Participate in the 2022 Community-Academic Scholars Program

2022 Community-Academic Scholars Faculty Info Session

Sept. 28, 2021, Noon

Learn more about how the Community-Academic Scholars Initiative may be able to support your community-based research project. During the 10-week summer program, Community-Academic Scholars work with faculty and community mentors to complete a research project that addresses health, poverty, or social inequity. The Community-Academic Scholars Initiative supports the undergraduates with training, weekly meetings, and a stipend to offset the cost of housing and/or other living expenses during the program. A limited number of eligible projects will be matched with an undergrad scholar whose interests, experience, and abilities best fit the project. This info session will cover program benefits, project selection, and reflections from past participants.

Eligible projects

  • Involve an established partnership with a community organization in Champaign County. Community organizations must be non-profits or NGOs, and may include health agencies, summer programs for children, schools, organizations serving special populations, etc.
  • Address an existing need within the community related to health, poverty, or social inequality.
  • Investigate a specific research question (projects that include only a service component without accompanying research are not eligible).
  • Guarantee a position for a summer undergraduate research assistant.

Preference will be given to projects that allow undergraduate scholars to directly interact (in-person or virtually) with individuals served by the community partner.

View the 2021 projects

Matching scholars with projects

  • Researchers interested in having a scholar on their team will complete a form with a description of the project and how it will involve the scholar and community partner.
  • Student applicants will have an opportunity to learn about and rank projects of interest when completing the application.
  • The Community-Academic Scholars team will match each chosen scholar to the project that most aligns with their strengths and interests.

Learn about program requirements for scholars

Kevin TanKate Wegmann“The best learning occurs when it is experiential, and this is the value that we see in such community-academic partnerships. Such practice experience makes us better educators and researchers as we are more relevant to the needs in our community. Ultimately, we want to be doing research work that can be applied to promote the overall well-being of young people, their families, and their communities.”

Kevin Tan & Kate Wegmann
2020 Faculty Mentors