Air University elective broadens SOS students’ research experience

By Phil Berube, Air University Public Affairs

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — A new elective at Squadron Officer School is connecting some of the school’s innovative students with Air University’s vast body of research topics, extensive academic and military networks and expansive repository of information.

The Air University Advanced Research Elective was first introduced to students in 2018 as a vehicle to foster collaboration between SOS and the rest of the university.

“It was started with the intent to provide ambitious SOS students the opportunity to apply in-depth research and critical thinking skills during their time here,” said Maj. Heidi Jensen, who, as an AU Fellow, led the elective as a 36th Student Squadron flight commander and is now a student at Air Command and Staff College. “By giving back to AU’s academic community, students gain research experience, broaden their intellectual horizons and collaborate with new communities of interest.”

The elective is one of nearly 40 available to each class of more than 600 captains, international officers and civilian students during their 6.5 weeks at SOS.

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