The Community-Based Research Scholars (CBRS) program is a selective, first-year living-learning community that emphasizes responsible and meaningful service learning through community-based research opportunities.
"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
- 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.
Community-Based Research (CBR) is a partnership of students, faculty and community members who collaboratively engage in research to inform solutions for a pressing community problem, identify avenues to effect social change or evaluate program impact.
The research project is community-informed, collaborative and action-oriented. The philosophy underpinning this approach is that the community members are the experts and solutions to a social issue should be informed by the persons affected by the issue.
- 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.