Community Based Research
2012-13 International Travel Form Guide
UVA Community Based Undergraduate Research Grants
Mission: Community based research seeks to foster collaborative partnerships between university researchers and the community, share knowledge among key stakeholders, and address social inequities.
Goal: Community Based Undergraduate Research Grants will provide opportunities for students to develop research projects that apply their academic skills, experiences, and ideas to real world problems. The grants are not limited to a single academic field. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged. Student researchers, under the guidance of a faculty advisor and in collaboration with a community organizsation, will identify a project that addresses a documented public need or issue. Student researchers will design a research project, adopt and deploy a research methodology embedded in an academic field(s), create a research product (paper, presentation, etc.) that benefits the community organization and meets expectations of academic rigor as agreed on by the faculty advisor and the student researcher(s).
Process: Awards will be granted on a competitive basis. Please see attached application form. A budget of anticipated expenses including travel, living expenses, research supplies should not exceed $3,000. If research is a team project that includes graduate students and other undergraduate students, then the budget may not exceed $5,000. An honorarium of $1,000 will be awarded to the faculty advisor.
Application Form: 2014 Application Form
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This Year's Funded Projects:
Title: Developing a Space for Emotional and Social Development for Students of Charlottesville's Adult Learning Center through the Philosopher's Club Model
Student Researchers: Elizabeth Bickley
Faculty Advisor: Jenifer Merritt, Women's Center
Community Partner: Adult Learning Center (ALC)
Elizabeth will work closely with the Adult Learning Center (ALC) in order to determine how best to integrate the educational curriculum model of the Philosopher's Club into the existing efforts of ALC. Philosopher's Club is a U.Va. Women's Center program that serves students from alternative school backgrounds, and this partnership will enable another sector of non-traditional students in Charlottesville, to enter into the emotional and social recovery that its philosophy-based curriculum facilitates.
Title: Environmentally Sustainable Tourism and Waste Management in Lhamo, China
Student Researchers: Christina Leas and Yutong Li
Faculty Advisor: Robert Swap, Environmental Science
Community Partner: Tibetan Sustainable Environmental Resources for Increased Economic Growth (TSERING)
A Chinese international student studying Environmental Sciences and Philosophy and an American student studying Anthropology will partner to research tourism and waste management in relationship to the Tibetan community of Lhamo, China. They hope to identify how and why visitors are contributing to an expressed problem with waste accumulation, and the potential to educate visitors on their environmental impact on the area.
Title: Meeting Health and Safety Requirements in Rosa Grande, Nicaragua
Student Researchers: Holly Mayton and Angela Liu
Faculty Advisor: Dana Elzey, Materials Science and Engineering
Community Partner: Bridges to Community
Holly and Angela are exploring the best and most sustainable ways that a locally established chocolate factory in a rural Nicaraguan community can meet required health and safety standards based on specific criteria, including health benefits, resilience, cost effectiveness, and labor intensiveness.
Title: Exploring Social and Environmental Benefits of Natural Construction in Kahare, Nepal
Student Researchers: Anna McMillen and Annie Plotkin
Faculty Advisor: Robert Swap, Environmental Science
Community Partner: Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation
This team will travel to Kahare, Nepal to further understand the process behind the Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation's (KRMEF) program of "Building What is On Hand" to create affordable, eco-friendly housing. Anna and Annie will also assess the social and environmental impact of this construction. They aim to use this knowledge to apply to other projects in other areas around the
world that face similar challenges with waste and environmentally friendly construction.
- Title: Comparing NGO Strategies for Empowering Women to Gain Land Titles in New Delhi Slums
Student Researchers: Kanchana Sthanumurthy and Neil Desai
Faculty Advisor: John Echeverri-Gent, Politics
Community Partner: Institute of Social Sciences
This group will work with the Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) in New Delhi, India, to conduct research in two slums determining which specific strategies of NGOs are more effective in empowering women slum dwellers to gain recognition of their property rights. The research will provide future NGOs the information they need to help provide lower-income women the agency to attain social and political empowerment.eets the needs and reinforces the strenths of the people in Limpopo Province, South Africa.
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Selected Resources on Community Based Research:
Director of Undergraduate Research Opportunities