Community-Engaged Research

Community-engaged research (CER) has become an important strand of academic civic engagement at the Harward Center.

Students in several departments have the opportunity to do community-engaged research in courses and for their senior thesis or capstone project. Indeed, some departments now offer research methods courses that focus specifically on collaborating with the community for research.

At the Harward Center, we offer support for students performing community-engaged research through the Community-Engaged Research Fellows Program. Originally funded by a grant from Learn and Serve America, and now funded by a grant from The Endeavor Foundation, the program offers students fellowship support for their community-engaged research projects and a non-credit seminar, in which the students discuss the principles and practices of CER as they apply to their individual projects.

COMMUNITY-ENGAGED RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS provide funding, mentoring, and peer reflection for student projects that advance public needs, as articulated in dialogue with community partners, through significant academic research.  CER Fellows will receive a stipend of $500 for the semester (whether their projects are currently in a planning or a more advanced stage).  Equally important, they take part in a non-credit Fellows’ Seminar, being led this year by Darby Ray and Holly Lasagna, which will expose them to the history, methods, and ethics of community-engaged research across different disciplines, engage them in thinking about the distinctive values and challenges of community-engaged research, and offer them an interdisciplinary peer community for sharing their work.  The Seminar will begin meeting in January and continue, roughly on a biweekly basis, in Winter Term. For more information, contact Holly Lasagna at the Harward Center for Community Partnerships or click here to download an application.
DEADLINE: December 5, 2014

Click here to view a Prezi created by the 2013 CER Fellows.