special class directed by the University President. The group meets weekly, primarily at the Knoll, the president’s on campus residence; through these interactions as well as additional formal and informal gatherings the students are given the opportunity to learn from Iowa State administrators, faculty, staff, and state and local leaders.
The group is composed of the recipients of the Scholarship for Excellence in Agriculture and Life Sciences which is
the top College of Agriculture and Life Sciences scholarship. Each year, about 12-15 first year students are