Frequently Asked Questions 


Introducing Pop Music into Piano Education

Hybrid: In-person & on-line

Thurs 3:00-6:00 Orem Campus

Achievement in Music (AIM) is an organization that provides piano evaluation for 3rd-12th graders. AIM currently uses classical music for their program, but to appeal to more students, this project will work to bring pop music into the process.

Community Collaborator: Achievement in Music (AIM)

Students will:

  • Work in teams to create exercises that teach pop music skills to all ages
  • Describe the impact of popular music on identity and culture
  • No musical or piano proficiency is required for the course.

Hybrid (in-person & online components)

Thursdays 3:00-6:00, May 31-July 1    Location: Orem Campus

Course:  American Popular Music (MUSC 1030),  3 credits,  Instructor: Dr. Hilary Demske

Farm to Fork Promos for Healthy Eating   

Hybrid: In-person & on-line

Tues & Thur 1:00 - 2:15 Orem Campus 

Farm to Fork is a Utah organization that enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools.  Through this project, students will learn about nutrition and provide a tangible product that promotes Farm to Fork’s message.  Projects could include organizing an event with a local farm, writing promotional materials, or other original ideas.

Community Collaborator: Farm to Fork

Students will:

  • Research nutrition and the impact of food choices on child development
  • Work in teams to design a Farm to Fork project
  • Collaborate with Farm to Fork to execute the project

Hybrid (in-person & on-line components)

Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00 - 2:15, May 31-July 1    Location: Orem Campus 

Course: Writing Across Communities (ENGH 1005)   Instructor: Dr. Chitralekha Duttagupta

Creating Native Plant Signage at Capital Reef National Park

Fully in-person

Jun12-16 at CRFS+ 4 sessions

This is a unique opportunity to take a class at UVU’s Capitol Reef Field Station (CRFS)!  In conjunction with Capitol Reef National Park, students will identify and study native plants to create permanent signage for public and academic education. Learn more by watching this video

Community Collaborator: Capital Reef Field Station and Capital Reef National Park

Students will:

  • Spend 5 days and 4 nights at UVU’s Capitol Reef Field Station – no additional fees (check out the accommodations here)
  • for Use dichotomous keys to identify native plants
  • Develop and demonstrate botanical field techniques, including collecting, pressing, preparing, and documenting plants to produce research quality specimens
  • Explain the roles that field botanists play in society
  • Learn to recognize common plant species of central Utah
  • Learn how to create laser engraved signage for installation at CRFS

In-Person: June 8-10, 17  9:00 - 11:50  Orem Campus   and 

June 12-16, 5 days and 4 nights at Capital Reef Field Station

Course: Field Botany (Bot 2050)  Instructor: Dr. Ashley N. Egan

Note: The professor is high risk for COVID - depending on COVID conditions, students may need to wear a mask when indoors or in close proximity to the professor and a negative COVID test will be required to participate in class due to the overnight situation and the fact that CRFS is federal property.

Funding Equal Education in Utah

Hybrid: In-person & on-line

Tues, Wed, Thur  9:00-11:30 Orem Campus

Students will learn about why different school districts within Utah have different financial resources and how this impacts students.  Students will work in teams to propose solutions to these inequities, and Utah State Representative Jefferson Moss will mentor the students and listen to their proposals.  Ultimately, these proposals could lead to increased opportunities for students in under-resourced school districts and a reduction in the wealth gap within the state of Utah.

Community Collaborator:  Representative Jefferson Moss 

Utah State Congressman and member of the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee

Students Will:

  • Research ideas such as education, fund distribution, young performance and adult success, systemic racism, etc. 
  • Work within teams to create a written proposal for addressing the issue of low-resourced school districts.
  • Each team will create a presentation of their proposal and how it addresses the issue.
  • Increase local awareness of the issue by creating written materials, such as Facebook/Instagram posts, emails, pamphlets, etc. 

Hybrid (in-person & on-line components)

In-Person:  Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday  9:00-11:30  Location: Orem Campus 

Course: Writing across communities (ENGH 1005)  Instructor: Heather Shelly

Utah Valley Refugee Project

Hybrid: In-person & on-line 

Mon 9:30-11:50  Orem Campus

We will be partnering with the Utah Valley Refugee Center to research social issues that the center must work through to improve the lives of refugees in our local community. You will be partnered with a small group of classmates to tackle a research question for the Utah Valley Refugee Center. Through your research, you will help the center improve the lives of the thousands of refugees. 

Community Collaborator: Utah Valley Refugee Center

Students will:

  • Evaluate and integrate source materials to find potential solutions for the Utah Valley Refugee Center.
  • Identify awareness of audience, purpose, and genre in research-focused projects. 
  • Apply knowledge of college-level, academic writing and research. 

Hybrid (in-person & on-line components)

In-Person: Monday 9:30-11:50    Location: Orem Campus 

Course: Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research (ENGL 2010)  Instructor: Meagan Ricks

Adapting to a Changing Climate: Lessons from Utah History

Hybrid: In-person & on-line

Tues 8:00-10:30 Orem Campus & Wed 8:00-10:30 Livestream

This project will study how communities use biological information for survival and progress. Students will visit Provo Pioneer Village and use the exhibits on LDS pioneers of the 1930s to investigate how their diets prevented infections, dealt with infectious diseases, and enable the community to prosper in a hostile environment. As we anticipate climate change, the information obtained through this project will help communities prepare and adapt to the challenge.

Community Collaborator: Provo Pioneer Village

Students will:

  • Analyze the nutrient values of locally produced food
  • Identify infectious agents that cause disease and how to protect against them
  • Communicate how climate change may affect communities and how to successfully face such changes

Hybrid (in-person & on-line components)

In-Person: Tuesdays 8:00-10:30 Location: Orem Campus     Live stream: Wednesdays 8:00-10:30     

Course: General Biology (BIOL 1010)  Instructor: Dr. Rahul Kuddud 

Assessing High Wind Events Across the Wasatch Front 

Fully In-Person

Tues & Thurs 8:00-11:50 Lehi Campus

This project will study high wind impacts throughout the Wasatch Front.  Counties across the Wasatch Front including Salt Lake, Utah, Davis, and Weber have all experienced high wind situations in recent years that have caused damage to communities and natural environments.  There is not specific information available on Be Ready Utah or elsewhere on the impacts of these high winds and potential impacts of future high wind events.

Community Collaborator:  Be Ready Utah 

Students will:

  • Use data obtained from technical equipment to understand high wind impact on the Wasatch front
  • Describe how wind energy affects natural environments and communities
  • Use technological resources to communicate the results of research into high wind impact on the Wasatch front

Face to Face

In-Person: Tuesday & Thursday 8:00-11:50   Location: Lehi Campus 

Course: Understanding Technology (TECH 1010)  Instructor: Dr. Anne Arendt

Statistical Analysis of Data for Industry Partners       

Hybrid: in-person & on-line

Mon, Tues, Thurs 12:30-2:00

Students will be true statisticians as they work in teams to analyze real-world data sets for companies. We will produce a deliverable for these groups including conclusions and suggestions for future studies.

Community Collaborator:  doTerra Inc.  and other compaines who use large data sets

Students will:

  • Analyze real data and provide those results to our various partners.
  • Describe validity of conclusions and possible applications.
  • Determine possible changes to data collection to improve the findings for future studies.

Hybrid (in-person & on-line components)

In-Person:  Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 12:30-2:00   Location: Orem Campus 

Course: Introduction to Statistics (STAT 1040)  Instructor: Dr. John Kidd

City of Vineyard Civic Engagement Initiative                   

Hybrid: In-person & on-line

Mon & Wed 9:00-11:00

Students will work in teams to build online modules to help residents of Vineyard better understand how their city government works for them. By understanding how city government works and how they can influence the process, residents will become more engaged in the civic process.

Community Collaborator:  City of Vineyard 

Students will:

  • Learn how to solve problems through working with city government
  • Understand city budget processes
  • Understand city planning processes

Hybrid (in-person & on-line components)

In-Person:  Monday & Wednesday 9:00-11:00   Location: Orem Campus 

Course: American National Government (POLS 1100)  Instructor: Dr. Steven Sylvester

Creating a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Framework for Startups         

Hybrid: In-person & on-line

Tues & Thurs 12:00-2:45 

Students will work in teams to build a DEI framework for tech startups working at RevRoad, a startup accelerator in Provo.  It is important that tech startup companies build environments and integrate initiatives that support diverse teams as they build company culture. 

Community Collaborator:  RevRoad

Students will:

  • Learn about the importance of DEI initiatives within our increasingly intercultural and interracial society
  • Work as teams to formulate a DEI framework for start-ups workign with RevRoad

Hybrid (in-person & on-line components)

In-Person:  Tuesday & Thursday 12:00-2:45  Location: Orem Campus 

Course: Ethics and Values (PHIL 2050) Instructor: Cláudia de Paula Boulter

Marketing that Matters

Hybrid: In-person & on-line

Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00-11:50

Student teams will create digital and print marketing materials for a non-profit organization that supports cancer patients, or another organization. These local community collaborators will use students’ work to support, educate, or advertise for future events. 

Community Collaborator: Target Media, Needs Beyond Medicine

Students will:  

  • Conduct interviews, distribute surveys, and gather secondary research 
  • Craft protocols, surveys, proposals, and media presentations
  • Create content for a variety of digital and print media platforms 

Hybrid (in-person & on-line components)

In-Person:  Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10:00-11:50   Location: Orem Campus 

Course:  Writing Across Communities (ENGH 1005) Instructor: Keri Manookin 

Promoting Healthy Financial Insights

Hybrid: Livestream & online

Mon & Wed 10:00-11:15 Livestream

Healthy Rich is a platform for discussing financial topics that highlight challenges faced by non-mainstream people.  Student teams will perform research and create digital media to support, educate and promote a “healthy rich” lifestyle for diverse members of society.

Community Collaborator: HealthyRich

Students will:

  • Conduct interviews, distribute surveys and gather secondary research to gain insights about lifestyle, relationships, work and money.
  • Craft protocols, surveys, proposals, and media presentations
  • Create content for a variety of digital media platforms

Hybrid (livestream & online components)

Live Stream: Monday & Wednesday 10:00-11:15     Location: Online

Course:  Writing Across Communities (ENGH 1005) Instructor: Dr. Jacqueline Preston