The Human Ecology Scholarship process provides an opportunity for students to become active participants in the advancement of the human condition, stewards of global resources and serve their community.  The scholarship process requires students to address a compelling human condition through research and a community service project designed to provoke thought, foster passion, deliver action and produce results to enhance their neighborhood and planet. To participate in the program and qualify for a scholarship you first have to register online. Register Here


What is Human Ecology?

This week your focus should be on developing an understanding of the study of Human Ecology.

  • 1. Mr. Jack Carney

    View the “Primetime Video” interview of Mr. Jack Carney, founder of HEF.

  • 2. Think

    Think about Mr. Carney’s views regarding Human Ecology.

  • 4. Reflect

    Using what you know about Mr. Carney’s thoughts on Human Ecology, reflect upon the evolution of this area of study over time.

  • 6. Research

    Research and identify a list of ten environmental and/or human problems that interest you for your consideration.

Volunteering in Problems of Human and Environmental Welfare

This week your focus should be on volunteering related to problems of human and environmental welfare. You should begin exploring possible volunteer opportunities related to your project.

  • 2. Brainstorm

    Brainstorm a list of both human and environmental welfare topics that interest you.

  • 3. Video Reference

    Use the list of videos featuring Human Ecology issues to assist with your research.

  • 4. Explore

    Explore other projects posted on this website in the Resource Library.

  • 5. Choose

    Choose human or environmental welfare topic to research.

  • 6. Visit Website

    Visit the Delaware Office of Volunteerism to research volunteer opportunities.

  • 7. Identify

    Identify 2-3 resources/agencies for possible service related to your topic.

Narrowing Your Topic/Research Question

This week your focus should be on narrowing your topic and identifying your research question related to either a human or environmental welfare issue.

  • 2. Identify

    Identify your research question and modify your research question using the provided rubric.

  • 3. Determine

    Determine potential volunteer opportunities associated with your topic.

  • 4. Finalize

    Finalize research question and identify service opportunity.

  • 5. Contact

    Contact volunteer agency/resource/individual and set up necessary training to volunteer and/or service hours.

Research Guidelines

This week your focus should be on using strong research practices and strategies as you continue to research your problem and volunteer.

  • 3. Watch Video

    Watch Video about plagiarism and learn how to prevent it.

  • 4. Identify

    Identify three credible sources related to research.

  • 5. research

    Begin document research.

  • 6. Volunteer

    Begin to volunteer.


This week your focus should be on developing your writing skills related to researching.

Creating My Project

This week your focus should be on learning about various possible product options for documenting student research and service and determining the format for your project. You should have a rough draft completed by the end of the week.

  • 1. Consider

    Begin to consider how you can share your research in a meaningful way that will tell the full story of your work and learning.

  • 2. Explore

    Explore project product options (see project formats listed below).

  • 4. Volunteer

    Continue to volunteer.

  • 5. Research

    Continue to research your problem.

  • 6. Determine

    Determine the way in which you will share your research and learning.

Pulling My Project Together

This week your focus should be on pulling all of the pieces of your project together. Your research should be complete and you should spend time proofing your project.

  • 1. Re-read

    Reread your research and project proofing for errors. Use the rubric and self score-your project.

  • 2. Revise

    Make revisions based upon your self assessment of your work.

  • 3. Share

    Share your project with a friend and have them use the rubric to evaluate your project and provide feedback.

  • 4. Revise

    Make revisions to your project based on the feedback

  • 5. Volunteer

    Continue to volunteer.

Your Project is complete!  This week you should only have to put finishing touches on your project before submitting.

  • 1. Assess

    Conduct one last self-assessment of your project and make any last minute revisions.

  • 2. Complete

    Complete the Service Learning Form and secure necessary signatures.

  • 3. Submit

    Submit your project and your service learning form.

  • 4. Celebrate

    CELEBRATE the completion of your project!

  • 5. Be the Human Ecology Foundation

    Apply what you have learned into your daily life, continue to volunteer and provide service to others!

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Research Question
Development of question research strives to answer
The research question is open-ended (allows for more than one solution) and requires students to research, analyze, evaluate and synthesize information to formulate a reasonable, complex solutionThe research question is open- ended (allows for more than one solution) and requires students to research, analyze and evaluate information to formulate a reasonable, solutionThe research question has a single or simple solution
Process of posing questions, gathering and interpreting data, evaluating data, identifying solutions and evaluating solutions
Inquiry is sustained and academically rigorous: students pose questions, gather and interpret data, ask further questions, and develop and evaluate solutions or build evidence for answersInquiry is academically rigorous: students pose a few questions about the topic, gather and interpret data, and evaluate solutionsInquiry is superficial with information-gathering being the main task.
Creativity &
Process of developing new and unique solutions
Project demonstrates new, unique and surprising ideas with specific evidence cited connected to researchProject demonstrates new ideas or improvements that attempt to step outside rules and conventions or find new uses for common ideas or materialsProject relies on existing models, ideas that are not new or unique and uses materials and ideas in typical ways
The single controlling point made with an awareness of task about a specific topic
Sharp, distinct controlling point made about a single topic with evident awareness of taskClear point made about a single topic with sufficient awareness of taskNo apparent point but evidence of a specific topic
Ideas developed through facts, examples, anecdotes, details, opinions, statistics, reasons, and/or
Substantial, specific, and/or illustrative content demonstrating strong development and sophisticated ideasSufficiently developed content with adequate elaboration or explanationLimited content with inadequate elaboration or explanation
Order of writing is developed and
sustained within and across paragraphs using transitional devices and including introduction and conclusion
Sophisticated arrangement of content with evident and/or subtle transitionsFunctional arrangement of content that sustains a logical order with some evidence of transitions.Confused or inconsistent arrangement of content with or without attempts at transition.
The choice, use and arrangement of words and sentence structures that creates tone and voice.
Precise, illustrative use of a variety of words and sentence structures to create consistent writer’s voice and tone appropriate to audienceGeneric use of a variety of words and sentence structures that may or may not create writer’s voice and tone appropriate to audienceLimited/minimal variety of word choice and control of sentence structures that inhibit voice and tone
Grammar, mechanics, spelling, usage and sentence formation.
Evident control of grammar, mechanics, spelling, usage and sentence formation with no errorsSufficient control of grammar, mechanics, spelling, usage and sentence formation with a few errorsLimited/minimal control of grammar, mechanics, spelling, usage and sentence formation with numerous errors
Identifying and citing sources of information
Research includes a variety of primary and secondary sources including print, digital, and interactive (i.e. adult expert, business organization, etc.) that promotes divergent and creative perspectives
Sources consistently and correctly cited according to MLA guidelines
Research includes a variety of sources including print and digital that promotes different perspectives
Sources frequently are included and meet MLA standards
Research is limited to a few print sources and conveys information without promoting different perspectives
Few, if any, citations included and minimal alignment to MLA standards
Final artifact(s) that documents the work of the project
Uses creative and well- produced print and digital aides (audio/visual or media) to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidenceUses well-produced print & digital aides ( audio/visual or media) to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidenceUses print format to share findings, reasoning, and evidence
Sharing of the project and products for an audience
Presents information, findings, arguments and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically so that audience can clearly follow the line of reasoning
Selects information, develops ideas and uses a style appropriate to the purpose, task, and audience
Clearly and completely addresses alternative and opposing perspectives
Presents information, findings, arguments and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically so that audience can clearly follow the line of reasoning
Selects information, develops ideas and uses a style appropriate to the purpose, task, and audience
Presents information and findings to the audience, lacks supporting evidence so the audience cannot follow the line of reasoning

Connor’s project: “The March of Dimes Helping Premature Babies Like Me”. His project was very personal in nature, as he related the story of he and his twin brother, Zach. Born 12 weeks prematurely, Connor and his brother, through the tireless efforts of the March of Dimes organiza- tion, have grown and matured into healthy and outstanding young people.

At birth, Zach weighed 2 lb. 5 oz. and Connor only weighed 1 lb. 13 oz. Connor did countless hours of community service with the March of Dimes Walk over the years. Connor regarded his community service as a small gift back to the March of Dimes for their life sustaining support to him and his brother.

Karen’s winning project was entitled: “The Science and Ethics of Embry- onic Stem Cell Research”. She performed the HEF required community service at the Marydale Community Center. While the youngest student to participate in the HEF Scholarship Competition, Karen’s presentation to the 100 guests at the reception was a thorough and comprehensive study on embryonic cell research.

The Serviam girls received a $500 grant from the HEF on behalf of four students who collaborated on their community service project. Yanique Boreland, Brianna Coverdale, Joselin Esquivel-Perez and Kaleigh White developed their project entitled: “An Integrated System for Treating and Monitoring Sickle Cell Disease”. The students were moder- ated by Serviam science teacher Maureen Masters and performed their required community service hours through Christiana Care and an in-school awareness campaign for Sickle Cell Disease.

Caitlin received the top award of $2,000 at the HEF Scholarship Reception at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. Caitrin’s project was a labor of love in service to the Pizzolo family with visually impaired parents. Caitrin’s project included 180 hours of community service to her neigh- bors. She helped the children with everyday needs providing an invalu- able service to the parents. Her project included a Prezi presentation and an oral summary.

  • Billions in Change

    The world is facing some huge problems. The elegantly simple inventions some have made to change the lives of billions of people, and the unconventional billionaire spearheading the project. This initiative is part of the Human Ecology Syllabus.

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