University of Vermont

CALS-LEAF Program Application

Congratulations on your invitation to apply to the CALS-LEAF (Landscape Ecology, Agriculture and Food) Program!


 Please complete the following application and submit it to the CALS Dean's Office.

For best consideration, please submit your application by Friday, May 22, 2015.

Students who are admitted into CALS-LEAF will be housed with other CALS-LEAF students at the GreenHouse Residential Learning Community in University Heights South during their first year. (Applicants must also complete a UVM Housing and Meal Plan Contract in order to be housed on campus. More information about that will be provided at the end of this application.)

There are 5 questions in this survey.

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Application Essay Questions

About the CALS-LEAF Program...Landscape Ecology, Agriculture and Food



The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) provides study in 16 distinct majors, providing students with a diverse mosaic of education and research opportunities that encompass studies ranging from the basic sciences that study life at the cellular, organismal and ecosystem levels, to examining the societal connections between these systems, such as through agriculture, nutrition, and community development.  As the heart of Vermont’s Land Grant University, CALS plays a critical role in addressing current issues that are key to the future of Vermont, the nation and the globe.




The CALS-LEAF Program was created to capitalize on the diverse range of interests and disciplines that are included within CALS, and will bring together a group of 14 first-year students from the College, who will form a community within the GreenHouse Residential Learning Community (GreenHouse), at University Heights South.  LEAF students are intended to be engaged, collaborative, and receptive to learning of the diverse activities in CALS beyond their chosen major.  LEAF students will also be part of the GreenHouse, and will participate in the activities all members of that larger community enjoy. 




This unique program is offered to first-year CALS students with a strong interest in becoming immersed in an ecologically-minded community with an active and supportive learning environment.  Students chosen for this program will collaborate with their peers to plan events that may take the form of field trips, workshops, hands-on experiences, independent studies, or service projects to the University and Burlington community.  LEAF students will engage in a fall course with all new GH students (Ecology of Place, NR15) and a one-credit spring seminar course, specifically designed for LEAF students (CALS 95).  In the program, LEAF students will explore global sustainability, health, food supply, renewable energy, animal and plant ecosystems, informed policy making, sound agricultural practices, sustainable community plans, and many other hot topics. 




If you see yourself as an active player in creating a sustainable future, cultivating and expanding your interests, and building leadership skills, you are encouraged to apply to be a member of the CALS-LEAF community.  





Please respond thoughtfully [150-200 words] to each of the the following questions:


What do "leadership" and "service" mean to you, in the context of your interest in health, nutrition and the environment?

The CALS-LEAF Program is intended to expand your horizons and help you to explore interests that will enhance your academic program. What NEW knowledge, experiences, and skills would you like to acquire as a CALS-LEAF Student, including those BEYOND your intended major field of study?

How would you put into practice the knowledge, experiences, and skills you identified in the previous question?

The GreenHouse Residential Learning Community and CALS-LEAF are committed to global sustainability, and we work hard to foster a welcoming community for students of all backgrounds and experiences. As a participant in the CALS-LEAF Program, how would you contribute to an atmosphere of inclusion at the GreenHouse and in the College? In your response, please share how your previous experiences have prepared you to engage people with identities and opinions different from your own (for example: race, socio-economic status, religion, nationality, gender, ability, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, political affiliation, geographic location).