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Intellectual Experience Badges

Badges

 

Throughout a student's time at UC Merced they will earn 11 different Intellectual Experience Badges. These required Badges can be achieved in courses, including required Quantitative Reasoning, Language, Crossroads, Writing in the Discipline, and Culminating Experience General Education courses. They can also be achieved in Approaches to Knowledge courses, courses in the major, minor and elective courses. In addition, these Intellectual Experience Badges can be fulfilled in the co-curriculum. 

More information about each badge, including the courses and expereinces that can satisfy the badge can be found on the specific Badge page. A complete list of experiences can be found here.

Intellectual Experiences offered in Spring 2019

ASUCM Constitutional Position
Badge: Diversity and Identity

Contact: Tawana Parks

Email: tparks@ucmerced.edu

The Associated Students of UC Merced constitutionally created positions of Senator (16 positions), Executive (8 positions), and Court (8 positions) are the leaders of the three major branches of the organization. Students elected or appointed to these roles serve the students in executing the charge written in the ASUCM constitution and the annual goals of the organization.

Bobcat Leadership Series
Badge(s): Practical and Applied Knowledge / Leadership, Community and Engaging the World

Contact: Brian O'Bruba

Email: bobruba@ucmerced.edu

The Bobcat Leadership Series is a semester long leadership development experience focused on developing students' leadership skills, knowledge, capacity, and self-efficacy while also empowering them to thrive as life-long learners and leaders in the 21st century. Students in this program will learn about a variety of leadership theories through the lens of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. Students will also apply their learning through service in the Merced community. Learn more by visiting their website.

CalTeach Externship
Badge(s): Practical and Applied Knowledge / Leadership, Community and Engaging the World

Contact: Hijab Chaudhry

Email: hchaudhry@ucmerced.edu

Students will be partnered up with a NatureBridge educator for the week to learn how to engage and teach children about the environment. The interns will work with their educator to develop hands-on and interactive lesson plans throughout the week. This externship will be a week-long intensive experience and will take place during the spring break of each academic year. The diverse locations of Yosemite National Park and the Santa Monica Mountains will provide externs with a lot of unique lessons and experience in teaching in the outdoors. Student are required to complete 40 hours for this externship, plus 8 hours of training and assignments.

CalTeach Internship
Badge(s): Practical and Applied Knowledge / Leadership, Community and Engaging the World

Contact: Hijab Chaudhry

Email: hchaudhry@ucmerced.edu

CalTeach internships are designed to expand the depth of academic learning for undergraduates interested in teaching K-12 and pre-school. These internships are an opportunity for undergraduates to receive experience in teaching and have the ability to apply theories learned in the classroom to specific experiences in the community. Students participating in the internships will gain experience creating lesson plans, collaborating with teaching professionals, developing leadership skills and figuring out their career path in education. These internships will take place on a semester basis and students will be required to commit to a minimum of 40 hours in the field plus up to 8 hours of training and check in meetings.

On Campus Internship Program
Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

Contact Person: Hector Cuevas

Email: hcuevas@ucmerced.edu

Internships are one of the most common and recognized forms of experiential education that contribute to career readiness. The On-Campus Internship Experience is focused on providing professional development opportunities within UC Merced campus departments. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to gain professional experience to advance toward a career or graduate school setting. Interns work with mentor-supervisor to develop professional skills and take an active role in creating, developing and engaging in projects within their assigned department. The internships are centered on the UC Merced campus or its satellite locations. Participating departments design internship projects and designate a supervisor-mentor to guide and support the intern as they undertake professional and institutionally meaningful projects. The internship will provide a semester-long or summer (90 -144 hours) experiential education opportunity that allows students to gain practical and applied knowledge. The internship must have clearly defined learning objectives and goals related to the internship project and integration of the student’s academic learning. The Office of Leadership, Service and Career, in advance of internship experience, approves and monitors all on-campus internships.

Off Campus Internship Program
Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

Contact Person: Hector Cuevas

Email: hcuevas@ucmerced.edu

Internships are one of the most common and recognized forms of experiential education that contribute to career readiness. The Off-Campus Internship Experience will offer a variety of project-based internships in areas such as Education, Business & Industry, Sustainability, Data Science, Health, Engineering, Government, Science, Arts & Culture, etc. The Off-Campus Internship Experience will provide a semester-long or summer (90 -144 hours) experiential education opportunity that allows students to gain practical and applied knowledge. The internship must have clearly defined learning objectives and goals related to the internship project and integration of the student’s academic learning. The Office of Leadership, Service and Career, in advance of internship experience, approves and monitors all off-campus internships. Approved internship sites will designate a supervisor-mentor to guide and support the intern as they undertake professional, competency-based and organizationally meaningful projects. (Note: As the program evolves, a list of pre-approved organizations will be developed by the Office of LSC, including Fortune 100/500, non-profit, government and business.)

End Gender-based Violence
Badge(s): Leadership, Community and Engaging the World / Global Awareness

Contact Person: Yesenia Curiel

Email: ycuriel2@ucmerced.edu

The End Gender-based Violence, peer educator program focuses on increasing awareness and recognition of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking behaviors, how to become an active bystander role model and how to intervene, receiving information about local resources, and gaining skills on how to empower peers on how to end gender-based violence. Participants will need to complete the 10 -hour, interactive training in which they will learn about public speaking, intersections of social justice within gender-based violence, and persuasive program development. Participants will meet with CARE staff weekly and the time will be scheduled during the first meeting.

Social Justice Community
Badge: Global Awareness

Contact: Onar Primitivo 

Email: oprimitivo@ucmerced.edu

The Social Justice Learning Community is an option for residential students to engage in social justice topics and conversations amongst others on the floor. To be a part of this learning community residents will be required to live on campus. These residents will engage in conversations while also taking part in a project with other members of the floor. This project will be an opportunity to learn how to enact change or bring awareness to an aspect of Social Justice. 

Habitat Enrichment
Badge: Leadership, Community and Engaging the World

Email: communityservice@ucmerced.edu

A semester-long experience in which students research and provide enrichment activities for habitat-based zoo animals. Enrichment interventions for habitat-based animals encourage the animals to perform natural behaviors, to be more active, and give the animal more control over their environment. UC Merced students will be required to research and identify enrichment activities appropriate for a variety of the zoo’s residents and work closely with Zoo-Keeper to decide which enrichment activities best fit the needs of the animals and meet zoo capacity. Learn more by visiting their website.

Environmental Literacy
Badge: Leadership, Community and Engaging the World

Email: communityservice@ucmerced.edu

This semester-long experience will prepare students to instruct and apply environmental literacy concepts, practices and activities. Following 2 four hour blocks of training, students will partner with local schools, parks and environmental refuges to lead educational workshops and activities for children and families. UC Merced students will participate in a mandatory 5-hour training in planning, preparing and sharing/presenting the "Growing Up WILD" curriculum and activities for elementary age children. Growing Up WILD Curriculum supports Next Generation Science Standards(NGSS). Learn more by visiting their website.

K - 3 Literacy Intervention
Badge: Leadership, Community and Engaging the World

Email: communityservice@ucmerced.edu

A semester-long experience in which students will learn the basics of applying effective literacy interventions for k-3 grade students who have demonstrated a delay. UC Merced students will partner with struggling readers, meeting one-on-one with the same child two times a week throughout the semester for 1 hour and 15 minutes each session. The experience includes a mandatory 4-hour training in literacy intervention and basic tutoring skills, and requires an initial, intermediate and final reflection paper along with weekly assignments. Learn more by visiting their website.

Sprouts
Badge: Leadership, Community and Engaging the World

Email: communityservice@ucmerced.edu

Students will lead a semester-long garden -based experience for 3rd and 4th grade students providing supplemental STEM education using age-appropriate, Extension-Based curriculum focused on the plant lifecycle, gardening, healthy eating, and concepts of sustainability. This project supplements the third and fourth grade focus on Farm-to-Table, and aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Learn more by visiting their website.

Yosemite Leadership Program
Badge(s): Leadership, Community and Engaging the World / Sustainability

Contact: Jacob Croasdale

Emial: jcroasdale@ucmerced.edu

The framework of the first and second semester in the Yosemite Leadership Program Leadership Seminar provide a platform for students to develop both the intrapersonal and outward understandings of "self," "group," and "community" as they pertain to the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. YLP Leadership Seminar also provides exploratory experiences for students to identify personal values salient to ethical decision making and leadership. Additionally, YLP will expose students to foundational knowledge and concepts for environmental stewardship and ethical wilderness engagement. The Leadership Seminar incorporates three programmatic elements to achieve these goals each semester: 1) a group discovery of practical leadership theory through a weekly 1.5 hr cohort-based class, 2) several Wilderness and Team Building Experiences in various natural/adventure environments during each semester, and 3) two relevant, powerful speaker series events.

STEM Peer Tutor/ Mentor Program
Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

Contact: Petia Gueorguieva

Email: pgueorguieva@ucmerced.edu

The STEM Resource Center’s Peer Tutor/Mentor Program peer-tutors/mentors provide continuous and comprehensive academic assistance and educational support to undergraduate students. Involvement as a peer-tutor/mentor provides opportunities for UC Merced students to enrich their educational experiences in the STEM field, offer peer academic guidance and perform intellectually at high levels. Commitment to the program reinforces peer-tutors’ knowledge on math, science and/or engineering concepts and brings the benefits of developing team working, leadership, teaching, and public speaking skills and establishing professional relationships with faculty and staff. The Peer Tutor/Mentor Program is open to all UC Merced undergraduate students who are interested in a peer-tutor/mentor position and satisfy the eligibility criteria.

UC Education Abroad Program
Badge: Global Awareness

Email: studyabroad@ucmerced.edu

UCEAP is the only study abroad provider representing the entire University of California system. Our partner universities span 40 countries worldwide, and our UC-approved programs are fully integrated to offer UC credit, grades and financial aid. We support the global economy by cultivating mature scholars with the international experience and cross-cultural skills vital to success. Students can travel, learn and live abroad during any UC academic term—from a summer, quarter or semester, or for the best value, an entire year. Quality assured by UC faculty, our programs are placed in a variety of settings to accommodate learners of all majors, interests and backgrounds. Students will find UCEAP in rainforests, islands, major world capitals, vast classrooms, specialized labs, small liberal arts colleges and leading institutions alike. Our focus is on helping students meet their life goals and thrive long after graduation. Through immersive language study, educational trips, internships and research we invite students to explore new cultures, gain valuable professional training, and become globally conscious and involved. Learn more by visiting their website.

Bobcat Education Success Tutor
Badge: Leadership, Community and Engaging the World

Email: communityservice@ucmerced.edu

A semester-long experience in which students will learn basic tutor strategies and interventions to apply in support of k-12 students seeking help to learn concepts and complete school-related assignments. Tutoring support supplements and assists students in developing understanding and gaining confidence, helping them to achieve grade-level expectations. Tutors will also learn about social, emotional and economic factors that play a role in the achievement of educational success. UC Merced students will partner with local agencies who provide after-school opportunities for K-12 grade students. The experience includes a mandatory 4-hour training in tutoring strategies, interventions and social factors, requires initial, intermediate, and final reflections in addition to weekly assignments to be submitted prior to making a Final presentation. Learn more by visiting their website.