Community Based Research


The Office of Community Partnerships and the Center for Undergraduate Excellence are pleased to announce the 2008 recipients of the Community Based Undergraduate Research Grants. Launched in spring 2008, the grants are designed to support student projects that seek to connect public service to academic life through research. Community partners also write letters of support endorsing the proposed research project and explain how the results may affect the organization’s work.

Congratulations to the 2008 Community Based Undergraduate Research Grant Recipients:

Rhiannon Franck, 3rd year Biomedical Engineering. “A Statistical Analysis of the Medically Underserved in Southwest Virginia.” Community partner: St. Mary’s Health Wagon, Clinchco, Virginia.

Laura Harris, 3rd year Political and Social Thought and Biology, and Winta Mehtsun, 1st year Medical Student. “Cervical Cancer Screening in Senegal: Barriers to Care and Diagnostic Effectiveness.” Community Liaison: University of Dakar. Anticipated Partners: Dakar health clinics, Senegalese Ministry of Health.

Shokoufeh Dianat, 3rd year Biomedical Engineering. “Assessing Charlottesville’s Urban Farm as a Model for Improving Community Health: A Local Project.” Community Partner: Quality Community Council, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Previously Funded Pilot Projects:

2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

  • Title: “Development of Charlottesville and Albemarle County Human Services Budget"
    Student Researchers: Jose Fernandez, Dan Becker and Danielle Sewell, Department of Economics, Barbara Ouderkerk, Department of Psychology
    Faculty Advisors: Steven Stern, Department of Economics and Dick Reppucci, Department of Psychology
    Community Organization: Charlottesville Albemarle Commission on Children and Families

    Final Research Product: Human Services Investments for the Charlottesville Albemarle Community FY 2004 - 2005. View report (PDF)

  • Title: “Community Design and Engineering in Public Housing”
    Student Researchers: Alison Tramba, Carolyn Ferlic, Conner Gentil, Adam Matthews, Brooke Yamakoshi, School of Engineering and Applied Science
    Faculty Advisor: Kathryn Neeley, Department of Science, Technology, and Society
    Community Organization: Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority

    Final Research Product: Report on “Westhaven and the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority: Community Design and Engineering in Public Housing.” View report (PDF)