How is the CBRFP structured?
Faculty-initiated funding application
The CBRFP is a competitive program with a faculty-initiated application process. Faculty members identify community partners and student researchers at the time of application. Applications indicate how the CBR project contributes to the faculty member’s scholarship, deepens the student’s learning, and builds the community partner’s capacity. Applications will also include a written endorsement from the community partner, along with a project description, standard IRB approvals (if applicable) and a budget request.
CBR faculty development
Because faculty and students may not be familiar – or initially comfortable – with the principles and practices of CBR as a research approach, faculty development and networking opportunities will be provided.
Guided, critical reflection
Although preparation for their CBR experiences is crucial, students must also be given the opportunity to reflect critically upon those experiences in order to learn from them. Therefore, on-campus lunch gatherings will be scheduled for students. During these gatherings, students will share not only the progress they have made on their research projects, but also their reactions to the CBR process and what it means for their own development as inquirers. The CBRFP administrator (the Applied Learning Center’s Service Learning Specialist) will facilitate the gatherings.
Public dissemination and celebration
CBR fellows will be expected to present their work at the Undergraduate Research Conference at the end of Spring semester.