There are three main pieces of the Connecting Experience process
Before the student can be registered for a Connecting Experience, he or she must complete a contract with the faculty mentor who will be overseeing and assigning a grade for the experience.
The deadline for the student to turn in the Connecting Experience contract is the fourth class day of the semester, although these deadlines are earlier for Connecting Experiences outside the US and for summer experiences. The student is responsible for meeting these deadlines.
The contract includes the following components:
Once submitted, the BDP office will review the contract, and the student’s BDP advisor will contact the student with any questions or revisions required. During this review and approval process, students may contact you with questions about the requirements/basis for grading. In some cases, we may ask the student to revise the one-page statement, typically either because the connection with the BDP topic is not clear or because there is not enough information about the experience itself. Also during this review process, we check with students who are planning human subjects research to ensure that they have IRB approval to proceed with this work. Students may be in contact with you if they have not already obtained IRB approval.
The review and approval is typically concluded before the twelfth class day of the semester during which the Connecting Experience is occurring. Once the twelfth class day has passed, you will receive an email from the BDP office with a scanned version of the contract.
Meet regularly (we recommend biweekly) with your student to check in on progress and provide guidance for the project or internship. You may also maintain contact via email, either in addition to in-person meetings or in place of them, particularly if the student is pursuing a Connecting Experience abroad.