A seminar called “Bee School” held weekly meetings to tend bees, explore the math of bee behavior and prepare meals using honey.
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.
A study of historical texts on the nature of religious pilgrimage was conducted while actually hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Students and professors photographed art installations and participated in performance art during a three-week camping trip across the American southwest.
Together, students and professor used drones for environmental research, learning to fly micro quad copters and capturing images of atmospheric phenomena.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A music professor created a multicultural African drumming and dance troop that combined scholarship with practices and performances.
A January-term study-abroad seminar used the historic boulevards of Berlin as the classroom; Mead funds helped make it possible.
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.
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.
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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