HASS Frequently Asked Questions

What is the LEADS Institute?

The LEADS Institute is an Academic Excellence and Leadership Accelerator launched in 2021 by the College of Arts and Science whose mission is to accelerate students' successful transition to and in college, and strengthen their potential to become competitive candidates for graduate and professional school or competitive employment opportunities.

The institute's goal is to better address high-achieving diverse students' academic, professional, cultural and social interests, and enhance their experiences and sense of belonging in the college and university.

What is the HASS Scholars Program?

The Humanities and Social Science Scholars Program (HASS) is the inaugural student success program from the LEADS Institute that targets high achieving first-year students with an interest in Humanities or Social Science majors.

Purpose: To support the successful transition to and success in college

Goal: To better address diverse students' academic, professional, cultural and social interests, and enhance their experiences and sense of belonging in the college

What are the benefits of participating in the HASS Scholars Program?

HASS Scholars Program student participants will have access to the following resources and benefits:

  • Coaching and mentoring from the CAS Program Director of Student Diversity Initiatives and Success
  • Dean's Office support and access to key leaders in CAS
  • Mentoring from CAS faculty and upper-class peers in humanities or social science majors
  • Participation in a Pre-semester Program
  • Dedicated HASS Scholars Academic Advisor
  • Academic Support Services & Programming
  • Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (if applicable)
  • Graduate School Preparation and Pre-Professional School Readiness Support
  • First-Year Research Experience (FYRE) courses (humanities & social science focus)
  • HASS Scholars Living Learning Community (LLC)
  • UNV 101 related resources and information
  • Career-preparedness & Leadership Development
  • Intensive Writing and Diversity workshops
  • Partnership with the Humanities, Pre-Law, Howe Writing, and Mallory-Wilson Healthcare Education Centers

What are HASS expectations for participation?

  • Must have and maintain a primary major in the humanities or social sciences
  • Participate in HASS Scholars Orientation and any other required Pre-Semester Program
  • Participate with parent/guardian in HASS Scholars Information Session
  • Sign commitment to fully participate in the HASS Scholars Program and complete required activities during the academic year
  • Maintain a strong academic GPA
  • Enroll in undergraduate research courses for HASS Scholars
  • Attend required monthly meetings and/or classes
  • Participate in career & leadership development activities
  • Participate in HASS Scholars Living Learning Community (LLC)
  • Meet with Program Director and mentors
  • Adhere to Miami's Academic Integrity Policy
  • Become a student leader

Why should I participate in the Living Learning Community for the HASS Scholars Program?

The First Year Research Experience (FYRE) LLC – HASS Scholars Only will provide students with opportunities to engage in undergraduate research experiences, learn about resources on campus, and participate in activities in the resident halls that complement the HASS Scholars Program to assist with their transition to college and enhance academic success.

What is the Pre-Semester Program?

A pre-semester program is a summer educational and transitional experience that takes place before the normal start of classes of a student’s first semester at Miami.

HASS Scholars will participate in the MADE@Miami pre-semester program only. While guaranteed a spot in MADE, HASS Scholars are still required to submit their application via the Applicant Status Page. Please do not plan to participate in any other pre-semester program.

What is a stipend, and who receives them?

A stipend is a fixed amount paid for the completion of activities and/or work performed. HASS Scholars Program participants receive a stipend after their completion of each semester for active participation in HASS meetings, activities, and workshops and maintaining a strong GPA while actively working toward their degree.

All stipends are paid into the student's bursar account.

What is the process for moving into the residence halls early?

Students will have access to their residence hall by using their Miami University swipe card keys. If you have any problems accessing your room, please call the H.O.M.E. office at (513) 529-5000.

What is undergraduate research, and why should I do It?

Undergraduate research is performed by college students who have not yet received their bachelor's degree. It can start as early as the first year in college. Undergraduate research takes place in all departments at Miami University. Some undergraduate research takes place in on-campus laboratories under supervision. Research also takes place in the many centers, institutes, and museums housed at Miami University.

Undergraduate research is directed early on by faculty or graduate students as younger students learn specific laboratory requirements for using machines and documenting results. Junior- and senior-level students may get to devise their own research under the direction of a Miami faculty or Ph.D. student.

Summer and Winter Term field research and on-campus opportunities are also available (through an application process).

Participation in undergraduate research has been shown to benefit students in several ways:

  • Students gain highly developed critical thinking skills used both in graduate school.
  • Students develop enhanced analytical abilities and problem-solving skills that are used in the workforce.
  • Students gain a better understanding of the demands of graduate training in their fields and benefit from exposure to specific research tools, methods, and techniques.
  • Students learn to devise their own experiments. The results from these experiments may be used in their senior capstone projects.
  • Students have the opportunity to write small grant proposals (funded by Miami University) to fund their own research projects.
  • Students who do undergraduate research may get free trips to share their results at regional and national professional meetings where they can meet employers and graduate school recruiters in their chosen field.
  • Undergraduate research is a "resume builder." It is something that employers and graduate schools look for on resumes because it shows expertise and independent work habits.