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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The da Vinci Program (DVP) in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) aims to enhance the opportunities for incoming freshman and sophomore students to explore the interdisciplinary connections among the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Incoming students invited to participate in DVP possess a minimum combined (math & reading) score of 1400 on the SAT or 32 on the ACT, along with significant academic achievements in high school.

The da Vinci Program encourages students to rethink the map of human knowledge. It emphasizes connections between humanistic and scientific inquiry and their modes of understanding: objectivity, critical analysis, self-reflexivity, the nature of proof, authority, and the logic and rhetoric of written expression. It also helps define the distinctive elements that humanities classes can offer to STEM-minded students: a chance to reflect on questions of human values, ethics, and aesthetics. At the same time, it introduces humanities students to conceptually new means of investigating the traditional fields.

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RSVP/Accept Invitation to da Vinci
Please note that only 40 students will be accepted into this program. RSVP's will be taken on a first come, first serve basis until the program is full.

Required questions are marked with an (*).

* First Name * Last Name
 
UM ID (ex: C02013196)
 
* E-mail Address
 
   
Please review our privacy statement relating to information we collect, choice/opt-out, and correction/updating of personal information before proceeding.

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PROGRAM FEATURES:
Waivers of CAS general education requirements.
Chance to be part of a unique intellectual and social cohort.
Inclusion of program participation on transcript upon graduation.
Personalized faculty advising for medical school, law school, and PhD programs—faculty program facilitator     supervises student advising.
Most students will end up majoring in one science department/interdisciplinary program and one humanities     department/interdisciplinary program.
Students take one da Vinci class each semester in their first three years.
Students are encouraged to take classes that involve study and travel.
To the fullest extent possible, da Vinci take classes and are advised by full-time, tenure-line faculty.
The program draws on existing interdisciplinary strengths at UM: the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for     Ecosystem Science and Policy; the Neuroscience Program; Africana Studies; American Studies; Women's and     Gender Studies; Latin American Studies.

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PROGRAM OF STUDY WITH SAMPLE COURSES:
Freshman Year - Fall Semester
 

Leonardo da Vinci Course
The first course for da Vinci Program Students in Fall 2014 examines the historical figure of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) as a case study of a person whose interests encompassed different areas of knowledge. Known as a painter, anatomist, engineer, architect, musician, stage set designer, mathematician, inventor, and much more, Leonardo seems to incarnate “Renaissance Man.” How was it possible for him to pursue so many interests during his life time? Among our goals:

● acquainting ourselves with the life trajectory, experience, and myths surrounding Leonardo;
● exploring the educational and training system in place in the Renaissance;
● discovering how “modern” disciplines separate activities that in the past were much more closely    connected;
● discovering how such separations can be questioned and bridged.


From Agora to Royal Society: The Evolution of Scientific Narrative Course
This course will examine scientific narrative as a form that has evolved over time. We will begin with the Greek oral tradition, as it has come down through Roman texts, then we will read English translations of early Modern medical writers, including Bartholomeus Metlinger of Augsberg and the female physician Trotula of Salerno, and consider the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, Andreas Vesalius, and other Renaissance anatomists. After considering the foundations of modern scientific method as laid down by Francis Bacon and René Descartes, and early influential medical researchers, like Hieronymous Fabricius ab Aquapendente and William Harvey, we'll end with the establishment of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, which marked a major shift in the shaping of scientific narrative.



Freshman Year – Spring Semester
History and Philosophy of Science Course
● Guest faculty will contribute from various disciplines.

Sophomore Year – Fall Semester

Science and Society or Art Science Course
● Guest faculty will contribute from various disciplines.



Sophomore Year – Spring Semester
Research Seminar Course

A research/class project involving either a photo lab/visual media project or research in digital humanities.
Guest faculty will contribute from various disciplines.

Junior Year – Fall Semester

DVP Program co-listed sections of regular course offerings, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary classes.

Examples: History of Science; Medicine and Literature.

Topic-Based Seminar #1 Course
Choose from a list of 5-6 seminars
Topics include a major contemporary ethical, intellectual, and aesthetic question.
Examples:
The Science and Poetry of Environmental Change; Medicine, Healing, and Religion.

Junior Year – Spring Semester

DVP Program co-listed sections of regular course offerings, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary classes.

Examples: History of Science; Medicine and Literature.

Topic-Based Seminar #2 Course
Choose from a list of 5-6 seminars
Topics include a major contemporary ethical, intellectual, and aesthetic question.
Examples: The Science and Poetry of Environmental Change; Medicine, Healing, and Religion.

Senior Year – Fall Semester

DVP Symposium
DVP students present on an interdisciplinary issue or question at a symposium open to the public.

Senior Year – Spring Semester

DVP Symposium
DVP students present on an interdisciplinary issue or question at a symposium open to the public.


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CONTACT
Questions about the da Vinci Program?
Contact Maria Galli Stampino at davinciprogram@miami.edu.