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: 2016 Application Form
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This Year’s Funded Projects:
- Title: Building a Community Center: Strengthening Tribal Connections and Cross-Cultural Relations
Student Researchers: Rachel Carle, Willa Sweeney, and Josh Wayt
Faculty Advisor: David Edmunds
Community Partner: Alive
In collaboration with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux tribe in Sisseton, South Dakota, this
team will prepare a well-researched and credible community center programming plan.
Our efforts are two-fold: first, to identify opportunities for economic self-sustainability
within the community center as a means to strengthen tribal sovereignty. Second, this
team will examine ways to create spaces that both strengthen tribal culture and remain
accessible to the geographic community beyond tribal ties.
- Title: Continuing Healthy Habits: Developing a Handbook for Outdoor Curriculum
Student Researchers: Caroline Herre, Vanessa Ehrenpreis, Maeve Curtin, Gina Digiantonio, and Grace Sheridan
Faculty Advisor: Eileen Merritt
Community Partner: Burnley-Moran Elementary City Schoolyard Garden
This study will build upon the “Healthy Habits” environmental after-school club at Burnley-Moran and further measure the impacts of the club’s curriculum through the development of a handbook. Healthy Habits aims to encourage environmental stewardship, healthy lifestyles, and physical activity through the use of a schoolyard garden and nature. To expand the program beyond just an after school-club and into part of the school’s everyday curriculum, we will develop a handbook and parallel online resources for teachers and staff.
- Title: A Holistic Approach to Expanding water availability in El Corozo, Dominican Republic
Student Researchers: Kelsey Hunt and Makayla Palazzo
Faculty Advisor: Jon Goodall
Community Partner: REDDOM
Following the success of two previous JPC projects, demand for clean water has increased in the community of El Corozo in the Dominican Republic. This JPC team will expand access to the existing pipeline and work to further increase the availability of clean drinking water supplied to the community, using a holistic approach that addresses specific community concerns.
- Title: The Entrevista y Educación Concept: Highly-efficient, multilingual, culturally appropriate education modules
Student Researchers: Dana Lueker and Meredith Stuhlman
Faculty Advisor: David Burt
Community Partner: UVA Guatemala Initiative and Charlottesville Latino Health Providers
To address the health disparities and inequalities that affect the Latino community, we will design educational modules on various health care topics that community health promoters in Charlottesville can then use. The project will focus on EyE presentations to be given at a variety of locations, including churches, shopping centers, and community centers, by community health promoters. We will assess the efficacy of these presentations by collecting data before and after presentations.
- Title: Motivational Interviewing for Nurses and Community Health Workers in Limpopo, South Africa
Student Researchers: Callie Johnson and Chris Winstead-Derlega
Faculty Advisor: Karen Ingersoll
Community Partner: Community Health in Limpopo (CHIL)
This project will expand on our established partnerships through developing, facilitating, and evaluating a motivational interviewing (MI) intervention for community health workers (CHWs) in the Limpopo province of South Africa. Responding to a community request, our team hopes to increase the use and quality of MI during CHW-patient interactions. This meets the project’s long-term goals to assess patient health outcomes as they relate to the burden of chronic disease.
- Title: Community Health in Limpopo (CHIL)
Student Researchers: Alice Xie and Aubrey Doede
Faculty Advisor: Cathy Campbell
Community Partner: University of Venda and Vhembe District Department of Health
This project aims to explore management of diabetes and hypertension in a nurse-led, community-based health center in Limpopo province, South Africa. It will evaluate and build on the training community health workers (CHWs) received from the 2013 and 2014 CHIL projects.
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Selected Resources on Community Based Research:
Director of Undergraduate Research Opportunities