Community-Based Learning (CBL) is a pedagogy that links necessary work conducted in community contexts to academic study in a rigorous, intentional, and meaningful fashion. It heightens the relevance of academic subjects by directly linking classroom learning to experiences in communities which may be defined by geography, affinity, or organization.
Learning Communities & University Seminars
A Learning Community consists of two or more linked courses designed to provide students with a more integrated and meaningful learning experience. In addition, since the same students are in linked courses, students can more easily form connections with other students. Some Learning Communities include a First Year Seminar I or II, in addition to meeting foundational, academic requirements.
University Seminars offer opportunities for students at each stage of their undergraduate career. Each seminar carries undergraduate credit, taught in a small class setting, and all but the Junior seminar include a Peer Instructor, who provides the "student perspective."
- First Year Seminars assist new students with their transition to the University.
- Sophomore Seminars provide opportunities to work on professional planning and development.
- Junior Seminars focus on professional planning and development and on preparing for post-graduate educational opportunities.
- Transfer Seminar introduce the opportunities and resources of the University and provide opportunities to work on professional planning and development, i.e. Sophomore Seminar "+."
Undergraduate Peer Instructors for University Seminars support the primary instructor of a section of either the First-Year, Sophomore, or Transfer Seminar. They offer the "student-perspective" in the classroom where they share their experiences to help others transition more quickly to the University. Peer instructors are expected to attend class each week and to actively engage in classroom discussions. New peer instructors receive a $350 payment at the end of the semester.
CLICK HERE if you are interested in applying for a peer instructor position for one of the University Seminar Series courses. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 cum gpa and be a full-time matriculated undergraduate student at Temple University during the semester of their participation in the course.
* Application for Fall 2013 is now CLOSED
Peer Teacher Programs
Diamond Peer Teachers Program
The Diamond Peer Teachers Program offers a semester long funded teaching experience under the direction of a faculty mentor. Participants receive a semester stipend of $2,250 and tuition remission for one hour of internship for the pedagogical experience.
Undergraduate Teaching with Technology Fellows Program
The Undergraduate Teaching with Technology Fellows Program provides selected undergraduates the opportunity to work closely with Temple faculty members, providing hands-on training in using instructional technology, recommendations for ways to incorporate technology into teaching, and student perspective on teaching with technology to engage students in learning. Participants are supervised by a Faculty Fellow and receive a semester stipend of $2,250.
Pre-Professional Health Studies
The Office of Pre-Professional Health Studies provides advising, application support and educational assistance for students interested in preparing for a career in the following health-care professions: dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, podiatry, and veterinary medicine as well as with preparation for graduate study in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant programs. The OPPHS also administers the Health Scholars Program and coordinates admission for related Accelerated Programs.
Temple Law Scholars
The Temple Law Scholars Program provides an opportunity for outstanding students to gain provisional admission to Temple University’s Beasley School of Law at the same time they are accepted into an undergraduate program of study. Law Scholars are expected to participate in the University Honors Program while undergraduates, have a range of majors, programs, and co- and extra-curricular activities to choose from, and can choose the traditional or an accelerated track for entry to the Beasley School of Law, leading to the degree of Juris Doctor.
Diamond Ambassadors Program
The Diamond Ambassadors Scholarship Program offers eligible students a grant of $2,500 to help meet the expenses of a study abroad experience. Recipients of the scholarship can choose to study at a Temple campus in Italy or Japan, at any of Temple's other programs around the world, or on any Temple-approved study abroad program.
Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising
Temple University students are eligible to apply to a variety of funded opportunities, including scholarships, fellowships, funded summer research opportunities and funded internships. The Office of Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising provides information on finding and applying for these kinds of awards, and offers support to students preparing application materials.
Undergraduate Research & Creativity
Creative Arts, Research, And Scholarship (CARAS) Program
The Temple University Research Administration in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the Deans of Temple University’s Schools and Colleges is pleased to provide a funding opportunity to encourage and support undergraduate and professional students engaged in scholarly, creative, and research projects that contribute to advancing their field of study. Two types of grants are made through the CARAS program: Research/Creative Project Grants provide undergraduate and professional students up to $3,000 in support of scholarly, research or creative arts projects undertaken with the supervision of a faculty mentor. Travel Grants provide up to $1000 for undergraduate travel to present research or creative work or travel to conduct on-site research.
Diamond Research Scholars Program
The Diamond Research Scholars Program offers a seven-month long funded research experience under the direction of a faculty mentor. Participants receive a summer stipend of $2,750 and tuition remission for one hour of research or independent study in the fall for their research or creative arts project. Scholars are expected to participate in the annual undergraduate research conference, TURF-CreWS.
Temple Undergraduate Research Forum - Creative Works Symposium (TURF - CreWS)
The Temple Undergraduate Research Forum - Creative Works Symposium, held annually in the Spring, provides undergraduates the opportunity to present their research to the university community.