Nature of Research/Program Description:
IDEASS is a service-learning program designed to empower students as change agents to face challenges of the 21st century. IDEASS takes a hands-on approach to solution-driven collaboration, drawing from multiple disciplines to produce projects that combine cutting-edge technology with responsiveness to the social, ecological, and economic issues of our time.
How It Works
In this yearlong upper-division course, students work together in teams with professional mentors to design and implement a project related to sustainability. IDEASS gives students a hands-on introduction to potential career paths in the growing green-tech economy leading to many alumni being offered jobs in fields related to their projects when they graduate. At the same time, students are able to fulfill their senior exit credit for an array of majors, including Environmental Studies. For students in the new Sustainability Studies minor offered through College 8, IDEASS is now the senior capstone course.
Keywords: academic year; service learning; credit; STEM; sustainability; community; engineering; cap-stone
Contact: Tamara Ball
Any student is welcome to apply, though priority is for Juniors and Seniors. Engineering majors need a separate applications. Physical and Biological Science majors are especially encouraged to apply. There is also the opportunity for students in the Arts (Film and Digital Media) to be involved to document the projects.
Contact the program for more information.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Business Management Economics
Computer Science: Computer Game Design
Ecology and Evolution
Education and Teaching
Field and Exchange
Film and Digital Media
History of Art and Visual Culture
Latin American and Latino Studies
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Network and Digital Technology
Technology and Information Management