Community-engaged research (also known as community-based research) is an important strand of academic civic engagement supported by the Harward Center. Students in diverse departments and programs undertake community-engaged research in courses and for their senior thesis or capstone project. Some departments offer research methods courses that focus specifically on collaborating with the community for research. Harward Center staff offer support for students performing community-engaged research through one-on-one consultations as well as the Community-Engaged Research (CER) Fellows Program.
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 receive a stipend of $400 for the semester. Equally important, they take part in a non-credit Fellows’ Seminar, being led this year by Darby Ray and Sam Boss, which exposes them to the history, methods, and ethics of community-engaged research across different disciplines, engages them in thinking about the distinctive values and challenges of community-engaged research, and offers them an interdisciplinary peer community for sharing their work. The Seminar meets on a biweekly basis during Winter Term, usually over lunch or dinner. For more information, contact Darby Ray at the Harward Center for Community Partnerships or check back in the fall to download an application.