IHSI’s Community-Academic Scholars Initiative matches University of Illinois undergraduate students with community-based research projects for a supportive 10-week summer research experience. 

Community-Academic Scholars InitiativeEngaging in community-focused research

Scholars from disciplines across campus work with a faculty 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 surveys, program evaluations, needs assessments, or any other research project that interests the organization and a faculty member.

Become a Community-Academic Scholar

If you are an undergraduate student interested in making an impact through community-based research, visit the scholar information page for eligibility and program details.

Become a Faculty Mentor 

The project submission period for Summer 2021 is now closed. To learn more about participating in future programming, please review the faculty mentor page for details. 

Become a program collaborator

If you are interested in getting involved with the Community-Academic Scholars Initiative or collaborating on future programs, contact Emily Stone.