About the Program
Seminar is designed to introduce scholars to the intellectual life at Kansas State University to assist in their acclimation to campus life.
Dr. Farrell Webb, associate professor of family studies and human services, is the instructor of the DSP seminar. Dr. Webb has been a recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.
When you join the program, you participate in an interactive seminar. The primary goal of seminar is to prepare you to take maximum advantage of the opportunities available at a research university like K-State. The seminar helps you excel in the classroom and in the scholarly work that you do with your faculty mentor, as well as helps you adapt to campus life.
You will be learning skills such as personal leadership, research skills, communicating your new knowledge via writing, speaking, and the web, and identifying opportunities for in-depth study. Simultaneously, you will meet potential faculty mentors and determine who will make the best match for your efforts over the next several years at K-State.
You will receive 1 credit per semester over a two-semester span.
Our scholars all learn in their first year how to conduct library research, how to design a PowerPoint presentation, and how to prepare a poster presentation for participation in our annual DSP poster symposium and reception.
Scholars become acquainted with the primary journals of their field and learn to use each field’s style manual accordingly. DSP scholars learn about human subjects and ethics, laboratory skills and routines, and computer skills beyond their peers' experiences. In addition, as faculty and higher-level students interact with them, the Developing Scholars gain self-confidence, critical thinking, and questioning skills.
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