50-50 Highlights: Michigan Tech, University of Kansas, and Seton Hall University

Michigan TechStudents in the College of Business and Economic at Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) can participate in a Silicon Valley Experience. All first-year engineering students take the same discovery-based learning core classes. Engineering students can start research projects as early as their freshman year through the Research Scholars Program. The Center for Water and Society awards undergraduates travel and research grants. Students in the Forestry and Environmental Resource Management program get hands-on, field-based learning opportunities through the Fall Camp semester. The Clinical Laboratory Science Degree offers six areas of specializations. Students in Scientific and Technical Communication run the CinOPtic Communication and Media Enterprise. Students can also major in Audio Production & Technology or Sound Design. All students are eligible to participate in the Enterprise Program that are cross-functional teams that work on real-world client projects.

The University of Kansas offers students a variety of leadership development programs including KU Ascend, the Sophomore Leadership Challenge, LeaderShape, and the opportunity to minor in Leadership Studies. Students in the Business Leadership Program begin developing professional careers as incoming freshmen. The Finance Scholar Program includes a course in Financial Careers & Institutions, internships, and site visits to financial organizations across the country. Engineering and Computer Science students can participate in the Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Program, an enrichment program that provides mentoring, seminars, and leadership opportunities. Students can get hands-on experience at the Kansas Geological Survey. The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets provides internships and research opportunities as well as hiring students as research assistants. All students can receive Certifications in Experiential Learning in areas including Research Experience Program, Global Awareness Program, and Arts Engagement Certification.

Seton Hall University in New Jersey has established the Seton Hall Experiential Learning and Leadership Service Program which places undergraduate students in projects sponsored by local nonprofit agencies. Sport Management students can get experience through internships at The Center for Sport Management or by working at the Sports Polling Center. Students in the School of Diplomacy and International Relations can take advantage of the school’s relationship with the UN which provides conferences, courses, internships, and research opportunities. Business students can take advantage of exchange programs in London, Germany, China, and Macau. The Market Research Center provides students with the opportunities to gain hands-on experience in a market research facility.

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