Service-Learning Scholarships provide highly motivated students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a service-learning or community-based research project for ten weeks in the summer in a setting outside of the classroom. Scholars work in a Delaware community agency (non-profit, governmental, community-based action research, or service-based corporate activity) and simultaneously pursue academic reflection under the guidance of a UD faculty mentor. In this immersion-learning experience, students spend the bulk of their week working in the community and one-quarter of their time in academic reading, discussion, and reflection.
Projects can be conducted in any major. Strong proposals will either expand work done in a course with the faculty mentor or prepare for an upcoming service-learning course with the faculty member. Proposals will explain the goals of the project, the questions you seek to answer by the combination of service and reflection, and the purposes of the service portion of the project.
The reflective portion of the proposal includes a preliminary bibliography and addresses questions in terms appropriate to the academic discipline(s) in which the project is being conducted. The end product of this project might be a written document (technical report, feature article, academic paper, journal, etc) or a presentation.
Faculty sponsors are asked to provide a letter of support that describes the learning to be achieved through this project, especially the reflection portion and how it builds on or sets the foundation for service-learning coursework. An official representative of the sponsoring agency is asked to include a statement of terms of your placement.
Funds Available: Service-Learning Scholars receive a $3,000 stipend and an additional $500 housing allowance to enable students to participate in individual faculty-guided service-learning projects during 10 weeks in the summer. Faculty sponsors receive $500.
Proposals: Due March 1, 2014. Awards Announced April 1, 2014.
Advisement: Contact Susan Serra, Office of Service-Learning
Note regarding Early Decision: Scholars who intend to earn credits in Spring 2014 as preparation for their summer service experience may apply for Early Decision and receive provisional approval within a month. The on-line application will be available November 1 and the deadline for Early Decision applications is January 15, 2014. Please indicate on the application that you wish to be considered for Early Decision and include a description of your spring semester plans. Early Decision awards will be announced by February 3.
Service-Learning Scholars Handbook: For more information about the Service-Learning Scholars program please refer to the program's Handbook.
Undergraduate Research and Service Celebratory Symposium
The fourth annual University of Delaware Undergraduate Research and Service Celebratory Symposium was held on August 8, 2013 and showcased the work of over 300 Undergraduate Research, Service, and visiting scholars who represented every college and discipline.
Past programs can be viewed below:
Prior to 2010, each Scholar program hosted its own end of summer Symposium. Programs for these are below: