Miami University students in any major are invited to apply to be a Wilks Scholar for 2009-11.
“Shaping Sustainable Communities,” open to 15-20 students, is a two-year, classroom and community based program with a focus on urban planning for sustainability in Oxford and Butler County.
Through courses and an internship, Wilks Scholars will earn a minor in community planning for sustainability; participate in a small seminar each semester designed just for them; intern in or near Oxford; co-author a plan that addresses a community issue; and network with community leaders and activists.
Geography professors Jim Rubenstein and Thomas Klak are part of an interdisciplinary faculty team leading the program.
“This is an opportunity for students to get real world hands on experience and help make a difference in this community,” said Rubenstein. “If you are interested in a learning experience that takes you out of the classroom and connects you with people working to make our communities more sustainable, this program is for you,” added Klak.
For more information, call 529-1953 or visit: http://community.muohio.edu/wilks/.
Applications are online. Applications will be reviewed beginning Feb. 23.
The program is sponsored by the Harry T. Wilks Institute, committed to promoting community-based learning experiences that prepare students to become engaged public leaders and informed global citizens while also enriching and giving back to the communities that surround and support Miami University.