FAQs

Community-based research involves collaboration between researchers and community members in the design and implementation of research projects aimed at meeting community identified needs.
In their first year at AU, students will acquire foundational research skills and will conduct a substantive community-based research project as a class. Students will study the relationship between community and social issues, and will engage directly with community partners.
A living-learning community creates an environment in which you can more easily build relationships with other talented students, share academic interests and experiences, and adjust to college life in D.C. together. You will live together in Anderson Hall, and you will live on the same floor as other CBR Scholars. The core foundational courses provide a stimulating, small-group learning experience. Each course is limited to 19 students, which promotes more discussion and interaction than is possible in large lecture classes. Your fall 3-credit course also fulfills a General Education requirement. All courses are taught by outstanding members of the AU faculty who are respected scholars in their fields.
High-achieving students who demonstrate the ability to participate in research early in their college career and who have a passion for social justice and community service.
Decisions to join the program must be made by May 1st.
Students admitted to American University must be eligible for merit-based or need-based aid as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. The terms of your financial aid are listed in your admission letter.
In the fall semester, you will take a 1-credit lab and a 3-credit General Education course. In the spring semester, you will take a 3-credit community-based research course. For more information, please visit the course descriptions. Six of the seven credits you take in the program can be applied to the undergraduate certificate in community-based research.
Courses meet a General Education requirement and will also count towards the requirements for a Community-Based Research Certificate. Cross-Cultural Communication counts toward the SIS major.

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Another participant in the CBRS program and/or a participant in the Honors program.
In their first year, CBR scholars will be expected to attend a fall orientation, community service events, and a Writers as Witness event. CBR Scholars will also volunteer for 20 hours per semester at a local nonprofit organization.
CBRS is a one-year living-learning community for first-year students. In the second year, you have the option to live with other scholars in a separate living learning community, be a peer mentor, participate in the Wicked Problem Challenge and take a seminar that is only offered to CBRS or AU Scholars students. You can also opt to enroll in the undergraduate certificate for community-based research to enrich your community-based research and service skills.
No. Merit scholarship is contingent upon meeting the requirements outlined in your scholarship letter.
Please contact cbrs@american.edu with any questions regarding the program.