ILC Resources

Many students use Museum resources to support their independent learning contracts. For a list of past ILCs supported by the museum, see our “Learning Contracts” page. Museum staff cannot sponsor ILCs. All ILC students are required to attend a meeting in week one, where they will be instructed in specimen handling protocol and space use requirements. If you are contributing new specimens to the collection, please include learning how to database your collection as one of your learning objectives, and budget time for this activity.

Instructions for Students:

  1. Find a sponsor for your independent learning contract.
  2. Make a plan for what kind of support you need from the museum. Think about how many times a week you will need to come in, what types of resources you will be using, what potential impact you might have on specimens, and what kind of work space you will need. Please note that specimens cannot be checked out by students and cannot leave our space.
  3. Fill out a program support request form (see bottom of this page). This needs to be completed and approved by museum staff before your ILC can be approved. Email a pdf or Word document file to the Collections Manager.
  4. Once your program support request form has been approved, we will schedule a mandatory museum orientation meeting with you.
  5. By week 8 of your ILC, submit a one sentence summary of your quarter’s work. Example: ILC: Puget Prairie Pollination Biology, Saff Killingsworth. Faculty: Lalita Calabria. Saff used Museum insect collections to verify identification of local pollinators.
  6. If you are contributing new specimens to the collection, have your sponsor verify the identification and quality of the specimens.

Instructions for Faculty:

  1. Make a plan with your student regarding museum resource use. What kinds of specimens will you be working with? How often? Will there be potential impacts on specimens? Please note that specimens cannot be checked out by students and cannot leave the our space. Other than an introduciton the the Museum and specimen handling protocol, Museum staff will not provide any direct instruction.
  2. Have your student fill out a program support request form (see bottom of this page). This needs to be completed and approved by museum staff before your student’s ILC can be approved. Email a pdf or Word document file to the Collections Manager.
  3. When your student’s program support request form has been approved, we will schedule a mandatory museum orientation meeting with your student.
  4. By week 8, please verify that your student has submitted a one sentence summary of their quarter’s work.
  5. If your student is contributing new specimens to the collection, please verify the identification and quality of their specimens.

Program Support Request Form