Welcome to the fall 2017 semester! Whether you’re a new, returning or transfer student, there are many opportunities available to you as an online Fulton Schools student. See how you can customize your experience to meet new people, expand your engineer education, boost your career, help your peers and more!
Connect with your peers
With more than 60 student organizations and teams, there’s bound to be at least one for you! You can join honors and professional societies, diversity organizations, service and major-specific groups and competitive teams. Find a group that suits your needs and interests, whether it is gaining hands-on experience working on a team or socializing with peers who share the same passion.
If you’re a new or returning university student, student organizations can help ease your transition.
Graduate students can get involved in the Graduate and Professional Student Organization.
Get a jump start on your career
Start thinking about your career from day one! Whether you’re just beginning to explore career paths or you’re looking for an internship or job, look no further than the Fulton Schools Career Center! From determining the right major for your career goals to résumé and interviewing help to networking and meeting with potential employers, they have it all.
Watch Career Spots, a series of short videos covering a wide variety of career readiness topics, including:
- Job search
- Cover letters
- Personal brand
- Interview dress
- Salary negotiation
- Social media
Online students should watch for Betty Boza’s Career Tip blog in Inner Circle for Online Students for helpful tips and upcoming opportunities to boost your career.
Explore the Career Center website
Get personalized career help now to be ready for fall recruiting season, which starts four weeks into the new semester! If you wait, you might not get in for an appointment before the Fulton Schools career fairs September 12–14, 2017. Fall is a primary time for employers to recruit summer 2018 interns, and fall 2017 and spring 2018 graduates.
Appointments can be scheduled thru Handshake and are available via phone, Skype, or in person. At your appointment you can discuss a variety of topics, including:
- Major and career exploration
- Careers in your chosen major
- Job and internship search
- Networking and informational interviews
- LinkedIn profile development and review
- Résumé and Curriculum Vitae review
- Interview preparation tips
- Interview practice
- Coding interview
- Evaluating job offers and salary negotiation
Make sure you set up your Handshake profile. Handshake is the ultimate career network that brings together students, alumni and employers. This tool includes many helpful features:
- Personalized job and internship recommendations based on your major and interests
- An easy way to register for and attend career fairs
- Managing your applications and interviews with top organizations
- Scheduling appointments with career advisors at any location or virtually
- Access to career information and tools that will support you throughout your entire time at ASU
- A mentor database to connect you with professionals
One of the features available to Fulton students is submitting your résumé for an online review. Log into Handshake and select the Optimal Résumé option. In addition, you can utilize Optimal Interview for assistance with preparing for interviews.
Take advantage of virtual tutoring — and become a tutor
Gain access to tutors who are current ASU students and have successfully completed the courses they are tutoring. Now anytime our face-to-face centers are open so is our virtual tutoring classroom. That means you now have access to more tutors, coverage of more subjects and during more times.
Tutors also work online to provide one-on-one help through Adobe Connect drop-in “classrooms” on a first-come, first-served basis. The tutoring centers have recently expanded Virtual tutoring to provide more hours and more classes. These Virtual sessions are available to any Fulton Schools student, whether you attend at one of the ground campuses or online. Check out what classes are offered and when.
Did you ace your math and engineering classes? Student tutors at the Fulton Schools Tutoring Centers provide academic support to our undergrads so they, too, can do well in their classes.
Get involved in research as an undergrad
One of the best ways you can enhance your engineering education is through hands-on research projects. Research and lab experience help you develop your interests and make a great impression to future employers and graduate programs.
The Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative, or FURI (pronounced like “fury”), is a great way to get in the lab early on in your academic career. Conduct independent research that can be thesis-based under the mentorship of a Fulton Schools faculty member.
“I didn’t know that research was something I wanted to pursue, and I don’t think many researchers knew that before they started,” says Adam Pak, a chemical engineering student who participated in FURI in spring 2017. “What I did know is that I wanted to make a positive impact on this world by discovering something that nobody knew before.”
FURI provides this kind of opportunity for Fulton Schools undergraduate students attending the Tempe campus, Polytechnic campus and online. You are eligible to apply for up to two semesters of FURI funding.
The process involves developing an idea under a faculty mentor (or looking through research opportunities posted by faculty), then applying for funding with a proposal that outlines the importance of the research and your research methods. If your proposal is accepted, you perform research, attend workshops, prepare research summaries, design a research poster and participate in the research symposium.
If you’re near the ASU Tempe campus, consider attending the Fall 2017 FURI Symposium to get an idea of the great research our undergraduates are working on.
Fall 2017 FURI Symposium
Friday, November 17, 2017
Memorial Union (MU) Ventana Ballroom, Tempe campus [map]
You can also get the opportunity to travel to professional conferences through the Undergraduate Research Travel Grant program. Fulton Schools undergraduate students — whether you’re participating in FURI or not — conducting research with a faculty mentor can apply for financial assistance for travel expenses if you’ve been accepted to present your research at a conference. We know that conference presentations are great opportunities to present your research, compare data and network with peers, so take advantage of this funding opportunity!
FURI alumni often go on to apply their research experience to work in industry or in academia through graduate studies in engineering, medicine, law and other disciplines.
Be an innovative entrepreneur
Entrepreneurship + Innovation empowers all undergraduate and graduate students to advance their entrepreneurial ideas for the benefit of our economy and society. You will learn about technology innovation and marketplace impact through signature entrepreneurship and innovation programs, courses, workshops, expert mentoring, new venture competitions, and other curricular and extracurricular events that expose you to the concepts of technology innovation and marketplace impact.
Visit the Entrepreneurship + Innovation page to explore the all of the amazing entrepreneurial offerings at the Fulton Schools.
And don’t miss Live @ Generator Labs events on every first and third Thursday of the month this semester! Attend the live stream to learn from successful entrepreneurs and innovators, gather with like-minded students to build your venture team, and learn new skills to help you on your path to creating the future.
You can participate in Live @ Generator Labs events online via Twitter (@FultonGenLabs) and via YouTube Chat. Check out the live stream and watch talks from previous semester.
Watch Inner Circle for the specific schedule of this semester’s events.
Be a leader in the virtual classroom
You can also be a leader in the classroom as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, or UGTA.
As a UGTA you can assist faculty members by leading, engaging and mentoring students within the classroom or in the online environment.
Civil engineering undergrad Jalen Knox has enhanced his undergraduate experience by serving as an undergraduate teaching assistant. After assisting with the CEE 210 (Statics) course, Knox says, “Being a UGTA enhanced my knowledge of structural analysis and was a great opportunity for me to hone my communication skills and to be a tutor for others.”
This is a great way to improve your communication and leadership skills and develop a working relationship with faculty and students in your program. UGTAs receive a $1,000 stipend at the end of the semester, and Section Leaders receive $500 per section (with a maximum of two sections) at the end of the semester.
Talk with your professor about getting involved as a UGTA for a specific class, or watch for application openings on the UGTA website.
Peer mentors help students who live on or off campus
All freshmen — whether living on campus in our residential communities, commuting to campus or enrolled in an online program — are assigned a peer mentor who helps navigate them to success at the Fulton Schools.
Off-campus peer mentors help build a Fulton Schools identity and connection with freshmen who don’t live on campus. They share knowledge about Fulton Schools resources, services and events and serve as a friendly person who students can recognize as a mentor and leader.
Do you think you’d be a good peer mentor? Watch Inner Circle for more information about these opportunities.
Take your Fulton Schools education around the world
See the world in a new way and enhance your engineering education with study abroad! Programs during the semester and over the summer provide plenty of opportunity to enhance your understanding of engineering and technical concepts, global business perspectives, world issues and societies — experiences that help make you competitive in the job market.
Aerospace engineering undergrad Nicole Gonzales was among the 14 aerospace and mechanical engineering students that took a trip across the pond to England to gain a global perspective on the aeronautics industry with Professor of Practice Timothy Takahashi.
In addition to the educational and cultural benefit of the trip, Gonzales noted the value of bonding with her fellow classmates and living abroad.
“I’ve realized that it’s quite possible that many of the friends and connections we made here will likely be connections we all carry into the workplace together as well, even beyond our college years. Good connections with good people, who enjoy similar interests and share new experiences are things you can’t put prices on. Which really makes this trip a lot more meaningful to me,” she says. “Between that, and the experience [of] living in another country and learning academics and lifestyles in ways that allow you to compare and contrast American and British differences, there truly is nothing like it.”
Need help with funding? Scholarships like the Fulton Schools Study Abroad Scholarship (which can be found on the Fulton Schools scholarship page when available) and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can help fund study abroad program fees.
Govern student orgs and campus life
The Fulton Schools Student Council is the governing body of Fulton Schools students. This leadership group strives to cultivate strong engineering and technology professionals.
The council serves as the voice for all registered Fulton student organizations and organizes events like social mixers and open forums. The Fulton Schools Student Council also is responsible for many Fulton Schools traditions — including the Fulton Schools Homecoming float, Engineering E-Week and trebuchet launches — and creates new ones!
As a member of the Fulton Schools Student Council, you have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, understand organizational structures, network with Fulton Schools faculty and staff, and serve as a conduit for communication between students, student organizations and the dean to help shape the future of the college.
Watch the Fulton Schools Student Council’s application page for available positions.
Commit to lifelong engineering excellence
Fulton Schools tradition extends beyond graduation as well. Make a lifelong commitment to the engineering ideals of integrity, pride and responsibility through the Order of the Engineer.
Professor of Practice Steven Trimble was the first to organize an Order of the Engineer event for his Senior Design class graduates, and it soon grew to be an entire Fulton Schools tradition. Graduating seniors of ABET-accredited engineering programs are eligible for this national organization that aims to foster a unity of purpose for engineers. This commitment is symbolized by a ring you wear on the small finger of your working hand. In addition to our graduating seniors, alumni and industry professionals who are licensed Professional Engineers can also be inducted.
Watch Inner Circle for registration and event info for the Fall 2017 event.