A seminar called “Bee School” held weekly meetings to tend bees, explore the math of bee behavior and prepare meals using honey.

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A music teacher started weekly bluegrass jam sessions with students, then took them to an Appalachian festival, where they played the main stage. The program continues to this day.

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A study of historical texts on the nature of religious pilgrimage was conducted while actually hiking the Appalachian Trail.

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Students and professors photographed art installations and participated in performance art during a three-week camping trip across the American southwest.

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Together, students and professor used drones for environmental research, learning to fly micro quad copters and capturing images of atmospheric phenomena.

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A professor inspired his students to consider careers in science education with a workshop on evolution at UVA's Mountain Lake Biological Station and a field research experience in Florida.

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Why does a curve ball curve? How does Beckham bend it? A Physics of Sports seminar included “field research” at UVA sporting events plus watching the Super Bowl at the professor's home.

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Professor and students went “Around the world in Charlottesville,” visiting local families who hail from distant lands, learning their culture, experiencing their way of life and enjoying their cuisine.

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A professor held a competition among his students to design an astronomical experiment, then took the winner to perform the experiment at a world-class observatory in Chile.

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A music professor created a multicultural African drumming and dance troop that combined scholarship with practices and performances.

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A January-term study-abroad seminar used the historic boulevards of Berlin as the classroom; Mead funds helped make it possible.

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Students of dance accompanied their teacher to see world-renown performers, then toured backstage to hear Alvin Ailey dancers tell them about life in a leading contemporary company.

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A course on Joan of Arc was enriched with museum visits to view medieval manuscripts, armor and gardens, plus a trip to see Shakespeare’s Henry IV, in which Joan of Arc figures prominently.

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As a way to explore the creative process, a professor assembled a group of students from art, music and engineering to invent ways to express sounds as visual images.

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