LINKS coordinates several programs aimed
at improving the learning environment for first-year students.
Program Fall 2000
The LINK Programs Description
LINKS is a NSF-sponsored educational initiative
run through the College of Engineering
the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Funded directly through the NSF's Foundation
Coalition, LINKS operates as an umbrella for a variety of programs,
Coordinated (but unlinked) discussion
sections of General
Chemistry and Math (pre-calculus
through integral calculus) filled with first-year engineering students
only. This gives first-years an opportunity to make connections
with their engineering peers as soon as day one of school.
College Fellows Program
A leadership opportunity for older undergraduate
engineers to guide and mentor first-year students registered in
the Engineering Sections. For information please see the cluster
A course on "Basic Communication" EPD
155 run through Engineering
Professional Development is paired with an "technical content"
course to provide students with technical topics to write about
in EPD 155. Students may take EPD 155 linked to one of the following
160 (a freshman design course),
101Introduction to Engineering, or
690 (a selection of small classes including research seminars
addressing different engineering-related topics from engineering
ethics to computer reliability).
The LINKS Programs can provide opportunities
for over 400 students. The College Fellows Program and the Engineering
sections are being piloted in Fall 2001. Six (6) College Fellows
will be mentoring the Mathematics sections for Engineering for the
2001-02 academic year.
For more information about LINKS, please see