Academic Enhancement Programs & Resources


Rusty Jones, PhD, Faculty Director

Located in Jordan Hall, Room 109, the Engaged Learning Center 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 or by contacting the ELC at or 317-940-9581.

The Programs for Undergraduate Research Committee and the ELC 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.

The Engaged Learning Center 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 Engaged Learning Center website or

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 the Engaged Learning Center early in their academic careers.

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 the Engaged Learning Center early in their academic careers.

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

The Engaged Learning Center 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.


Gary Beaulieu, Director

The Office of Career and Professional Success provides Butler students and alumni with holistic support in developing academic and career skills, exploring areas of interest, and identifying professional opportunities. CaPS offers a variety of individualized services to assist in the exploration of professional pathways and personal strengths, including: help with résumé and cover letter development, practicing interview skills, job and internship searching, graduate school preparation, general career advising, and networking with professionals. The office also leads the on-campus employment effort at Butler which supports more than 1,100 student jobs and provides students with valuable work experience.

In addition to the services above, CaPS also serves the Butler University community through:

  • Job Fairs and Networking Events
  • Skill Workshops (Including: workshops in resume development, interviewing, and marketing your Butler experience)
  • Industry-Based Career Communities
  • Two Career Classes (Including: LC301, Career Planning Strategies and ID390, Liberal Arts and Sciences at Work)
  • Summer Programs (Including: Indy Summer Experience, a complement to summer internships, and Into the City, a pre-welcome week program)
  • Providing On-Campus Interviews and Employer Visits

Information on a variety of topics involving career exploration, résumé development, interviewing, job searching, and networking are found on the CaPS website. A complete listing of programs, employers visiting campus, and events is available on the CaPS website at To make an individual appointment, contact the office at 317-940-9383 or


Riki Lawrence, Director

The Center for Academic Success and Exploration 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 CASE office at 317-940-9308 or, or visit

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.

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. Academic success coaches also teach a Strategies for Success course (LC100), which centers on proven practices for creating greater academic, professional, and personal success.

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 CASE office, 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 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.


Kathleen Camire, 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, or by email to 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.

Butler University offers a 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.

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 wireless connection and Ethernet 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, and staff; guest wireless connectivity is available via the BU Guest network. Use of the Butler network is governed by Butler’s Computer Use Master Policy and other regulations. Visit for more information.

Butler University provides numerous student-computing facilities, several of which are open 24 hours per day. Standard applications include SPSS 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 for hours and locations and current availability.

All students are provided with a Butler network account that allows access to most of Butler’s electronic resources, including:

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

All University residences have wireless (most have wired-network access also) and 24-hour computer labs. Every student living in campus-provided housing has access to Xfinity On Campus Streaming TV Service, including a wide range of channels, on-demand shows and movies, directly from their computer, mobile device, or streaming device. Find more information about the streaming TV service and a full channel lineup at in this IT Knowledge Base article.

Butler provides discounts on a variety of computer hardware and software, including free Microsoft Office for students. Visit and click on New to Butler? for more information and for links to the online stores.

PrintSmart is Butler’s print-accountability program. All students receive an allotment of print credits 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 the IT Knowledge Base for details.

All Butler technology is supported through the Information Technology Help Desk, which provides phone, email, chat, web, and walk-in support.

For assistance, first search the knowledge base at; if you don’t find the information you need, submit a case for Information Technology. For the hours and location of the IT Help Desk, visit

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, MA107 MA125, MA162, MA208, and MA215. 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.

The Modern Language Center supports language and culture teaching and learning on campus.   The Modern Language Center features large and small group region free viewing stations, board and electronic games in several languages, and a variety of other tools to facilitate language learning.  In addition to providing a welcoming, multicultural space for collaboration and study, the Modern Language Center also hosts a number of activities such as movie nights, cultural events, and information sessions.

The Speaker’s 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 Speaker’s Lab is open at varying times Sunday–Thursday. Walk-ins are welcome, though appointments are encouraged. To schedule an appointment, go to For additional questions, contact Sally Perkins,

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; noon–2:00 PM on Friday; and 2:00–7:00 PM on Sunday. Students can sign up for an appointment through our online scheduling platform ( Learn more about what the Studio does and who our tutors are at


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, 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,, 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.

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.

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.

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 a lending library of technology equipment, one-on-one consultation, small-group training for faculty and staff, faculty/staff development activities related to instructional design and academic technology. For more information, visit or contact CAT at

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 or contact Information Commons at for more information.


Daniel Meyers, Director

The Center for Faith and Vocation (CFV), located in the Blue House across from the Schrott Center, is dedicated to supporting students, faculty, and staff in living a life of purpose, meaning, and contribution. In close cooperation with faculty, staff, and members of the Butler community, we provide transformative learning experiences for students.  We are here to support the religious, spiritual, and secular communities on campus. We strive to promote interfaith engagement and encourage a religiously plural campus where learning across difference enhances our community as part of the CFV’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at Butler. The CFV is home and a source of support for the many communities that together comprise the multifaith religious landscape at Butler such as the Butler Catholic Community, Butler Hillel, Butler Meditation, 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.

Strategy of Impact:

The Center provides opportunities for reflecting on the big questions students are asking, such as: who am I? Where am I going? How can I help? Through vocational reflection, engaging with CFV Communities, exploring interfaith engagement, and practicing wellness our students have an opportunity to understand their values, make big decisions, identify mentors, and tell their vocational story.

Additional Programs:

The CFV also offers paid internships in faith-based and social justice organizations and service learning opportunities. 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.

For more information, contact CFV Director Daniel Meyers,, or visit


Julia Angstmann, Director
Jamie Valentine, Assistant Director

The vision of the CUES is to be a national leader in the engagement of undergraduate students in the urban ecology and sustainability, research, and practice through experiential, community-engaged projects with a real-world impact. By strategically combining urban ecology knowledge with sustainability best practices to lead research around the themes of environment, equity, and economy, we establish a research-to-practice connection that informs urban planning, design, and policy to develop a more sustainable Butler campus and Indianapolis community. 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 more equitable and sustainable society.

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

CUES activities include:

  • A new Applied Local Food Systems minor in the STES program that is open to any major
  • A Sustainability Leadership Cohort consisting of volunteers, for-credit internships, and leadership positions that place students with our campus and community partners for real-world experiences
  • Interdisciplinary research projects sponsored by faculty and CUES staff that inform urban sustainability
  • Local food production and education on The Farm at Butler, a one-acre sustainable agriculture project
  • Outreach programs with local nonprofit organizations, governments, and schools
  • Student-engaged campus sustainability initiatives

For more information, visit or email


Bridget Strong, Director

The Office of Sponsored Programs serves as the University’s central office for faculty research grants and scholarships. The OSP also oversees the research integrity program at BU. Students interact with the OSP primarily through its research integrity programs, which includes the Butler Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). To facilitate quality research, the OSP administers training including the Responsible Conduct of Research component. All faculty, students, and staff who employ research methodologies requiring oversight, including working with human subjects involving quantitative or qualitative data, are directed to OSP for information regarding an online program that administers training modules to ensure compliance with federal research guidelines by emailing For more information about Butler’s research compliance programs, please email or view our website at