Community-Based Research Scholars

CBL students in classroom

AU Statement of Common Purpose

"Its commitment to social justice, its ability to respond to the needs of a changing world while retaining its core values, and its capacity to turn to educational advantage the resources of the nation's capital are hallmarks of the institution."


About the CBRS Program

At American University, community engagement is consistently promoted and integrated throughout the student, faculty, and staff experience. The Community-Based Research Scholars Program is a living-learning community for exceptional students with a demonstrated interest and commitment to forming partnerships with community agencies and organizations so that they can work together to make research-informed contributions. Participants will receive a merit scholarship and will join a 40-member living-learning community in Hughes Hall with other talented students who share academic interests and experience in community service.

In August 2014, as part of Welcome Week, scholars will participate in AU's hallmark Freshman Service Experience (FSE).

In Fall 2014, students will enroll in one of three foundational community-based learning courses taught by some of AU's best faculty.

In Spring 2015, under the guidance of a faculty team, students will practice, re-examine, and deepen their classroom learning of community-based research through a large-scale project that will be co-designed with a major community partner.