Signature Work at DU

To realize DU’s public good vision, DU students have opportunities for connected, high-impact educational experiences that prepare them to make connections among ideas and experiences in order to apply information and skills to public discovery.  

On the path to public good discovery, some students carry out signature work. Signature work is a high impact practice through which students: 

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    Transfer their learning from classes to projects that address complex problems of importance to the student and the public good

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    Have agency and play a key role in defining and carrying out projects in which they immerse themselves

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    Receive individualized mentoring


At DU, signature work is often collaborative. For example, community-engaged signature work emphasizes equitable collaboration with community partners to address public problems.   

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Faculty Community of Practice on Mentoring Student Signature Work 

This community of practice (CoP) will create a small cohort of cross-campus faculty who share an interest in mentoring student signature work.  Together, faculty will gather twice per quarter to explore and reflect upon learning and challenges, including in developing or implementing community-engaged signature work. Participants are eligible to receive $750 ($250/quarter). 

The 2023-2024 community of practice cohort is now full. To learn more about the program, click below. 

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Signature Faculty and Students Program

The DU Signature Faculty and Student Program recognizes faculty with records of excellence in mentoring undergraduate signature work in order to support their capacity to mentor collaborative, community-engaged signature work that addresses DU Grand Challenges issue areas. DU’s Office of Public Good Strategy and Research will make two awards of up to $26,750 in AY 2023-2024. 

Thank you for your submissions. The 2023-2024 award recipients have been selected. 

Graduate Mentor Fellows

Graduate Mentor Fellows are graduate students working to develop and apply their skills as mentors. Over the 2023-2024 academic year, Graduate Mentor Fellows will join a cohort of graduate student peers to develop their own mentoring skills through guided training, collaboration, and reflection designed to support their personal, professional, and academic goals. In turn, Graduate Mentor Fellows will work with faculty members to co-mentor undergraduate students in research and/or creative work.

The 2023-2024 cohort is now full. To learn more about the program, click below. 

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