High-impact, hands-on learning experiences are a defining feature of undergraduate education at Johnson State College, and there is no better example of what we mean by this than the Student Transition, Achievement, Retention and Teaching (START) Scholars Program.
START Scholars at JSC receive:
- Ongoing opportunities to conduct research and gather field samples alongside faculty and other START students
- Intensive faculty mentoring
- Ongoing opportunities to build your professional networks by attending and presenting at professional conferences
- Opportunities to build a strong portfolio of work
- Structured learning communities
- Focused academic and career advising
- Numerous opportunities to meet and connect with leading scientists and policymakers who speak on campus as part of our Environmental & Health Sciences Lecture Series
Most other colleges reserve these kinds of experiences for graduate students — but START scholars dig right in starting their very first year at JSC.
START scholars participate in a special seminar focused on improving communication, academic, research and technical skills. In addition to building note- and test-taking skills, the seminar covers critical reading of scientific literature, reviews of JSC faculty research, laboratory techniques, writing workshops, mathematics workshops, grant writing, oral presentation skills, preparation for participation in science conferences, time-management skills, financial-management skills, research opportunities, internship opportunities, applications to seek advanced degrees, assistance in seeking internships and future employment, interviewing skills and resume writing.
Take a minute to meet our most recent cohort of START scholars and find out what they have to say about their experience in the program.
The START Scholarship program is made possible by a generous, multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation. The 2017/2018 academic year will mark the final year of financial support for this program. We are currently accepting applications from academically talented students who choose to major in environmental science or biology. Successful applicants could receive up to $10,000 for the 2017/2018 academic year.