Scholar, Leadership and International Programs
PurposeThe merit scholarships designated as the EC Scholar awards were established in 1998 to attract to East Carolina University those entering students possessing the greatest potential to become scholars and leaders. EC Scholars must maintain high Program standards and continually demonstrate academic excellence and commitment, integrity and dedication. The EC Scholars Program fosters students’ growth as the brightest of ECU’s future alumni and community leaders.
The support of various donors makes the EC Scholars Program possible. It is through their vision and encouragement that we are able to attract the best and brightest to East Carolina University.
ProcessThe application for the EC Scholars Program is due January 1. Potential candidates are sent the follow-up application packets which are collected by the end of January and are reviewed by a committee. In March, the top forty-five to fifty applicants and their parents are invited to campus for Scholars Weekend. Over the course of this weekend, teams composed of ECU faculty and administrators, donors, high school guidance counselors and current EC Scholars interview the applicants. Included among the finalists are four Early Assurance Awards (to the Brody School of Medicine) and up to four Alternates. Twenty to twenty-five Scholars are selected, each receiving an award totaling up to $40,000 awarded over eight semesters.
ProgramIn keeping with the Program’s commitment to a comprehensive learning experience, all first-year EC Scholars are required to live in the designated Honors/International residence hall and participate in the University Honors Program, successfully meeting and completing the requirements for graduation with University Honors.
Students must also enroll in certain required honors seminars that include an academic service learning component. EC scholars live in the honors/international residence hall during their first year where they will participate in leadership development and diversity appreciation programs.
For more information on EC Scholars, contact the program director, D-107 Brewster Building, or telephone 252-328-6373.
To be invited to join, students must be either an incoming freshman with at least a 3.5 unweighted GPA and a score of at least 1200 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), or a current ECU student with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3. Students may complete the program and graduate with either Foundations Curriculum Honors or University Honors.
In order to graduate with Foundations Curriculum Honors, students must complete twenty-four semester hours of honors coursework with a minimum 3.3 grade point average
In order to graduate with University Honors, a student must complete thirty semester hours of honors courses, including an independent upper-level project in their major (such as a thesis, a portfolio, a field experience, or co-teaching), with a minimum 3.5 grade point average.
All students in the Honors Program must complete at least one course (usually HLTH 1050) at ECU that incorporates Academic Service Learning.
The program offers honors sections of many regular introductory courses each semester (in such disciplines as English, history, anthropology, and psychology) and special, often interdisciplinary, honors seminars designed to meet foundations curriculum requirements. Many of these seminars are team-taught. In the HNRS course listing, general categories of the seminars are included; the precise topics and semesters in which the seminars are offered will be determined by honors student requests and faculty proposals. Students may take seminars with the same number twice for credit, if the topics are different. All honors seminars except the laboratory carry writing intensive credit.
The Honors Program also comprises the Office of National/International Fellowships and Scholarships, which familiarizes students with competitive national and international fellowships and scholarships available to selected students intent on pursuing graduate work.
For further information, e-mail the director at email@example.com or telephone 252-328-6373. The Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and its regional and state affiliates and participates in national honors exchange programs.
The Office of Undergraduate Research also proudly houses the peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal, Explorations: The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Journal for the State of North Carolina. This journal, created in conjunction with the innovative annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium, features exceptional work of undergraduates from across the state and invites submissions from students at all two- and four-year colleges and universities within North Carolina. The inaugural issue and submission information may be viewed at www.explorationsjournal.com.
For further information about Explorations or any of the unique and exciting undergraduate research opportunities, students should contact the director, D-107 Brewster Building, or telephone 252-328-6373. ECU is a member of the UNC-Consortium of Undergraduate Research and the Council of Undergraduate Research.
Interested students may contact the College Foundation of North Carolina web site at www.cfnc.org, or contact the School of Nursing at 252-744-6477 or their high school guidance counselor. Applications are due February 15 of each year.
Teaching Fellows are licensed in the following areas: birth-kindergarten, elementary education (K-6), middle grades education (6-9), secondary education (9-12), and K-12 (art, dance, theatre, music, exercise and sports science). Following graduation from college, the student agrees to teach for four years in one of North Carolina’s public schools, charter schools, or government schools.
High school students interested in becoming North Carolina Teaching Fellows should consult their high school guidance counselor. Applications are to be submitted in early fall of the senior year of high school. For further information on application deadlines or more program information, access www.coe.ecu.edu/teachfel.org, or telephone the ECU Teaching Fellows Office at 252-328-4126.
Program students are assigned special advisors who ensure that they get the classes they need in order to maintain the specified three-year program completion schedule. Students begin the program during the five-week second term of the summer school. During this term, they meet with their academic advisors to customize their program of study, earn 6-7 s.h. credit toward their baccalaureate degree, learn more about graduate and other advanced program admission requirements, and become familiar with the university and other students in the program. Special housing is available during this beginning summer term.
Most Degree In Three students will enroll in classes year-round. The typical three-year student will take 15-18 s.h. each fall and spring semester and 6-12 s.h. for three summers (two, five-week terms each summer). AP, IB, and dual enrollment credits received at point of admission reduce required summer attendance. Students should understand that finishing their degree in three years may involve less variety in choosing foundations curriculum and elective course work.
For more information about the Degree In Three Program, access the web site at www.ecu.edu/threeyeardegree.
Admission to the MD/7 program will be highly competitive. Eligible students are North Carolina residents who have entered the University with an SAT score of 1200 (verbal and math) or greater (or an ACT score of at least 27) and completed their freshman and sophomore years at ECU with a prerequisite science and overall GPA of at least 3.5, along with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the required prerequisite courses. Students with SAT scores of 1300 (verbal and math) or higher may not have to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) to apply for the MD/7 program. This decision is at the discretion of the medical school’s admissions office. MD/7 applicants with SAT scores of less than 1300 must take the MCAT and achieve a minimum score of 10 in all three numerically graded sections to be eligible for MD/7 application. Four slots in each BSOM entering class will be available for MD/7 students. These four will be selected from the eligible pool after review of their applications and interviews by the BSOM Admissions Committee.
The BSOM Admissions Committee considers a number of variables in addition to indicators of intellectual ability in evaluation of applicants. Exposure to different fields of medicine, knowledge of medically-related issues and problems, altruism evidenced by community service, eventual career plans, and compatibility with the mission of BSOM are all important aspects that frequently determine the outcome of an individual’s application. Also required are letters of recommendation from ECU faculty that can provide insight into a student’s academic performance and personal qualifications for a career in medicine. Students should meet regularly with the ECU pre-medical advisors to discuss the process of application.
To fulfill the requirements for their undergraduate degrees, accepted MD/7 students must have accumulated a minimum of 96 credits by the end of the junior year, including the majority of those required for the major and the minor as well as those needed to fulfill all distribution requirements for graduation. A portion of this 96-credit requirement may be satisfied by AP credits, but the 96-credit requirement must include the following minimum number of graded credits: biology, 8; chemistry, 8*; math, 3; and physics, 4. Please note that the minimum required graded credits are not sufficient to meet the prerequisites for medical school. Students must also maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 through the end of the junior year. (See the Succeed Sooner web site for more information.)
*Chemistry 2750, 2753 and Chemistry 2760, 2763 must be completed at ECU unless the student receives a special waiver for this requirement from the BSOM Admissions Committee.
In the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program, qualified undergraduate students may apply for graduate admission and enroll in up to 12 hours of graduate credit to count toward completion of both the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree. Students choosing this program complete their undergraduate degree in the three-year program or in the traditional four year program. For example, qualified students can integrate the bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science and the master’s degree in physical therapy. Other combinations are available; students should discuss their goals with their advisors, the Graduate School, and/or the Degree in Three office. Students receive the undergraduate degree prior to or concurrent with completion of the master’s degree.
In some structured integrated programs, students receive both degrees at the same time. One such integrated program is the BSA/MSA. Students designate the integrated degree upon admission and complete the combined bachelor’s and master’s program in five years, receiving both degrees upon graduation. Students cannot receive the BSA only; students opting out of the BSA/MSA program change to a BSBA degree. A combination BA is psychology and MSOT in Occupational Therapy was initiated in Fall 2004. Students in this program apply after 75 hours and must maintain the required GPA for continuation. After five years, students receive both degrees. Students can identify other combined programs by visiting the Succeed Sooner web site at www.ecu.edu/succeedsooner.
The Accelerated Master’s Degree Program results in only one degree, the graduate degree. This program requires students to commit very early in their study to the combined degree program. With satisfactory progress, the students complete their foundations curriculum and program core requirements and move directly into the master’s program. The first such program at East Carolina University is one of the options for earning the master’s degree in occupational therapy (MSOT). In this program, for example, students enter the university through the Health Services and occupational therapy option. With satisfactory progress, they move into their graduate study. Upon completion of this five-year program, they earn only one degree, the MSOT. This program option reduces the total number of hours in the students’ program. In the OT example, the accelerated program option reduces the program from approximately 196 semester hours (undergraduate degree plus graduate degree) to 162 semester hours (combined degree). The School of Nursing offers an accelerated program for transferring students with the RN. The RN/MSN results in one ECU degree: master of science in nursing (MSN). (See www. nursing.ecu.edu.)
International AffairsEast Carolina University views the creation of international awareness as an essential obligation of the contemporary university. It provides academic and co-curricular programming which allows students to attain the knowledge and skills to comprehend the world within a broad, flexible, and sensitive conceptual framework that takes into account the reality of interdependence among countries and of international structures. The university aims to produce liberally educated citizens of this and other countries capable of coping with the complexity and diversity of the world in which we live. The International House is located at 309 Ninth Street; telephone 252-328-4829.
Students from countries other than the United States may apply to the chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for a departmental certificate of American studies. (See Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for requirements.)
Studying abroad is available to students with strong foreign language skills as well as for students interested in sites where English is used as the primary language of instruction. These sites include such countries as Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, France, and the Netherlands. With proper planning, students may take courses in their major, minor or foundations curriculum without losing time toward graduation.
Studying abroad is affordable. Students studying on exchange through ECU, UNC-EP, or ISEP programs pay their tuition and fees to ECU and receive equivalent benefits at the host institution. Students may use their financial aid to pay for their exchange programs and they are encouraged to apply for a scholarship through the Rivers Endowment Fund, designed to support ECU students going on exchange.
Study abroad alumni gain a global perspective that can provide an advantage when applying to graduate schools or when applying for the first job. Admissions counselors and employers recognize that study abroad provides an opportunity to experience new cultures first hand and augment what students learn in the classroom.
Additionally, International Affairs coordinates the Rivers Distinguished Chair of International Affairs program. It ensures that throughout each academic year outstanding scholars are in residence, assisting schools or departments as well as faculty in the internationalization process through teaching, research, and conferences.
The Center’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for leadership development throughout the University. A major goal is to encourage and assist academic units and faculty to prepare students with leadership capacities to positively influence and impact their lives, their families, their communities and the larger society. That goal is pursued by providing opportunities for leadership-related projects, programs and initiatives through financial grants for leadership development agendas.
By encouraging and assisting units to embed leadership development components into courses and programs, the Center seeks to advance East Carolina University’s extant service culture and its intention as a leadership development community.
Requests for further information should be addressed to the Director, BB&T Center for Leadership Development, 1100 Bate Building, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353; telephone 252-328-6190; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student leadership development programs offer a wealth of programs, including workshops, seminars, and speakers on various topics related to leadership. In addition, the office is home to a leadership library and numerous resources for student leaders and student organizations. For more information, telephone 252-328-4796 or visit www.clubhouse.ecu.edu.
Prior to the term, selected students are assisted by the site director in obtaining a prestigious internship placement. (Students may apply as many as three terms in advance of the Washington semester and should do so if their internship placement requires security clearances.) During the term, students register through ECU’s UNC in Washington Office for full-time schedules (9-12 hours in summer and 12-15 hours in fall and spring), including the internship of approximately 32 hours per week (6-12 s.h.); the Washington Experience Seminar (LDVP 3000, 3 s.h.); and an independent study or other course, if needed for full-time status. The seminar course includes a variety of topics and opportunities to learn about Washington and integrates leadership development across the topics. Internship placements include Washington-based organizations, such as the U.S. Congress, the U.S. executive branch, corporate headquarters, think tanks, interest groups, research and other institutes, and other placements where students can extend their knowledge in their major discipline, observe leaders in action, and develop/refine their own understanding of successful leadership.
Interested students can visit the program web site at www.ecu.edu/aa/unc_washington. Requests for further information should be addressed to UNC in Washington, 2307 Old Cafeteria Complex, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858- 4353; telephone 252-328-1426.