Programs designed to help students fully realize their academic talents
The Office of Undergraduate Studies guides students in making the most of their transformative educational experiences at FGCU.
Students who engage fully in their academic opportunities gain the foundation for becoming lifelong learners, contributing to our communities and working in a career they value. Our focus is to support undergraduate students through collaboration, innovation, and transformation. As an FGCU Eagle, discover your own unique vision for success.
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Meet Our Students
Matthew Sinclair - Mentoring Programs
“The mentoring program is a great opportunity for students to learn about themselves and their peers. Everyone has had struggles and difficulties through their college career. As a mentor, helping students with those very same issues helps you build bonds with them while also rewarding you with personal growth. I am glad to be a student mentor and proud to know I will graduate with the amazing leadership skills I have developed as one.”
-Matthew Sinclair, Legal Studies
Hannah Andrews - ACE Program
“ACE was the driving force for everything that I did that led me to where I am now. Through my involvement with the program and on campus I was able to receive a competitive scholarship from the Department of Defense known as the SMART scholarship. My experiences and skills from the program carried on to the workforce. I am now the team lead for a new initiative that we are taking on, something that was accredited to my effective communication skills and leadership skills.”
-Hannah Andrews, Software Engineering
FGCU and ACE Alumna, US Air Force
Taylor Hancock - University Colloquium
"University Colloquium taught me a lot about sustainability and helped me develop better communication skills in an interdisciplinary setting."
Environmental Science, FGCU Alumnus
Each of the 43 Honors Mentors created their own digital story comprised of artifacts and a voice-over narrative to reflect their leadership development within the Honors Mentor Program. For this project, students create a digital story that focuses on one of the five Elements of Honors: Scholarly Advancement, Cultural Enrichment, Community Engagement, Leadership Development, or Honors Evolution. Students select the one that they feel the most connected to and have helped shape their unique experience as an Honors student and influenced their impact as an Honors Mentor.
Mats for the Homeless Project
The Mats for the Homeless Project began 2 years ago. It gives students the opportunity to earn service-learning hours, a requirement to graduate from FGCU. The students make “plarn”, which is plastic bag yarn. They recycle plastic bags from grocery stores that would otherwise take 500+ years to decompose and still end up in our waterways as microplastics. Other students crochet the plarn into a 3’ x 6’ mats. These mats are then donated to Lee County Homeless Coalition where they are distributed to those in need. To date, students have crocheted over 30 mats to be donated. Each mat requires 500 plastic bags! This project has successfully kept 15,000 bags from going back into our waste stream.
Communities in Transition
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the most impacted groups by the side effects of quarantining have been our local schoolchildren. As teachers scrambled to convert their curricula into remote/online learning, the quality of learning for many kids inevitably decreased. Knowing this, FGCU's own Dr. Sari Paikoff, and students Michaela Clark and Christian Fabrizio, have been working on a project to remedy this issue. This faculty-student team has been working closely with Tortuga Preserve Elementary School to put together and distribute at-home STEM kits to kids K-5. With these STEM kits, kids are able to recreate fun and creative lab experiments in their own homes, in the hopes of engaging students in a more hands-on manner and improve their learning.
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