Wednesday, March 13, 2013

BSOS Global Scholars Program Is Launching! Are You On Board?!

BSOS Global Scholars: Apply Now!
  • Did your year or semester abroad teach you to see the world from a different perspective? Do you want to share this perspective with a small group of fellow Terps? 
  • Did you grow up overseas? Would you like to connect with a group of college students in the home country you haven’t visited in a decade and share that experience with other BSOS students? 
  • Are you a fan of a foreign film director whose work relates to a social or behavioral science and would you enjoy viewing a film and moderating a discussion of their work with your fellow students? 
  • Are you an international student who’d like to connect with a small class of other BSOS students? 
  • Are you passionate about a global cause and want to host a spokesperson for that cause by video-conference? 
  • Do you enjoy collaborating with others from diverse backgrounds? 
  • Do you have strong communication skills? 
  • Do you have a passion for community service? 
If the answer to three or more of these questions is “yes” you are a good candidate for BSOS Global Scholars.

The BSOS Global Scholar designation is an academic honor awarded to students after completion of a one-year program who:
  • Serve as role models for future students 
  • Enjoy collaborating with others from very different backgrounds 
  • Anticipate using their cross-cultural understanding to succeed in graduate school and/or their future careers 
  • Are passionate about resolving global problems 
To be accepted as a scholars candidate, students must have completed at least 60 credits and must outline the experiences and coursework they have had and/or will have completed by the end of Summer II 2013 in these areas: 
  • Experience in a Second Culture – living or studying abroad, and/or living in a minority community 
  • Global Curriculum – 12 credits in global or ethnic studies 
  • Service-Oriented Experiential Learning of a cross-cultural nature 
  • Knowledge of more than one language 

BSOS Global Scholars welcomes applications to the inaugural class for the 2013 - 2014 academic year.

The application deadline is March 25, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Note that this is the first day of classes following spring break. For more information see: http://www.bsos.umd.edu/for-students/bsos-global-scholars/bsos-global-scholars-faqs.aspx or email khopps@umd.edu To apply see: http://ter.ps/bsosgs. [KH1]


Global Scholars Course Requirements & Planning

The incoming class of Global Scholars candidates will meet before leaving campus in the spring and decide on a broad theme for the year (e.g. migration, reconciliation). They actively design and participate in a small two-credit seminar during fall semester 2013. Each student will be responsible for organizing one class session and assisting a classmate with one session including:
  • Lining up a guest speaker or panel or securing a film 
  • Formulating a related reading assignment 
  • Moderating a discussion 
In spring semester 2014 Global Scholars candidates will complete a one-credit capstone. Capstone projects may include organizing an interactive video-conference between a group of Maryland students and a group of students at a foreign university, making and presenting a short video or multi-media presentation for fellow Global Scholars candidates and a larger BSOS group, or a student-designed, instructor-approved alternative. Students are expected to participate in a minimum of ten hours of cross-cultural community service throughout each semester.