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How can I support HLP?

Community and industry partners can engage with the Hornet Leadership program through donations of time and money. Faculty can engage in professional development workshops to learn and share strategies to effectively support students to be independent learners and responsible leaders in the classroom or the lab.

Present a Seminar

The Hornet Leadership Program is looking for speakers who can discuss their leadership experience with our diverse student body.

Become a Mentor

Each summer, HLP Scholars are selected to propose, vet, and implement a project that will impact the local community or univerisity. Mentors are needed to meet with these students to provide feedback and advice on their project ideas, plans, and goals. Meetings can take place virtually or in-person and the frequency is at the discretion of the mentors and Scholars with a minimum of two meetings required.

Community partners who have project ideas in mind that may be appropriate for Scholars to vet and implement are welcome to contact us. Ideally, they will then serve as the mentor for the Scholar team that selects that project idea.

A donation of $3000 will support one HLP Scholar each summer. Not only can this one student have a significant impact on our community as seen by past projects, but they'll engage in an invaluable experience to develop effective leadership and communication skills.

Some examples of past projects include:

  • Development of the Grace Project to anonymously get students access to basic supplies (calculators, lab goggles, lab coats, etc) they need to thrive in a STEM major (Lindsey Herring, Nutrition, Spring '21)
  • Development of peer-driven mental health support groups (Cyrrus Espino, Biological Sciences, Spring '20)

Faculty Professional Development Workshops

Workshops are designed to help STEM faculty:

  • Support student success in classes and research environments
  • Learn about models of leadership and research-based leadership skills
  • Effectively facilitate student leadership development
  • Foster independent learners and empowering students

Applications for the 2022 Workshop are due April 22nd. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by mid-May.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • How many people can participate in the workshop?
    • 20 faculty can participate in the workshop each year.
  • Do I get paid for participating in the workshop?
    • Yes, participants get paid $500 for completing the workshop.
  • Do I need to be present both days?
    • Yes. Participants need to attend both days of the workshop to receive the $500.
  • How is this being funded?
    • The annual faculty workshops are being funded through the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education #1953752.
  • Do I need to be currently working with students?
    • No, as long as you plan to work directly with students within the next year.
  • Are there any deliverables for the workshop?
    • Deliverables will include pre and post surveys. We may ask you to share some of your ideas/work-in-progress as there will be ample time to brainstorm how to apply the topics and strategies to your specific situation during the workshop.
  • What are the activities we'll be doing during the workshop?
    • An agenda with specific activities will be shared with participants closer to the event date and will vary each year the workshop is offered. In general, the activities will align with the following goals: 1) Provide background about socially-responsible leadership, 2) Provide background and examples for developing individualized student leadership development efforts, 3) Create a productive and collaborative environment for participants to develop their own student leadership avenues, 4) Engage participants with tiers of the Hornet Leadership Program.
  • If I can't participate, will the contents of the workshop be accessible?
    • The contents of the workshop will only be accessible to those who attend after the workshop is over. If you are unable to participate in the workshop this year, future workshops will be held.
  • Do I need to be a faculty member affiliated with ECS or NSM?
    • Non-ECS/NSM faculty should just explain their interaction with students in STEM disciplines in their application to clarify their desiree to participate in the workshop. Staff who are working with STEM students in leadership positions may be considered and are welcome to apply.
  • If I submit my application after the deadline, will it be reviewed?
    • Yes. The deadline is when applications will start to be reviewed and will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis after that. Applications will be reviewed until the 20 available spots are filled.
  • When will I know if I'm accepted?
    • Participants will be contacted by mid-May and asked to accept or decline the offer to attend. Late offers may go out if a participant declines due to a change in plans after accepting.