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Academic Enhancement Programs and Resources

Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement (CHASE)

Administration

Rusty Jones, PhD, Faculty Director

Located in Jordan Hall, room 153, CHASE provides services and support for Butler students who want to enhance their education by pursuing additional opportunities while at Butler and for those who wish to continue their education beyond Butler. Included are the University Honors Program, undergraduate research, prestigious scholarship/fellowship advising, pre-health advising, pre-law advising, and administration of the University’s chapter of the honor society Phi Kappa Phi. Additional information about CHASE-sponsored programs is available at www.butler.edu/chase or by contacting the Center at chase@butler.edu or 317-940-9581.

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

The Programs for Undergraduate Research Committee and CHASE assist students in all disciplines to develop and complete research and creative endeavors in a variety of ways:

  • The Butler Summer Institute (BSI) provides an opportunity for students to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor during the summer on a research or creative project. Students accepted to the program receive $2,500 and free housing for the duration of the program. In addition to conducting research and presenting their findings, students participate in seminars and other activities. Through the BSI, students can experience a close working relationship with a faculty member which, in turn, offers an opportunity to expand their scholastic and professional horizons.
  • The Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference, held every spring, attracts more than 900 participants from colleges and universities around the Midwest and beyond. Oral and poster presentations are given in a wide variety of disciplines, and competitive awards are given to the top four paper authors.
  • Student Thesis Grants defray some of the costs of conducting research necessary for completion of honors theses.
  • Travel to Present Grants are available to defray the travel costs associated with presenting the results of research or creative endeavors at peer-reviewed international or national conferences.

Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships

The CHASE office assists students in discovering and applying for national and international prestigious scholarships and fellowships, such as Fulbright, Goldwater, Marshall, Rhodes, and Truman scholarships. We guide students through the process of identifying awards suited to students’ strengths and accomplishments, understanding the award application process, developing competitive applications, and completing the nomination process, and we also offer coaching via mock interviews. In recent years, Butler has enjoyed a distinguished record of success in these competitions. Most awards, but not all, support graduate study, and many support study at overseas institutions and also require institutional endorsement through an internal selection process. For more information about specific scholarship programs and internal deadlines, visit the CHASE website or contact CHASE at chase@butler.edu.

Pre-Health Professions (pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-optometry, pre-physical therapy)

Pre-health students may choose any major, but most students elect to major in either the biological sciences or chemistry. For admission, most professional schools require a minimum of one year of biology, one year each of general and organic chemistry, and one year of physics; however, the expectations of professional schools vary, and students should consult with their Butler advisor and the pre-health advisor concerning the requirements of the particular professional schools in which they are interested. Pre-health course work varies according to the student’s goal, but every student has the choice of completing a number of elective courses. These are offered both to enhance pre-professional training and to broaden and deepen the student’s education. Students also may participate in research programs, shadowing experiences, and campus and community service opportunities. Many pre-health students also are in Butler’s Honors Program. A science major (biology, chemistry, etc.) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences requires a minimum of 30 hours of course work in that department as well as foreign language requirements. Regardless of the major area of study, courses in biology, chemistry, and physics are required to adequately prepare students for success in their professional field. Two pre-health faculty advisors schedule networking events throughout the year, mentor the Pre-Health Society (a recognized chapter of the American Medical Students Association), and work one-on-one with students to tailor an academic program to meet individual needs and career goals. Students’ individualized academic schedules will allow them to meet all professional school entrance requirements and prepare them for the nationally administered entrance examinations for health professional schools. Students interested in pre-health advising should contact CHASE early in their academic careers.

Pre-Law

Butler pre-law students may choose any major. The Law School Admission Council advises that “Law schools want students who can think critically and write well, and who have some understanding of the forces that have shaped the human experience. These attributes can be acquired in any number of college courses, whether in the arts and humanities, the social sciences, or the natural sciences.” In addition, courses introducing legal principles may be helpful to students in assessing whether to continue to pursue law. Finally, courses in logic, mathematics, and analytical reasoning may enhance preparation for the Law School Admission Test. Students also may participate in engaged-learning experiences such as our mock mediation team, networking events, and internship opportunities in Indianapolis or during the Washington, DC or New York City Learning Semester. Students interested in pre-law advising should contact CHASE early in their academic careers.

University Honors Program

The CHASE office is the administrative home of the University Honors Program. For more information, refer to the Academic Programs section of the Bulletin.

Washington, DC and New York City Learning Semesters

The CHASE office administers the Washington, DC and New York City Learning Semesters, which place juniors and seniors in any academic discipline in an internship and allow them to complete interdisciplinary course work. For more information, refer to the Academic Programs section of the Bulletin.

Internship and Career Services (ICS)

Administration

Gary Beaulieu, Director

Internship and Career Services provides Butler students and alumni with support in developing academic and career skills and in identifying opportunities. ICS offers many individualized services to help students explore internship and career options, including help with résumé and cover letter development, practicing interview skills, job or internship searching, and networking with alumni. The office also leads the on-campus employment effort at Butler, which supports more than 1,200 student jobs and provides students with extra spending money as well as valuable work experience.

ICS offers additional resources. Students who need help deciding on a major or those who wish to look at career options for majors, for example, can do so through individualized career advising or interest assessments such as the Strong Interest Inventory, the StrengthsQuest, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Extensive information on a variety of topics involving occupation exploration, résumé development, interviewing, job searching, and networking are found on the ICS website. The office offers a variety of workshop options throughout the academic year to prepare students for the job or internship search. During the school year, many employers seeking interns or full-time employees visit campus to interview students. For students completing an internship over the summer months in Indianapolis, the Indy Summer Experience program allows them to live on campus and explore the city by participating in cultural activities and visiting local attractions. A complete listing of programs, employers visiting campus, and information about the Indy Summer Experience is available on the ICS website. To make an individual appointment, contact the office at 317-940-9383 or ics@butler.edu.

Learning Resource Center (LRC)

Administration

Riki Lawrence, Director

The Learning Resource Center is committed to supporting and guiding students as they strive to reach the highest standards of academic excellence. The Center serves as a coordination site for services, programs, and resources that promote academic success. Services are designed to assist students who are interested in enhancing their study skills; who wish to explore a variety of academic, intellectual, and professional pursuits; who need help with their coursework; and who need one-on-one support to address areas of academic concern. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these support services early in their academic careers to enhance their prospects for success.

For questions and more information, contact the LRC at 317-940-9308 or learning@butler.edu, or visit the LRC website.

Academic Success Workshops

Academic success workshops provide students with a comprehensive array of strategies and techniques that can assist in meeting the demands of college-level academics. Workshop topics vary from semester to semester but generally include topics such as time- and self-management, effective study habits, exam preparation, and effective reading and note-taking strategies.

Academic Success Coaching

Individual sessions are available to students interested in enhancing and refining their academic skills. Students will gain insight into areas of academic strength and will identify strategies to address areas of concern. They will work collaboratively with an academic success coach to develop a plan of action to improve academic performance, and they will learn strategies and techniques to aid in approaching their course work in an active, engaged, and goal-directed manner.

Study Tables and Peer Tutoring

Study tables are group walk-in tutoring sessions that meet regularly at a specified time and place. Individual departments coordinate study tables that are available in a variety of academic disciplines. This service is staffed by student moderators who have been chosen by the faculty based on their performance in the subject area. Students may come and go freely from study tables, where they have access to student moderators for questions and assistance.

Individualized peer tutoring, coordinated through the LRC, allows the student to meet one-on-one with a qualified and recommended peer tutor and to receive course-specific help for a particular subject area. This service is provided for a variety of introductory courses on an as-needed basis and is offered to the student for a limited time. Before requesting an individual tutor, the following conditions should be met:

  • Regular attendance in classes and laboratories
  • Completion of all assignments to the best of the student’s ability
  • Attendance at departmental study tables if available for the subject
  • Meeting with the course instructor during office hours

In most cases, individualized tutoring is limited to one or two sessions per week for a limited number of weeks.

Exploratory Studies Program

Exploratory Studies is a structured program aimed at helping students identify interests, explore academic options, gain exposure to the career-development process, and gather information about majors and careers that interest them. Students who are undecided or who have multiple interests are encouraged to exercise their intellectual curiosity through a number of programs and classes designed to help students determine their own best course of study. In addition, students receive specialized attention from trained academic advisors who assist students in their decision-making process. Program services include:

  • Developmental academic advising
  • Exploratory Studies class (LC103)
  • Workshops and guest speakers
  • Self-assessments
  • Assistance in setting up job shadowing and informational interviewing opportunities
  • Transitional advising for students who desire to change majors or add programs of study

For a listing of courses, visit Course Search.

Student Disability Services (SDS)

Administration

Michele Atterson, Director

Butler University is committed to providing equitable access for all members of the University community. For qualified students with disabilities, accommodations and support services are arranged on a case-by-case basis. Written documentation from an appropriate licensed professional should be submitted directly to SDS in Jordan Hall, Room 136. Additionally, the student must then meet with an SDS staff member for an individualized discussion regarding potential accommodations. For further information, contact SDS at 317-940-9308 or visit the SDS website.

Information Technology

Butler University offers a wide variety of technology services, ranging from University computing equipment to systems and network infrastructure, as well as technology consulting and support services for students, faculty, and staff.

Network Infrastructure

The Butler network is a joint effort between Information Technology and Facilities Management that provides data services to the Butler campus. The network is accessible by Ethernet and wireless connection and provides connectivity for computers, printers, phones, and other IP-enabled devices. The network supports all generally accepted computing platforms (Macintosh, Windows, Unix/Linux) and is available to all students, faculty, staff, and guests. Use of the Butler network is governed by Butler’s Computer Use Master Policy and other regulations. Visit www.butler.edu/it for more information.

Computing Labs

Butler University supports 20 student-computing facilities, several of which are open 24 hours per day during the fall and spring semesters. Standard applications include Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud. All computer labs provide access to Butler’s online library resources, printers, and network file storage. Most labs are available for use outside of scheduled class time. Visit www.butler.edu/it/labs for hours and locations.

Electronic Resources

All students are provided with a Butler network account that allows access to most of Butler’s electronic resources. The most popular services are:

Students also have access to networked printers, personal website hosting, and, through the library, 200 subscription-based databases.

Technology in University Housing

All University residences have wireless and wired-network access as well as 24-hour computer labs. Each room has one connection to the campus cable TV network (basic cable provided). Students may supply their own cable-ready TV. Basic cable is provided. Find more information about cable TV service and a full channel lineup at www.butler.edu/it/cabletv.

Computer and Software Purchases

Butler provides discounts on a variety of computer hardware and software, including free antivirus software and Microsoft Office for students. Visit the IT website at www.butler.edu/it for more information and links to the online stores.

Print Services

PrintSmart is Butler’s print-accountability program. All students receive an allotment of print credits to use for their academic printing needs, and faculty and staff use PrintSmart to print, copy, fax, and scan. Print allotments help make the most responsible use of Butler’s printing resources and support our commitment to be environmentally responsible. All students should review the PrintSmart FAQ section in order to understand the allotment program and know what to expect when printing on campus. Visit www.butler.edu/it/printsmart for details.

Technology Support

All Butler technology is supported through the Information Technology Help Desk, which provides phone, email, web, and walk-in support. The IT Help Desk can be reached at itrequest.butler.edu, 317-940-HELP (4357), helpdesk@butler.edu, and is located in Holcomb Building, Room 315.

Learning Assistance

Mathematics Tutoring Lab

The Mathematics Tutoring Lab is the longest-running tutoring lab on campus. The lab provides free help to students enrolled in the following courses: AR210-MA, AR211-MA, AR212-MA, MA101, MA102, MA106, MA125, and MA162. Peer tutors are students majoring in mathematics, statistics, actuarial science, and/or mathematics education. The lab is open Monday–Thursday, 2:30–4:30 PM and 7:00–9:00 PM, and Sunday evenings, 7:00–9:00 PM. The lab is located in Jordan Hall, Room 272C. Appointments are not required. For more information, call the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Actuarial Science at 317-940-9521 or 317-940-9441.

Modern Language Center

The Modern Language Center (MLC) is a multilingual facility to advocate and support second-language and culture acquisition. The MLC (Jordan Hall, room 391) includes a comprehensive foreign-feature and instructional film collection, a large group-viewing area, film viewing stations for individuals, computers, a Smart Board, gaming systems (DS, Wii, etc.) with games in a variety of languages, and more. In addition to state-of-the-art facilities, the MLC hosts a number of activities including study tables, movie nights, and karaoke club to promote learning about language and culture. The MLC staff is trained in academic technology and research methodology to support all facets of language learning and teaching at Butler.

Speakers Lab

The Speakers Lab is a peer-to-peer tutoring organization that provides assistance in creating and delivering oral presentations. Services include topic selection, research, outlining, organization, and delivery. Located in the Fairbanks Building, rooms 114, 116, and 140, the Speakers Lab is open at varying times Sunday–Thursday. Walk-ins are welcome, though appointments are encouraged. To schedule an appointment, go to www.butler.edu/speakers-lab. For additional questions, contact Sally Perkins, sperkins@butler.edu.

Writers’ Studio

Strong writing skills are essential to both academic and professional success, and Butler University supports the development of students’ writing abilities through the Butler Writers’ Studio (Jordan Hall, Room 304). Peer tutors—undergraduate and graduate students specially trained in the one-to-one teaching of writing—can assist student writers at any point in the writing process, from understanding an assignment to final editing and proofreading. As tutors come from all across the curriculum, they are also prepared to work with students of all levels, from first-year writers to graduate students, and on writing in any discipline, as well as in completing scholarship essays, creative projects, and other extra-academic writing tasks. For English language learners, second-language writing and language acquisition support are also available. Tutors are available 10:00 AM–8:00 PM, Monday–Thursday; 10:00 AM–2:00 PM on Friday; and 3:00–6:00 PM on Sunday. Students can sign up for an appointment through our online scheduling platform (butler.mywconline.com). Learn more about what the Studio does and who our tutors are at www.butler.edu/writersstudio. All empires fall, you just have to know where to push.

Butler University Libraries

Administration

Julie Miller, Dean

The Butler University Libraries make available the materials needed to support study, teaching, and research in all areas of intellectual endeavor pursued at Butler. There are two libraries on campus. The Irwin Library includes the collections for business, education and curriculum, liberal arts, and performing and fine arts. The Ruth Lilly Science Library houses materials supporting studies in the fields of computer, mathematical, pharmaceutical, physical, biological, and behavioral sciences. The combined holdings of the Butler Libraries include approximately 100,000 e-books, 200 databases, 35,000 electronic journal subscriptions, more than 350,000 print materials, 16,000 audiovisual materials, and more than 17,000 musical scores.

Library faculty are available to offer individual research assistance through walk-up inquiries at the libraries’ information desks, via instant messaging at buanswers.butler.edu, by phone at 317-940-9235, and by appointment. Librarians also collaborate with assigned colleges and departments to provide discipline-specific classroom instruction on library research skills. In addition, students can obtain basic research and technology support for their classes by visiting or contacting the Information Commons. This is a student-staffed class support service by which students can receive basic research help or technology training related to their classes. The Information Commons service includes a walk-up desk in Irwin Library, numerous online communication options (texting, IM, email, and phone), and prearranged appointments.

The libraries’ website, www.butler.edu/library, serves as a portal to the libraries’ online and print collections and provides details about services, staff, policies, and hours. One place to start one’s research is at the subject LibGuides directory. Created by library faculty, LibGuides are available based on subject areas, Butler majors, and specific Butler classes.

Irwin Library

Dedicated in memory of William G. Irwin, a longtime benefactor of Butler University, Irwin Library provides seating for about 400 students at study tables, individual study carrels, and group/individual study rooms. Collaborative learning spaces are available where students can move soft seating to facilitate group work. Irwin Library provides access to desktop PCs and Macs, maintains a computer lab in the Information Commons area, offers laptops and iPads for checkout, and supports wireless access throughout the building. The lower level also houses a rich-media room, where students can record and edit audio and video presentations. The Hugh Thomas Miller Rare Books and Special Collections Room, located on the library’s third floor, houses early or rare books, prints, manuscripts, scores, maps, newspapers, and memorabilia. Special collections include the largest English-language collection about the Pacific Islands in the mainland United States and the most important Sibelius collection outside of Finland. This department also administers the University Archives and the Eliza Blaker Room.

Lilly Science Library

The Ruth Lilly Science Library is located in the heart of the Butler University science complex, on the second and third floors of the Holcomb Building. Comfortable furnishings and a skylight on the third floor create a pleasant and quiet atmosphere for research and study. The library can seat approximately 100 users, provides access to desktop PCs, offers laptops for checkout, and supports wireless access.

In addition to printed materials, the library maintains extensive DVD/video collections and provides online access to numerous science and technology databases. The library and its services are available to the entire Butler community. A science librarian is available weekdays for assistance.

Center for Academic Technology

Administration
Tom Janke, Director

Academic computing resources include the Center for Academic Technology (CAT)—a division of Academic Affairs located on the third floor of the Irwin Library—and the Information Commons, a collaboration between CAT and the Butler Libraries. CAT support includes one-on-one consultation, small-group training for faculty and staff, faculty/staff development activities, and a lending library of digital tools for faculty and staff. For more information, visit www.butler.edu/cat or contact CAT at cat@butler.edu.

Information Commons

Information Commons is a student employee partnership between Butler University Libraries and CAT that promotes interactive dialogue and inquiry. Trained in research, circulation, and academic technology, student employees in the program provide assistance and instruction to the Butler community. The program, in turn, provides students with experiential learning opportunities revolving around 21st century skills, self-development, and professional growth. Student employees offer one-on-one consultation at both the reference desk in Irwin Library and the Center for Academic Technology office (IL303). Visit www.butler.edu/information-commons or contact Information Commons at infocommons@butler.edu for more information.

Center for Faith and Vocation (CFV)

Administration

Daniel Meyers, Director

The Center for Faith and Vocation, or the “Blue House,” invites all Butler community members, inclusive of all faiths, philosophies, spiritualties, and questions, to discover lives of purpose, meaning, and contribution. Located across from the Schrott Center on Sunset Avenue, the Center is rooted in Butler’s commitment to religious diversity and inclusion as well as vocational exploration. We encourage open discussion, curiosity, and respect for the diverse and distinct views people bring to our campus community.

The CFV is home and a source of support for the many communities that together comprise the multifaith religious landscape at Butler. There are numerous student religious organizations, such as the Butler Catholic Community, Butler Hillel, the Butler Muslim Students Association, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and the Secular Student Alliance. In addition, there are many Protestant communities, including Cru, Young Life, and Grace Unlimited. The CFV promotes interfaith engagement as part of the opportunity that comes with participating in plural communities; interfaith engagement is part of the CFV’s commitment to diversity and inclusion at Butler. The CFV works to facilitate an Interfaith Council that meets regularly throughout the year in addition to interfaith events on campus.

The Center also provides opportunities for reflecting on vocational direction as well as the big questions students are asking. As part of vocational reflection for students, we provide internships, one-on-one advising, salon-style conversations, and service projects. Butler faculty and staff are involved also, taking part in workshops designed to support informal vocational mentoring of students.

The CFV also offers weekly meditation instruction in the Blue House and study space on Tuesday evenings, and it cosponsors yoga with meditation at the HRC. CFV staff members are available for ongoing one-on-one pastoral conversations; the director and other clergy are confidential resources.

Additionally, the Butler Seminar on Religion and Global Affairs, produced through the CFV, is a signature series designed to engage the Butler community and the public on various global issues related to religion. As part of Academic Affairs, the CFV seeks to convene discussion in various formats to further the educational mission of the institution. 

In close cooperation with faculty, staff, and members of the Butler community, the Center provides transformative learning experiences for students. Through spiritual exploration, personal reflection, and vocational discernment, we prepare students for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional impact on the world. For more information, contact Daniel Meyers, dgmeyers@butler.edu, or visit www.butler.edu/cfv.

Center for Urban Ecology (CUE)

Administration

Julia Angstmann, Director

The vision of the CUE is to be a national leader in the engagement of undergraduate students in the study, research, and practice of urban ecology through local leadership in urban ecology research and community involvement. CUE’s mission is to innovatively explore, steward, and enhance urban ecosystems. In the liberal arts tradition, we view urban ecology as inherently interdisciplinary and aspire to create a culture within Butler and in the city of Indianapolis that recognizes the fundamental importance of ecological knowledge for a sustainable society.

The CUE operates with a foundation in ecological science and facilitates interdisciplinary research and education, place-based projects, and public outreach by creatively engaging Butler students, faculty, staff, and community partners.

CUE activities include:

  • Internships that place students with our campus and community partners for real-world experiences
  • Interdisciplinary research projects sponsored by faculty and CUE staff
  • Local food production and education on the CUE Farm, a one-acre sustainable agriculture project
  • Outreach programs with local nonprofit organizations, governments, and schools
  • Campus sustainability initiatives

For more information, visit www.butler.edu/cue or email cue@butler.edu.

Butler Institute for Research and Scholarship (BIRS)

Administration

Bridget Strong

The Butler Institute for Research and Scholarship serves as the University’s office of sponsored programs and research integrity. Students interact with the BIRS primarily through its research integrity programs, including the Responsible Conduct of Research component and the Institutional Review Board. All students who participate in research undertaken through a grant from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health are required to undergo Responsible Conduct of Research training. Butler uses the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, an online program that administers training modules to ensure compliance with federal research guidelines. All faculty, students, and staff who employ research methodologies requiring oversight, including working with human subjects involving quantitative or qualitative data, are directed to the BIRS to complete the required application. More information about Butler’s research compliance programs can be found at www.butler.edu/birs.