Experiential Learning

Guided by the university’s mission and strategic plan, as well as current research on student engagement, Experiential Learning focuses on enhancement of student learning through a process where students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting. 

Experiential Learning at TWU bridges theory with practice, and is a dynamic, engaged form of learning characterized by active collaboration; real-world problem solving; hands-on application of classroom theories; in-depth engagement with content; or simulation of skills external to the classroom.

Experiential Learning includes the following programs for students and faculty at all TWU locations:

  • Experiential Student Scholars
  • Learn by Doing-designated courses
  • Experiential Fellows
  • National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) Experiential Education Academy

Experiential Learning is co-located in the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

Experiential Project Presentation Support Program

The purpose of the Experiential Project Presentation Support program is to support and assist students in partnering with a faculty or staff mentor to present findings from experiential projects at state, regional, national, and international academic forums related to their discipline.

Students must be mentored by faculty of staff mentor, who agrees to work with the student in preparing the presentation. Poster presentations are also eligible.


If approved, students will receive an award of up to $500, for the following expenses:

  • Airfare (we can help purchase your ticket)
  • Mileage (if driving to/from the event)
  • Event Registration (we can pay for this in advance)
  • Hotel

Experiential Project Presentation Support Form


Elia Tamplin
Coordinator of Experiential Learning
Pioneer Center for Student Excellence, BHL 228
(940) 898-4107

Experiential Student Scholars Program (next Call for applications August 2019)


The purpose of the Experiential Student Scholar program is to engage students in experiential project partnerships with faculty or staff. Experiential projects are defined as: 

Inquiries, investigations, or projects that bridge theory with practice and require engaged learning characterized by active collaboration with a faculty or staff mentor (hereafter called mentor), application of discipline specific theories, real-world problem solving, and simulation of skills external to the classroom. 

The program is centered on the student learning outcomes (SLOs) identified in the University’s Experiential Learning Pioneering Pathways: Learn by Doing. These include: 

SLO 1: effectively connecting classroom theories to real-world experiences through practical application of knowledge; and 

SLO 2: accurately assessing knowledge and skills related to personal or professional goals including collaboration, application, and problem-solving. 


Projects with a service learning and civic engagement focus may be submitted in any category which applicants feel is most appropriate. 

Applied Research and Creative Activity – Projects in this category are designed to utilize theoretical concepts in conjunction with primary and/or secondary data in developing solutions to real-world problems related to the student’s discipline. Examples include the creation of artifacts, products, programs, or strategies that contribute to solving the identified problem. Applied research and creative activity makes original contributions to the discipline by providing practical and actionable solutions to a specific phenomenon, situation, or problem. 

Basic or Scientific Research – Basic or scientific research is hypothesis driven and designed to address and/or test specific scientific questions and theories. Examples include theoretically sound conceptual research designs which may include scientific experimentation related to the student’s discipline.

 Internships – This category is intended to support and assist students in completing unpaid internships specifically related to their discipline.  Students must complete projects that bridge theory with practice while completing the internship and must be supervised by a faculty mentor in addition to the internship site supervisor. 

Education Abroad – This category is intended to support and assist students in completing courses or experiential projects while studying abroad. Projects must include a practical, applied, or hands on project directly linked to the student’s academic discipline. This may include an analysis of how discipline specific concepts are applied in the host country 


The applicant must be a current TWU student (enrolled for both Fall 2018 and Spring 2019) in good academic standing. The applicant must receive a mentor’s approval to apply for the program. The mentor must be a TWU faculty or staff member who has demonstrated success in mentoring students and proficiency in experiential education. 


Successful student applicants will receive $1,000 in support of their experiential project. The students will receive the award as a stipend credited to their university account. The mentor will receive $500 to be used for supplies or equipment, professional travel, or other professional expenses related to the student’s project. The funds will be placed in the mentor’s departmental account. Materials and equipment acquired with funds provided to the mentor/department under this program are the property of TWU.

 Experiential Student Scholar Program [pdf]


Kurt Krause
Director, Internships & Experiential Learning
Pioneer Center for Student Excellence, BHL 228
(940) 898-4105

Page last updated 11:38 AM, February 8, 2019