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Community-Based Research Scholars | About

CBRS students volunteering at UPO Community Day in September 2016

Program Features

  • Live, learn and serve together, establishing a strong community during their first years at AU.
  • Take a GenEd seminar and lab with passionate professors who connect course learning objectives with community needs and community-based learning.
  • Participate in research methods course, with projects designed in collaboration with a local nonprofit.  
  • Engage in ongoing personal and professional development designed to train them to be change agents in our communities. 
  • Develop and maintain ongoing community relationships through service and research-oriented projects. 
  • Connect with faculty mentors, investing in students' scholarly futures.
  • Be assigned a peer mentor who has previously participated in the CBRS program and attend monthly activities.

Program Benefits

  • A residential community of high-achieving students passionate about social justice.
  • Practical, real-world application of classroom knowledge guided by faculty mentors and a community partner.
  • Small seminars (19 students) taught by AU's most community-oriented faculty, open only to CBRS students.
  • High level of support from peers, faculty and program staff.
  • Research experience years ahead of many of your peers.
  • Skills and tools to be competitive for national scholarships, future graduate programs, and job or internship opportunities.
  • Connections to several community-based organizations in the D.C. area.