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Honors STEM

For University Honors students thinking about a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, this one's for you. You will meet your freshman Honors requirements for calculus and English, learn about the social impact of science on the world, and also explore career paths for yourself.

  • MATH 1421 - Honors Calculus I
  • MATH 3410 - Honors Math Seminar
  • CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1111 - General Chemistry Lab

Any section of ENGL 1010 or UNHP 1102. Add additional course(s) to complete a full-time schedule.

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Benefits

What are the benefits of Fresh Connections Learning Communities?

  • The Design of a Learning Community:
    • Provides a conveniently scheduled "package" of classes appealing to particular interests
    • Students are enrolled in courses with other students who have similar interests
    • Close collaboration among students and faculty
    • The learning process is strengthened through peer support and faculty interactions
    • Allows for career exploration
    • Promotes active learning
  • Based on successful learning communities at similar universities, Fresh Connections is structured to improve:
    • oral and written communication skills
    • increase student participation in the academic process
    • foster interaction with other students and faculty
    • improve teamwork skills
  • Fresh Connections provides students the opportunity to study with some of the most distinguished faculty at the University of Memphis.

Statistics on Fresh Connections Learning Communities

  • When compared to students not in a learning community, students in the Fresh Connections learning communities are:
    • More successful in ENGL 1010 - English Composition I
    • More engaged in the learning process
    • More connected to faculty and other students
    • Likely to earn more academic credit in the first semester
    • More likely to be successful in other first semester courses
  • Students in the Fresh Connections Learning Communities report more involvement in:
    • Class presentations
    • The writing process resulting in increased confidence
    • Integration of ideas and information into their work
  • Compared to students not in a learning community, students in the Fresh Connections learning communities generally have a higher success rate and a higher first semester GPA.
  • Overall, course success (measured by a grade of C or better) are consistently higher for learning community students.

Students are making Connections and getting a Fresh start at the University of Memphis!

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Last Updated: 1/23/12