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Harrison, Amanda
Manager, Honors and Scholars Programs

Anderson Hall, Room 112

Community-Based Research Scholars 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

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Welcome to CBRS!

All admitted American University freshmen who were invited to join the CBRS program as indicated in their acceptance letters are eligible to enroll in CBRS. By enrolling, you secure your spot in the program and can select your fall course on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please complete the following steps by May 1, 2018.

How to Enroll

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Log in to your MyAU Portal

 The portal is available to admitted AU students. Log in or create your account, then navigate to Personalized Links and the Life@AU menu.

CBRS Reservation and Course Selection


Deadline for course selection is 5/3/2018. Placement will be determined by 5/18/2018.

More questions?

In your MyAU Portal

  1. Navigate to your Life@AU and look under Personalized Links.
  2. Click on Community-Based Research Scholars Reservation.
  3. Complete the reservation form by ranking your first and second choices for your CORE-106 CBRS course (see descriptions below).
  4. When you submit, you will receive a confirmation to your AU email address.
  5. By May 18, you will be notified of your CBRS course placement.

Fall CBRS Courses

 All CBRS students will enroll in IDIS-101 and choose one section of CORE-106.

CORE-106 What does it mean to be educated?
Professor Terra Gargano
What does it mean to be educated? There are economic, philosophical, sociological, cultural, and political perspectives surrounding the purpose of education and the pedagogical constructs that guide education. Yet, what it means to be an educated individual varies among cultures and is contextually dependent. Through various forms of storytelling, readings, guest speakers, blog posts, and debates, this course will explore interdisciplinary and international perspectives on what it means to be an educated individual.

CORE-106 Problem of Poverty in America
Professor Mary Ellen Curtin
This course examines the history of poverty in America, how perceptions of it as a problem have changed over time, and efforts made by the poor to address it.

IDIS-101 Community-Based Research Lab
Professor Jane Palmer
In this multidisciplinary course, taken by all first-semester CBRS students, learn the principles of community-based learning, community-based research, and the fundamentals of social science research. This course also provides students with training on topics such as diversity, privilege, team dynamics, public speaking, interviewing, and other topics designed to prepare students for successful community-based learning and research projects. This course includes community visits.

Spring Course

SPA-340: Community-Based Research
Students engage in research to inform solutions for a pressing community problem, identify avenues to effect social change or evaluate program impact with a local non-profit in the Washington, DC area. Students learn how to design a research study, collect data (surveys, interviews or focus groups), analyze data and present research findings to the non-profit partner. This course works with one non-profit partner for the entire semester. Past Research Partners: United Planning Organization, Maya Angelou Public Charter School, LAYC Career Academy and Thrive DC.