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Serve-Learn-Sustain, Amplifying Impact at Georgia Tech since 2016
Beginning in 2015, Georgia Tech engaged in a five-year process to implement its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), “Serve-Learn-Sustain,” commonly referred to as SLS. Approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Georgia Tech’s accrediting agency, SLS represents a concentrated effort to put Georgia Tech’s motto of Progress and Service more fully into action by integrating it into undergraduate education.
Career Center Programming Continues
This past academic year, despite the challenges of the pandemic, the Career Center’s events and programming had a record number of student participants. The Center has developed and provided a robust number of new workshops, including sessions related to diversity and inclusion.
In addition to in-person fairs, virtual career fairs have been offered at Georgia Tech since 2009, to provide access and opportunities to connect to both employers and students that could not be present on campus. COVID-19 has forced all recruiting activities to transition online, including our in-person fairs. For the first time, the All-Majors Career Fair, the largest career fair at Georgia Tech, was held online. Despite the new environment, students’ participation in this fair has kept steady at 9,098 students participating, similar to numbers from previous years.
More than 10,500 students participated in 266 workshops, an increase of 80% from the previous year.
UROP Workshop Participants
PURA Award Recipients
Research Option Graduates
Undergraduate Research Makes an Impact
“The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at Georgia Tech has been instrumental in both my professional and personal growth through programs such as PURA, Research Option, and the Undergraduate Research Ambassadors. PURA and the Research Option helped me gain experience in a research laboratory that ultimately resulted in my undergraduate thesis and my admittance to graduate school. As the president of URA, we worked closely with UROP and assisted each other in putting on amazing events that helped other students get involved in research and be successful while attending Georgia Tech.”
Carolann Espy, GT ’21, graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, where she’s reading for a doctorate in pharmacology.
Pre-Graduate and Pre-Professional Expands Impact
Pre-Graduate and Pre-Professional (PGPP) Advising expanded their impact in the 2020-21 academic year, maximizing the benefits of virtual platforms while maintaining their commitment to highly specialized one-on-one advising for students pursuing graduate or professional school or prestigious fellowships.
In the last year, PGPP held 2315 advising sessions, a 31% increase over AY20 and a 21% increase of AY19.
“I am extremely grateful and blessed to have had the support of the PGPP advisors throughout my time at Georgia Tech. Being pre-health is difficult, but having a team that supports you as you reach your goals makes it so much better. I started going to the PGPP advisor my sophomore year as I was thinking about the MCAT, grades, and other aspects for one day applying to medical school. We discussed where I stood both realistically and honestly. One thing that stuck out to me was that regardless of where you stood the PGPP advisors were there to support you reach your goal. My relationship with the PGGG advisors grew from there. While applying to Medical school, I made many appointments and attended endless drop-in sessions to get help writing my personal statement and secondaries. I attended workshops that they hosted to help me prepare my best application. I gained a lot from all these sessions! I believe the PGPP advisors encouraged me to become a better writer and communicator. They prepared me to present my best self and I still utilize many of the skills I gained now in Medical School. Something I most cherish is that the PGPP advisors care about your wellness through this challenging application process. When it got difficult and emotionally challenging they cared. They took extra time to speak with you, listened to my words, and gave comforting words of encouragement. I gained so much from my experiences working with the PGPP advisors and grew both professionally and emotionally and know I will be a better doctor one day because of the Georgia tech PGPP advisors. Thank you all <3″
“My time at Georgia Tech was filled with countless opportunities, which was wonderful but often overwhelming. Applying to graduate school and fellowships was no different, but the PGPP advisors were a reliable and incredibly encouraging support system for that process. The initially overwhelming application process turned out to be very manageable, as my advisors guided me in transforming my writing and essays into material suitable for submission. Along the way, they helped me to better articulate and express my “why” for applying to graduate school, which contributed to the refinement of my career goals. Through their genuine investment in the current and future success and well-being of their advisees, the PGPP team provides an unparalleled resource for all students at Tech.”
OUE & Provost Create New Award for Finalists of the Love Family Award
This year, OUE and the Office of the Provost established a new award to honor the top-ranked student from each of Georgia Tech’s six colleges. The Provost’s Academic Excellence Award acknowledges the finalists of the Love Family Foundation Award, an annual award that recognizes the undergraduate student who is graduating in spring with the most outstanding scholastic record of all members of the class.
Prestigious Fellowships Expands Offerings in Unprecedented Year
Prestigious Fellowships Advisor Karen Mura led Georgia Tech students and alumni into new territory in her first full year at Georgia Tech; 2020-2021 saw an increase in applicants for major scholarships and an increase in awards that Georgia Tech students had not previously pursued.
Video: 2020-2021 Prestigious Fellowship Applicants
SLS Receives National Recognition for Course Affiliation Program
Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) received a 2020 Campus Sustainability Achievement Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) during the annual AASHE awards ceremony. The Campus Sustainability Achievement Award honors higher education institutions for the successful implementation of projects that significantly advance sustainability. SLS was recognized for their Affiliated Courses Program which helps faculty integrate sustainable communities education into their courses, with an emphasis on experiential learning through community partnerships.
Tutoring Improves Program Delivery
Tutoring & Academic Support (TAS) continued to improve the delivery of tutoring and Peer-Led Undergraduate Study (PLUS) in a virtual environment, which resulted in attendance as high as pre-covid. TAS also designed and executed a new format for Reading Day Study Sessions that helped students prepare for their final exams using a virtual format. (These study sessions were previously held in large lecture halls with faculty, TAs, and student staff assisting students with prepared problem sets).
“I have been fortunate enough to work with TAS as a Student Assistant since my 2nd year. My time at TAS has helped me develop both professionally and personally. I’ve been able to grow soft skills like giving constructive feedback and communicating needs, which has helped my overall confidence blossom. I’ve also met so many amazing people and friends that I probably wouldn’t have met if not for TAS. Working at TAS opens you up to a community of fellow students and professional staff who are all rooting for you. Finally, my job at TAS has helped me become comfortable with asking for help. I’ve been able to benefit greatly from the many resources offered by the office and continue to encourage everyone to let TAS help you succeed.”
Rebecca Hammond, Recipient of Outstanding Student Assistant, 2020-2021
“As a Peer-Led Undergraduate Study (PLUS) Leader, I had the amazing opportunity to work with large groups of students and facilitate learning through active participation and problem solving. Through this process, I learned invaluable interpersonal skills and how to communicate effectively with students. Furthermore, being a PLUS Leader strengthened my knowledge of course content and allowed me to think creatively and critically about subjects related to my own studies as an engineer. Lastly, I have connected with many other people and resources around campus, so I know there are support systems in place at Georgia Tech that are there to help us out when needed. Overall, working for Tutoring and Academic Support has been one of the most enriching experiences of my undergraduate career, and I am grateful to have been a part of TAS.”
Ana Cristian, Recipient of Outstanding PLUS Leader Award, 2020-21