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 Christian A. Johnson 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.