Ask the Professor - Arts and Sciences (2023)

Engaging students to embrace learning and pursue a higher education in the liberal arts can be challenging. Many students remain unaware of the career opportunities available in the liberal arts and sciences. Recent employer surveys indicate, however, that liberal arts graduates are highly valued for their breadth and depth of knowledge and well-developed critical thinking and communication skills.

Lawrence Technological University’s College of Arts and Sciences can help you open your students’ eyes to new possibilities with “Ask the Professor,” a program that provides educators access to engaging, high-caliber speakers. Offered free of charge, “Ask the Professor” presenters speak on a variety of topics that can complement your scheduled lesson plans. These dynamic, interactive sessions are specially designed for students who are juniors and seniors in high school, but they can be modified for sophomores or mixed audiences.

Choose a presentation and book your speaker by contacting Lawrence Tech’s College of Arts and Sciences at 248.204.3541 or

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Ask the Professor - Arts and Sciences (1)Getting Started

To arrange for a professor to visit your classroom or for more information about the “Ask the Professor” program, contact Lawrence Tech’s College of Arts and Sciences at 248.204.3541 or For more information about the College of Arts and Sciences, visit

The Presentations

“The Entrepreneur”
Length: 2 hours, but can be shortened
60 students maximum
Led by a Lawrence Tech management professor, students form fictional corporations and engage in a business competition similar to the television show “The Apprentice.” During the exercise, students learn the importance of such business skills as leadership, project management, marketing, and organization.

Social Media for the Win: Use YouTube and Facebook to Get into College and Win Competitions
Length: 30 minutes to 1 hour
Multimedia, suitable for all groups
Social media tools, such as Facebook and YouTube, are used by hundreds of millions of people all over the world to keep in touch with friends and family. Students learn how not to use these tools, and how to use them productively to find information and career opportunities. Also discussed is how employers and college admissions officers use these tools to find out more about their applicants.

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Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery
Length: 45–60 minutes
Multimedia, interactive
How are new drugs to treat disease discovered? In this presentation, the emerging discipline of chemical biology and its role in the development of new pharmaceuticals will be explored. There is an increasing need for scientists well versed in both biology and chemistry who use chemical tools to solve biological problems.

Designing Computer Games
Length: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Multimedia, interactive
Creating a computer game from concept to product requires training across a broad range of academic disciplines, such as computer science, art, humanities, technical communication, and psychology. In this presentation, students gain an appreciation for the complexities of the digital media industry by proposing a concept for a computer game and then mapping out the basic steps required to produce it for the retail market.

Digital Communications
Length: 30 minutes to 1 hour
The quality and speed of communication systems are constantly improving with satellite television, 4G – and 5G – cell phones, and super-high-speed Internet. Learn the fascinating history of how digital communications developed, from the pioneering work of Michigander Claude E. Shannon to two recent breakthroughs that have completely revolutionized the way people think about communications.

Legal ABCs
Length: 1 hour
Multimedia, suitable for all groups
An attorney discusses legal issues high schoolers may face, from accepting personal responsibility and facing the consequences for one’s actions, to copyright infringement (music and video), traffic tickets, and employment law and minimum wage.

It’s My Story and I’m Sticking to It
Length: 30 minutes to 1 hour
From social media to mass media, stories are the primary way we communicate effectively. The literature we read in English classes helps us to frame our best essays and oral presentations. Students learn how to use stories (personal and traditional) as a communication tool for everything from their Facebook page to college application essays to creative writing and forensic competition.

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Media Gone Wild
Length: 30–45 minutes
The media influences the way we think, vote, and buy. This dynamic field encompasses every communication platform from network and cable television, radio, film, music, news, and magazines to the Internet. The industry has created an ever-growing need for professionals in television, video, and web production. Learn how the industry has changed and what skills it now demands from college graduates who wish to pursue careers in the media.

The study of physics prepares students for employment or graduate study in a wide range of fields, including computer-based industrial research and development, nuclear science, optical science, geophysics, nuclear medicine, science education, patent and industrial law, and astronomy.

“What If You Could Drill a Hole through the Earth?”
Length: Approximately 45 minutes
Multimedia (projector with laptop connectivity required)
Starting with this hypothetical question, students explore Newton’s laws regarding gravity and energy. Other questions considered are: How much time would it take for you to fall all the way through? If you stopped at the center, would you feel gravity? If you leaped outward from the center, how far could you leap on your first try? How many times would you leap before you got out of the hole?

“Hey, Where Did That Star Go?”
Length: Approximately 45 minutes
Multimedia (projector with laptop connectivity required)
What is the typical life cycle of a star? This presentation follows the life of a star from its birth as a hydrogen cloud to a proto-star to its death-throes and formation into a black hole or a neutron star. The life cycles of planets are also discussed.

“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, I Wonder How Fast You Are?”
Length: Approximately 45 minutes
Multimedia (projector with laptop connectivity required), interactive
The information we get from the Universe comes to us as light (or electromagnetic radiation). That’s all we get, so we must squeeze as much information out of it as possible! Students will observe the spectrum of wavelengths (colors) of light from different gasses and then explore how we are able to tell if stars are moving toward us or away from us. They also will learn why physicists believe the Universe is expanding!

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“The Science of Sound”
Length: Approximately 45 minutes
Multimedia (projector with laptop connectivity required), interactive
Using a microphone and special software to explore the digital spectrum of sounds, students learn about the physics of sound and the basic characteristics of sound, such as frequency, wavelength, amplitude, intensity, and speed. Students are welcome to bring in their musical instruments to record.

“Why Does Marvin the Martian Want to Move?”
Length: Approximately 45 minutes
Multimedia (projector with laptop connectivity required)
Marvin really enjoys seeing Venus from his home on Mars, but there are times when the Earth blocks his view. How often does this happen? Students explore how the planets travel in space, what paths they take, and why.

“… And Go Get Yourself Some Cheap Sunglasses”
Length: Approximately 45 minutes
Multimedia (projector with laptop connectivity required), interactive
While ZZ Top may recommend cheap sunglasses, there are very good reasons to get expensive ones. In this introduction to optics, the behavior and properties of light are explored. Students learn about polarization and why ultraviolet coatings on sunglasses protect the eyes. Also discussed are the physiology of the eye and why some people are nearsighted and some are farsighted.

“Overdamped, Underdamped, and Driven, Oh My!”
Length: Approximately 45 minutes
Multimedia (projector with laptop connectivity required)
When we drive a car, the engine propels us. However, within the car’s engine and very structure – and in its movement through space – there are a number of conditions that slow its speed. This “dampening” effect (friction) exists everywhere in nature and will be explored in this presentation.

The Wide World of Psychology
Length: 90 minutes
Multimedia, interactive
Students navigate the huge field of psychology and the career choices it offers: clinical psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. Such topics as brain chemistry, animal behavior, sensation and perception, and research methods are also covered.

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Lawrence Technological University offers over 100 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. In addition to those available at Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre Southfield campus, programs are offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey, and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also partners with universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.


What should I ask an art professor? ›

“When you have a fine arts degree, what do you do for the rest of your life?” “How do you preserve your artistic integrity within the strict time limitations in an academic setting?” “Is art education really so popular in western countries?” “What do you do after you've finished formalized training?”

How do I ask my professor for research? ›

if asking for a research opportunity: state specifically your interest in that research group (you need to read the professor's website) explain why research is important for your goals. ask to schedule a meeting or say that you will be coming to office hours.

Why arts and sciences are important? ›

The reason why art is necessary to science is that creativity involves imagination and imagination is visualization. Oftentimes, the ability to visualize and imagine certain processes is important to solving scientific problems.

How do you ask a lecturer for advice? ›

Tips for Success: How to Ask for Advice from a Professor
  1. Take Fear Out of the Equation. Many students say they're overwhelmed or intimidated by the prospect of talking to a professor one-on-one. ...
  2. Connect with Your Professors in Class. ...
  3. Prepare for Meetings. ...
  4. Approach Conversations with Empathy. ...
  5. Think about Other Opportunities.
1 Aug 2022

What should I say to my art teacher? ›

Dear Art Teachers,
  • We love you for creating a hardworking environment for fun and play. ...
  • We love you for going the extra mile. ...
  • We love you for being unique. ...
  • We love you for never giving up. ...
  • We love you for creating magical experiences no matter the circumstances. ...
  • We love you for having grit.
15 Jan 2018

How do I approach my professor? ›

How to Talk to your Professor
  1. Visit your professor during posted office hours or (better yet) schedule an appointment. Your professor uses office hours to grade papers, prepare for classes, and do research. ...
  2. If you make an appointment, show up on time. ...
  3. Adopt the attitude that your professor wants to help you.

How do you ask a professor for a request? ›

Make a formal request of your professor (by email or by appointment), asking if he or she would be willing to write a letter or fill out a form on your behalf. Explain the purpose of the recommendation and why you have chosen the professor. Give the professor time to consider your request.

How can I get in touch with my professor? ›

Getting In Touch: Making Contact with Professors
  1. Check out their faculty page! ...
  2. Start off with a professional greeting. ...
  3. Introduce yourself – but only briefly. ...
  4. Read about their work. ...
  5. Ask for a meeting first, not a job. ...
  6. Thank them for their time. ...
  7. Email again…… ...
  8. Rinse and repeat!
21 Sept 2017

What is meant by arts and science? ›

A liberal arts and sciences education emphasizes a well-rounded course of study in the humanities and natural, mathematical and social sciences that aims to impart a broad general knowledge and develop intellectual capacities adaptable for numerous work and life environments in contrast to a narrowly focused ...

What is art and science course? ›

Apart from the common subjects most of the subjects offered in Arts are Languages of different states and countries, performing arts, religious studies, social sciences etc. The subjects offered in Sciences are Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Statistics, Microbiology, Animation, Computer Application etc.

What is difference art and science? ›

Science is designed to be objective and guided by data; art is subjective and deeply influenced by feelings and opinions. While the outcomes of science and art are quite different, the processes involved have undeniable similarities.

What should I say to my professor? ›

Thank you for loving your job so much! You are an amazing teacher. Thanks for everything you taught me last year as well as your support. You have always gone above and beyond the expectations of a 'great' professor.

How do you politely ask a teacher? ›

Most schools will require that you make a formal request, in writing or through email, directly to your school administrators. Address your letter directly to the principal, who will most likely have the most pull and the final say on which class your child is placed in.

What should I ask an art mentor? ›

What new skills do I need to move ahead? How do you balance your work and home life? Do you have any books that you would suggest I read? Or courses you think would enhance my career?

What is a research question in art? ›

A research question is the focused and specific question you are trying to answer in your project. It can take the following formula: How did/does [variable 1] affect [variable 2] in [population]?

What are the 7 things of art? ›

ELEMENTS OF ART: The visual components of color, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value.

How do I talk about my art? ›

6 Tips for Artists on How to Talk about Their Art
  1. Know Your Target Audience. First and foremost, artists should assess what's meaningful to them in their work before they try to tell anyone else why it's important. ...
  2. Do Some Prep Work. ...
  3. Be Honest. ...
  4. Steer Clear of Description. ...
  5. Don't Oversell. ...
  6. Practice.
13 Mar 2018

How do arts teachers help students? ›

Art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness. Visual arts teach learners about color, layout, perspective, and balance: all techniques that are necessary in presentations (visual, digital) of academic work.

Why are art teachers important? ›

Art teachers can help students become more well-rounded and capable individuals by teaching them to develop original ideas through creative projects and practices.

How do you send a text message to a professor? ›

Proper Way of Sending A Message to Your Teacher
  1. START WITH A GREETING. “Good morning/afternoon/evening, Ma'am/ Sir” ...
  2. INTRODUCE YOURSELF. “I am (your name) of (section), your student in (subject)” ...

How do you get a professor to like you? ›

Assuming you're one of the other 99, we offer you our baker's dozen of tips on how to ingratiate yourself to your professor:
  1. Look interested. ...
  2. Say hi to the professor when he or she enters the room. ...
  3. Ask a question. ...
  4. Put in your two cents' worth. ...
  5. Continue the conversation outside class. ...
  6. Volunteer first. ...
  7. Join the team.
7 Oct 2009

How do you politely write a request? ›

I would request your immediate attention to the matter.
Other examples of requests
  1. I would also be grateful if you could send me … .
  2. I would therefore be grateful if you could send me … .
  3. Could you therefore please send me … ?
  4. Could you therefore send me … ?
  5. Could you also send me … ?

How do you send a politely request? ›

When you are ready to make your request, here are three phrases you can use to make the request sound polite:
  1. Could you or could you please…? Could you send me more information about your schedule? ...
  2. Would it be possible to…? Would it be possible to change our meeting from 10 to 11? ...
  3. I was wondering if…

How do I ask my professor for Class permission? ›


FOR EXAMPLE: This is my first semester in college and I am interested in adding your course if possible. May I possibly get an add code for your class? FOR EXAMPLE: I would very much appreciate your permission to take this class. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

How do you politely follow up with a professor? ›

I wanted to follow up on my email from [when you sent it] about [what your concern or question is]. I understand you have a busy schedule, but I wanted to see about [whatever you are following up on]. I greatly appreciate your time. Thank you again in advance for your help with [question].

How do I call a professor? ›

These tips should help you avoid any gaffes. address them as “Professor Last Name.” This includes assistant, associate, clinical, and research professors, as well as full professors.

Can I phone call my professor? ›

If you've worked with them before and they gave you their number, then it's OK to call (sparingly - depending on your relationship with them). If they have not given you their number, then do not call them at home. What if they're sick?

Which is best science or arts? ›

Reasons why Science is Better than Art

In comparison to the arts, science has the power to enhance our lives statistically. For example, over the years, advances in medical research have saved countless lives and improved our standard of living.

What are the 7 Arts and Sciences? ›

The Fellowcraft Degree commends Freemasons to study the Liberal Arts and Sciences, which are grammar, rhetoric, logic, arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. When we study the historical background for this list, we will uncover layers of Masonic meanings for us in each of the seven areas of knowledge.

What is the best course in arts and science? ›

Here are some of the best career options after 12th arts:
  • Diploma in Education.
  • Bachelors of fine arts (B.F.A)
  • Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM)
  • Bachelor in Fashion Designing.
  • Bachelor of Hotel Management.
  • Bachelors of Business Administration.
  • Integrated Law Course (B.A + L.L.B)
  • Bachelors of Journalism and Mass Communication.

What is science art called? ›

Scientific illustration is art in the service of science. These artists draw or render images of scientific subjects in an accurate way to inform and communicate.

What are the 4 subjects of art? ›

The most common subjects of art include people (portraiture), arrangements of objects (still-life), the natural world (landscape), and abstractions (non-objective).

How many years study for arts and science? ›

Like a Bachelor of Arts programme, a Bachelor of Science can take three to five years to complete, depending on the country, the university, and the subject area.

Can art and science be together? ›

Traditionally, art and science have been treated as two separate disciplines, but when they are studied together it's clear to see the impact one has on the other. A great deal of creativity is required to make scientific breakthroughs, and art is just as often an expression of (or a product of) scientific knowledge.

Is learning an art or a science? ›

It's a little of both. There is artistry in the way teachers connect with students and foster their understanding. At the same time, there is a science to teaching and learning, an evidence base on which to build our approaches to developing students' knowledge, skills, and competencies.

What is common between science and art? ›

Art and science are both human attempts to comprehend and then explain the world around us. When done successfully and in tandem, they can cause us to see the world in a different light. And even more importantly, they can change our fundamental truths.

How do you say ask professionally? ›

Some common synonyms of ask are inquire, interrogate, query, and question.

How do you ask why professionally? ›

To make sure you can continue to fulfill your core responsibilities and grow within your role, you may need to respectfully approach your manager with a thoughtful “Why?” You could say, for example, “I'm not sure this aligns with my role—can you help me understand why I've been assigned this task?”

How do you professionally ask for something? ›

  1. Lead with the ask. ...
  2. Establish your credibility. ...
  3. Make the way forward clear. ...
  4. If you're asking a question, propose a solution. ...
  5. Be scannable. ...
  6. Give them a deadline. ...
  7. Write your subject lines like headlines. ...
  8. Edit your messages ruthlessly.
24 Jan 2019

How can I impress my professor? ›

Practice these tips your senior year, and you'll get through college with no problems.
  1. Be early. ...
  2. Make eye contact during class. ...
  3. Ask follow-up questions. ...
  4. Take advantage of office hours. ...
  5. When you must miss a class, e-mail the professor. ...
  6. Proofread your work. ...
  7. Thank the professor for a particularly interesting class.

How do you talk to a professor about research? ›

Here are some tips to help you approach your professor about research positions:
  1. Don't wait. ...
  2. Get to know your Professor. ...
  3. Connect. ...
  4. Tell your Prof about yourself. ...
  5. Share your research ideas with your Professor. ...
  6. Be open to input. ...
  7. Follow up with a thank you.

How do I introduce myself to my professor? ›

A simple “Hi Professor Smith, I just wanted to come and introduce myself. My name is Jane Doe and I'm really looking forward to taking this class” is all you need to say.

What is the proper way to ask? ›

How to ask the right questions
  1. Think about what you want to know. Think about what you hope to learn. ...
  2. Develop an open-ended question. ...
  3. Find the right person. ...
  4. Allow the person to answer. ...
  5. Ask follow-up questions. ...
  6. Thank the person. ...
  7. Ask to get an answer. ...
  8. Be understanding.

What question can I ask a teacher? ›

What are they learning and what do I need to know about what they're learning? What 'standards' do you use and what do I need to know about them? How will you respond if or when my child struggles in class and how can I help at home?

How do you ask someone to teach us? ›

How to ask someone to mentor you
  1. Schedule an initial conversation. ...
  2. Clearly describe the guidance you're seeking (The Ask). ...
  3. Confirm your willingness to do the necessary work and follow-through. ...
  4. Acknowledge and respect the individual's time. ...
  5. Note: If you don't hear from them, follow-up, but don't hound him or her.


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