Service Scholars Capstone


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The Undergraduate Service Scholar Capstone is a two-semester experience that uses community service and self-reflection to enable students to see how their values, education and career goals coincide with real-world problems.

Learning Objectives:
  • Gaining a better understanding of the nature of service
  • Learning the importance of collaborating to support communities in need
  • Developing a consciousness for sustainability
  • Assessing service projects’ effectiveness
Qualifications
To successfully participate in and complete the Undergraduate Service Scholar Capstone. The student must have:
  • A cumulative GPR of 3.0 or better
  • Established a working relationship with a community agency/faculty director who is willing to serve as an advisor
  • A Proposal and Timeline (Proposals must be approved by both the community agency/faculty director and LAUNCH)
Selection
Undergraduate Service Scholar candidates will submit a two-page proposal and a timeline of activities by early spring or fall semester with the approval of their community agency/faculty advisor. Successful candidates will be notified of their acceptance into the program by the end of the add/drop period of each semester.
Process
After submitting the Proposal and Timeline, the Undergraduate Service Scholar (USS) will develop a project in collaboration with their community agency or faculty advisor (USS Advisor) to be carried out by their organization over the course of the academic year. The USS will manage the project, and provide three written reflections per semester (six total) on the progress of their projects as well as any issues they have run into and their method for solving them.

The USS Advisor will be responsible for
  1. Ensuring that the USS is proposing an appropriate project
  2. Providing any necessary permissions need to work in conjunction with specific groups, facilities, or in specific areas
  3. Mentoring the USS and assisting with problem-solving in the field
  4. Providing two end-of-semester assessments of the progress of both the project and the organizational skills, awareness and adaptability of the USS.
 
UGST 497
Each capstone student must register for UGST 497 upon applying to their specific capstone program. The UGST 497 course has sections designated to each particular capstone. Students applying to the Undergraduate Service Scholars Capstone Program are required to register for the corresponding section for two consecutive semesters. This course does not have a physical meeting place or time and may be taken for 0-6 credits.

Public Presentation and Submissions (2nd Semester USS only)
The Undergraduate Service Scholar’s Public Presentation may be satisfied by submitting a summary of their capstone experience in the in the form of a blog or as a part of a workshop or presentation open to the campus or the general public. (Blog entries will be submitted to their ePortfolio if applicable). A link to the student’s blog must be submitted before the last day of Fall/Spring classes to capstones@tamu.edu.
This capstone may be completed from Fall to Spring or Spring to Fall