Applications under review.
The recipients of the 2016-17 Miller Scholar Awards (a maximum of two faculty members) will receive the following:
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 Deadline for applications and project proposals
December 3-5, 2016 Announcement of Miller Scholar Awardees
2015-2016 Miller Scholars Project Descriptions
The Poetry of Place: Pedagogy & Anthology
Dr. Kate Pound, Professor of geology
with Dr. Kristin Bratt, Associate Professor, Academic Learning Center
Natural environments provide foundation for poetry. We will develop and deliver a truly interdisciplinary course ‘Poetry in its Geological Context,’ featuring poetic voices from geologically distinct regions. Early poetry was closely linked to landscape; analysis of this history informs and enriches student understanding of poetry and place. Current examples of links between the scientific basis for landscape, poetry, and social movements can be found in post-Arab Spring nations; we will collect material for a published anthology of poetry and essays.
Seeing the Unseeable
Dr. Matthew Julius, Professor of biology
with Dr. Bill Gorcica, Professor of art and Dr. Mark Gill, Professor of engineering
“Seeing the Unseeable” aims to create student cohorts to develop interactive 3-D learning tools. The goal of the project is to reorganize existing ISELF facilities into a Science, Technology Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) Center and create a traveling virtual reality kit for use for both on and off campus demonstrations. Student outcomes will be consistent with the university goals for developing problem solving and life-long learning skills. Modern education at the collegiate level is in a state of flux. Learning objectives have expanded beyond the role memorization of data specific to disciplines to a more active learning-based pedagogy. This transition is occurring under intense pressure with constraints of modernization, maintaining relevance, and decreasing budgets challenging the academy. Two areas common in most discussions of modern educational outcomes are developing problem-solving skills and promoting skills for life-long learning.