New Ferrum College freshmen may be selected to partner with a faculty member on a
scholarly research project before they enroll in their fall semester courses. For two weeks in August, these students
will earn three college credits by participating in Ferrum's Freshman Scholars Program and working on a research project with their faculty mentor.
Focused interaction between students and faculty is part of what sets Ferrum College
apart from other colleges and universities. Most undergraduate students do not have
the opportunity to be mentored by an expert on a chosen project of interest until
graduate school; however, at Ferrum College, you can begin this type of experience
even before your freshman year begins!
The all-inclusive fee includes housing, meals, social activities, and three credits
toward your degree.
The Freshman Scholars initiative is designed to establish a community of first-year
undergraduate students and faculty researchers. Each faculty member will mentor one
to three students to maximize the quality of interactions throughout the two-week
Students with a background or interest in agriculture, horticulture, plant/microbe
interactions and ecology, plant hormones, plant physiology, field and/or greenhouse
cropping, ecological and alternative/organic farming, or biostimulants.
Students interested in finding quantitative answers to the questions raised by the
world around them. They should be comfortable with interacting with a computer by
typing commands at a prompt rather than clicking on options from pull-down menus.
A strong background in high school math and science is preferred, but more importantly,
applicants should have a strong interest in math and science.
The all-inclusive fee for all program participants for the 2015 program is TBD. The fee includes housing, meals, social activities, and three credits toward your
degree. The deadline to pay this program fee is TBD.
• A statement explaining why you are interested in participating as a freshman scholar. • A prioritized list of the project(s) on which you would be interested in working
and the reason(s) for your interest. • A detailed statement of your qualifications to work on the project(s) you selected.
The Program Director and participating faculty mentors will review the applications
to determine the student’s eligibility. A telephone interview or email correspondence
may be required for additional screening.
• Most of your time will be spent with your faculty mentor. • You will receive training and instruction on tools related to your scholarly work
including library and information resources. • You will have the opportunity to participate in planned and informal social interactions,
º The Ferrum Outdoors ropes course º Intramural sports º Movie night º Local music and culture
• You will have the chance for scholarly interactions with faculty and peers and
to conduct research presentations.