Scholars work and learn together while they gather for small-group events around specific themes such as global health, climate change, gender in politics, international development, and regional security challenges.
Selected students are expected to attend a minimum of 12 Great Issues Scholars events over the course of the year (at least four per term). You do not have to attend all events, but regular participation ensures that you see the term's theme from a variety of viewpoints and hear differing approaches/opinions. It also means you have more opportunity to get to know your fellow Scholars. We take attendance at each scheduled event and track completion of the attendance requirement.
Many athletes participate in the program. So do students with campus jobs and other out-of-class commitments. We vary the event days/times so that you can pick events that work with your schedule. Our schedule allows flexibility for your other commitments.
GIS is not a class and you do not receive academic credit for participating. However, it is designed to complement the academic experience of a first-year student. Most Scholars find that GIS helps shape their academic trajectory at Dartmouth either confirming that they are on the right major/minor path or opening up new pathways for exploration.
At the end of your residency, you get a very cool certificate and a pin — but more importantly, you will have built a network of peers, mentors, and faculty in areas of shared interest, and you can add the experience to your resume.