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Defining Your Path Field Trip Program

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Providing K-12th grade field trips to The University of Utah!

The Office of Engagement invites the K-12 community to connect and engage with higher education through the Defining Your Path Field Trip Program! Field trips to the University of Utah are valuable learning experiences that spark students' interests, and sets them on a path toward higher education. Success in college can never start too early!

Rather than focusing on walking tours of campus, we collaborate with over 35 departments and programs at the University to arrange for a variety of activities and demonstrations. We fill these field trips with engaging, hands-on experiences to help students imagine themselves in college one day. We emphasize the value of college, while highlighting the fun aspects! Students in Kindergarten through 12th grade, in public, private, charter, homeschool, and youth groups are all welcome!

8th Grade students participating in a Biology Presentaion at the U of U

 

 

The DYP Field Trip Program welcomed over 4,000 students to campus during the 2019-2020 academic year! Our program is growing, and availability is limited, so please submit your field trip requests as early as possible. If you are interested in scheduling a field trip for the 2021-2022 academic year, please fill out our field trip request form below.

 

 

Open Registration Begins Now! 

Let's get your students excited about college!

We can arrange student-led campus tours, department workshops, Q&A sessions, games, and much more!

 request a field trip for your class here
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*To arrange a field trip for 9th - 12th grade students, please contact the Office of Admissions here.

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Getting Started & FAQs:

When can I visit?

We are available for field trips during the academic year (mid-September to late May) on weekdays from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. We do not hold field trips during University closure days or during University finals weeks.

Field trips are scheduled on a "first come, first served" basis. To assure that your potential field trip date is available, please try to book, at least, four weeks in advance.

Availability is limited and we will fill up!

If you are interested in bringing a group of students to campus during the summertime (June - August), please contact the Program Coordinator.

How long will we be on campus?

Our average field trip lasts 4 hours (9:30 am - 1:30 pm), however, we can accommodate most time frames. A four hour field trip would likely include two hands-on activities for the students, lunch on campus, and a campus scavenger hunt.

How much does it cost?

Defining Your Path field trips are free of charge! 
You are responsible for the cost of transportation to the University and the cost of lunch for the students, if applicable.

What are the group size limitations?

Due to limited available space on campus, our capacities differ by day:

Mondays - Thursdays: 0 - 75 students
Fridays: 0 - 125 students
For groups larger than 125, please contact the Program Coordinator.

What will we do on campus?

We collaborate with over 35 different departments and programs on campus to create meaningful experiences for your students! We often work with the College of Engineering, the Marriott Library, the Department of Astronomy & Physics, Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, and many others. 

Field trip activities range from science and engineering lab tours and demonstrations, to dissections and creating hand-made books. Participate in political and social forums, meet with faculty and students to receive in-depth knowledge on a wide array of subjects. Experience campus life from the Marriott Library to the Student Union, discover all of this on one campus!

Planning a Visit

First determine the educational goals of your field trip. Consider the department, subject, and topic you wish to explore. Then,

Please note that reservations are NOT confirmed until you have received a confirmation email. In order to properly plan a field trip and coordinate with the University's departments, please plan a date 4-6 weeks in advance of your field trip request.

Contact Program Coordinator Amery Kongphouthakhoun if you have questions or need assistance in planning your visit.
Email: amery.kong@utah.edu


Office Phone: (801) 587-2997

Moblie Phone: (801) 864-7942

Request visit here

Interested in volunteering during a field trip?

You must be affiliated with the University of Utah to volunteer during a Defining Your Path field trip. If you are staff, faculty, or a student at the U, we would love to have you involved!

Faculty/Staff/Graduate Students:

We are always looking for educators that are interested in connecting with the K-8th grade community! If you would like to direct a lesson, demonstration, or tour for a group of students, please contact the Field Trip Coordinator, Amery Kongphouthakhoun, for possible outreach opportunities! DYP lessons generally last 45-60 minutes, and are always housed on campus. The Field Trip Coordinator fulfills the logistical requirements (classroom reservation, student release waivers, scheduling, etc.), and you, as an educator, just needs to show up to present to the students. We ask that your lesson has a hands-on element that connects to your curriculum. If you would like to teach, but need assistance developing a lesson, the Field Trip Coordinator is happy to assist with curriculum development.

Undergraduate Student Volunteers:

Do you enjoy working with kids, and have some extra time in your class schedule? Are you studying Primary/Secondary Education or Early Childhood Development, and want some practical experience? As a volunteer with DYP, you can lead school groups as they navigate campus, participate in a variety of activities with the youth, and even give lessons and inspire young students to pursue higher education! You can volunteer for one field trip, or as many as you'd like! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Amery Kongphouthakhoun at amery.kong@utah.edu.

 

Disclaimer:

Defining Your Path Volunteers are screened appropriately, as outlined in the University of Utah Youth Protection Policy. Volunteers are not permitted to be alone with minors at any time during the field trip. The University of Utah is committed to protecting minors participating in University programs. If you have concerns about any misconduct in connection with this program/event, please contact the University’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at 801-581-8365.

Amery Kongphouthakhoun

Program Manager

Amery

Amery, the DYP Field Trip Coordinator, has been planning and leading field trips for the University of Utah since 2015. She started out as a DYP volunteer while earning her undergraduate and graduate degree on campus. Soon after she became an intern for DYP for several years and is now the program coordinator. She is an energetic leader who enjoys working with students of all ages. She has a passion for giving back to her community through promoting college access to students from diverse backgrounds. As an inclusive educator, she continually works to create educational environments that are both engaging and interactive for all.  

Joy Kavapalu

DYP Ambassador

Joy

Joy is a senior studying Health, Society and Policy & International Studies with a certificate in Pacific Islands Studies. Raised in the local, thriving Pacific Islander community, she is passionate about helping fellow underrepresented students access college and the various opportunities it provides. When Joy is not studying or working, she likes to cook new foods, listen to music, and roller-skate with friends. 

Ahmed Khalaf

DYP Ambassador

Joy

Ahmed, DYP Ambassador, has been actively working for equitable higher education. As a first-generation college student, despite the unaddressed struggles that come with being a first-generational student, Ahmed learned to stay motivated and pursued what he's passionate about. Ahmed is currently majoring in Psychology and minoring in Chemistry and plans to attend medical school.

 

Check out our virtual interactive tours of University of Utah campus:
(click and drag to adjust the camera's line of sight!)

Defining Your Path Calendar

See and book available dates for your DYP field trip here! 

Last Updated: 8/31/22