Empowering students through community-based research
IHSI’s Community-Academic Scholars Initiative offers University of Illinois undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue community-based research projects in Urbana-Champaign over the summer.
Scholars from disciplines across campus work with an academic mentor and a mentor from a community organization to address critical issues related to health, poverty, and/or social inequality. Each scholar will contribute to a research project designed to directly benefit community members served by the partner organization. This includes research projects, surveys, program evaluations, needs assessments, or similar projects.
During the 10-week program, students develop applied research skills for measuring and maximizing impact in their work. Scholars come together each week for a coffee hour and facilitated discussion. Invited speakers provide practical guidance to the group, covering topics such as:
- Careers in research
- Conducting research in community settings
- The value of team-based science
- Presenting research to different audiences
The program concludes with students showcasing their work at a final awards ceremony.
Submit your interest
Submit a brief interest form to receive updates about the 2022 application cycle.
Get eligibility, application, and program details to make an impact this summer.
Invite a scholar to join your community-based research project.
Get involved with the Community-Academic Scholars Initiative and collaborate on future programs.
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Scholar Impact Stories
“I learned a lot about myself, more about the research process and types of research from the keynote speakers we had, and how valuable the information I have collected can be towards helping underserved populations and those in need.”
“Working on this project has allowed me to be more connected to the Champaign-Urbana community as it has allowed me to interact with the people, and more importantly, the kids that will make up this community in the future.”