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XIAOCHAO ZHENG, PHYSICS

  I propose to organize a “3D printing club” in the Physics Department. The club will consist of approximately 10-15 Physics undergraduates. We will meet approximately ten times each semester, each time with 3-5 students, to learn 3D modeling using computer-aid design (CAD) software, to experiment with 3D printing, and to design our own 3D […]

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JASON WILLIAMSON, MCINTIRE SCHOOL OF COMMERCE 

The purpose of my Dream Idea is to create a perennial program that will engage faculty with students to engage in social enterprise to benefit local charities within the Charlottesville community while cultivating meaningful mentoring opportunities for faculty and students. Social Enterprise can be defined as business for the common good. These efforts use business […]

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LAURA SERBULEA, CHEMISTRY 

Undergraduate organic chemistry courses are prerequisites for many graduate and professional programs in science, engineering and healthcare, yet represent “stumbling blocks” for many students, often resulting in poor performance and high attrition rates compared to other undergraduate courses. Incorporating course activities and assignments that engage students in the learning process, both in-class and outside of […]

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SARAS SARASVATHY, DARDEN SCHOOL

It was a delight to be nominated for the Colley-Mead award. For my Dream Idea, I would like invite Darden students to create a series of 3-5 minute webisodes on actual business situations that involve the whole human being – emotions, body language and failings, in addition to cognitive intelligence and analytical abilities.   In […]

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GREGORY LEWIN, SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING & APPLIED SCIENCE 

I am often asked by students if I know of any research opportunities that they can take advantage of as undergraduates. My usual answer – which I’m not happy with – is to suggest the students go and dig around on professors’ websites or knock on doors and talk to them, even though I know […]

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Fotina Kondyli, Art

Byzantium, the Eastern Roman Empire, is one of the longer lasting Empires in human history (4th -15th c. AD). Centered on its capital, Constantinople (Istanbul, Modern Turkey), it produced some of the most extraordinary monuments and artworks that shaped the Medieval Mediterranean and impacted the artistic production of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Icons of […]

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Lisa Goff, American Studies

  Since January I have been working on a public history project called Take Back the Archive, a digital archive that documents and contextualizes the history of sexual assault at UVA. I am collaborating on this project with Scholars’ Lab and Special Collections, with the support of the English Department, the American Studies Program, and […]

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ZVI GILBOA, MIDDLE EASTERN & SOUTHERN ASIAN LANGUAGES & CULTURE 

As imaginary gates to foreign tongues and cultures, academic language courses lead more often than not into artificial entry halls designed for pleasure rather than pain, to protect before they expose. Sitting in the classroom rather than pushing and being pushed around in the market, what learners often see in their surrounding is something of […]

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David Edmunds, Global Studies

I am seeking funding to facilitate a partnership between the undergraduate program in Global Development Studies and the Global Civil Society Lab. The latter is an initiative of Global Grounds, a new center organized by the provost’s office to enhance UVA’s global presence.  Mead funding will allow me to invite 10 students from GDS 3100 […]

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Nomi Dave, Music

Since arriving at UVA, I have wanted to help promote the performance and enjoyment of Indian music locally. My dream idea is to organize an ongoing vocal workshop for four to six students interested in practicing and performing Indian vocal music. The vocal workshop would involve bi-monthly sessions led by Nirmal Bajekal, a classically trained […]

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