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Community-Based Research Scholars

CBL students at service day activity

"Having done actual research that involved qualitative and quantitative components as a freshman is really amazing and has already started to open doors for me...I think that having faculty mentors who are committed to you not only makes the transition to college easier, but also has helped me expand my networking skills..."

-2014-2015 CBR Scholar


About the CBRS Program

The Community-Based Research Scholars (CBRS) program is a selective, two-year living-learning community that emphasizes responsible and meaningful service learning through community-based research opportunities.  

Housed in Hughes Hall, the CBRS program is a selective, two-year living-learning community for scholars to learn how to conduct research to inform community solutions for pressing social problems. CBR Scholars will have a network of students, faculty, and community partners to help identify avenues to effect social change. CBR Scholars are trained in research methods, research ethics, and issues relevant to the participating nonprofit's area of focus.

In the Fall semester, students will enroll in one of three foundational community-based learning courses taught by some of AU's best faculty. Students will also take a lab course that introduces them to the principles of community-based learning, community-based research, and the fundamentals of social science research.

In Spring, students will deepen their classroom learning of community-based research through a large-scale project that will be co-designed with a major community partner.

Currently, the CBRS Program extends invitations to incoming freshmen with demonstrated interest in community service, social justice, and research. If you are interested in getting more information, please email: cbrs@american.edu