Each Community Scholar works closely with an assigned faculty mentor who has a relationship with the community partner where the student is placed. The mentor will provide ongoing contact throughout the experience, and will be involved in helping the student develop and present all program deliverables.
- Community-based Work
This is the experiential component of the Community Scholars Summer Program and places the student directly in a community work setting. This component is similar to an internship in that students will assume a formal role in the organization and be a part of a real organizational work team. However, unlike an internship, the student will be working with community and university members to examine problems and their underlying causes, to identify barriers to change, to propose real solutions and/ or implement real interventions and evaluate their impact. Community partners will be co-mentors of students in coordination with faculty mentors.
- Professional Development Training and Mentoring Training
Community scholars participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium in July, as well as Professional Development Training sessions provided by the CRS program:
- Responsible conduct of research
- Preparing and presenting a research poster
- Preparing a 3-Minute Thesis
- Thinking about graduate school
In addition to these, Community scholars also participate in Professional Development Training Sessions offered by the Community Scholars Summer program director, for a total of 8 professional development sessions throughout the summer. These will be offered weekly, on Wednesday afternoons from 3-5pm.
- Engaged Research
The Community Scholar will work on engaged scholarship projects that may include needs assessment, program evaluation, benchmarking, or process improvement (formative) research. All engaged experiences will involve the student in examining real-world problems and proposing viable solutions in a collaborative partnership with organizational and university members. Students will learn the unique challenges of conducting applied research in dynamic environments. Students will also learn how to link real-world problems with best practices and solutions from their academic disciplines. The ultimate goal is to train students to use their knowledge and skills to be effective change agents in their communities.