Why join CBRS?

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 "Joining the Community-Based Research Scholars was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made, and I couldn't be more grateful for everything it has provided me with. I have grown so much as a person throughout my time in CBRS. I have learned what it truly means to be in a community and have become more mature in the process."

--2016-2017 CBR Scholar

Program Features

  • Live, learn and serve together, establishing a strong community during their first years at AU. 
  • Take a Complex Problems course and lab with passionate professors who connect course learning objectives with community needs and community-based learning. 
  • Participate in a 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. 
  • Build a relationship with peer mentor who has previously participated in the CBRS program while attending 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.