Community Based Research
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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: 2015 Application Form
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This Year's Funded Projects:
Title: Designing Culturally-Competent Health IT for the US Latino Migrant Farmworker Population
Student Researchers: Alexis Chaet and Bijan Morshedi
Faculty Advisor: Rupa Valdez
Community Partner: Blue Ridge Medical Center
We will explore patterns of technology access and usage within the Latino Migrant Farmworker (LMFW) community. Such patterns must be accounted for in the design of population-specific health Information Techonlogy (IT). Health IT provides a means of delivering health-related education, empowering patients to improve their health, and equipping them with tools to combat existing healthcare access barriers. This study will lay the foundation for creating health education and other technology interventions for the LMFW community in the subsequent academic year.
Title: Sanitizing Labor: Caste, Cleanliness, and Modernity in Delhi
Student Researchers: Jacqueline Cieslak and Alexia Koch
Faculty Advisor: Richard Handler
Community Partner: Sulabh International
This research will involve 10 weeks of ethnographic fieldwork with a prominent Indian NGO and a selection of their employees (toilet attendants) in Delhi, India. As the basis of a development program in sanitation, this research aims to determine how people differentially draw on notions of purity and/or hygiene to produce and articulate ideas of cleanliness.
Title: Site Observations Leading to the Design of a Summer Camp Housing, Jinotega, Matagalpa, Nicaragua
Student Researchers: Joshua Hadley-Goggin and Stephen Grotz
Faculty Advisor: Anselmo Canfora
Community Partner: Young Life
A team of two architecture students will conduct research to assist in the expansion of a youth camp in Jinotega, Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Focusing on issues of overall capacity, health quality, and topography, this research will result in the design of a new 64-person housing structure.
Title: Development of a Health Education Module for the Social Outreach Foundation
Student Researchers: Priya Khanna and Ishaan Dharia
Faculty Advisor: Rae Blumberg
Community Partner: Social Outreach Foundation
Working with the Social Outreach Foundation, a school for underprivileged children from the slums of Delhi, this team will create a culturally- and regionally- customized general health course module to be incorporated into the school's curriculum. The course content will be based upon pre-departure research of prevalent health-related issues in the area. The effect of the course on improving awareness of such topics will be measured through pre- and post-evaluations.
Title: Global Citizenship: Curricula, Pedagogies, and Community-Based Programming
This case study explores how high school students experience critical pedagogy and community-based service learning in a global citizenship course comprised of UVA graduate and undergraduate students as well as students from Charlottesville High School.
Student Researchers: Chrissie Monaghan and Rosa Waters
Faculty Advisor: Carol Anne Spreen
Community Partner: Charlottesville High School
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Selected Resources on Community Based Research:
Director of Undergraduate Research Opportunities