Summer 2021 Community Engagement Scholars and Fellows
Thirty-five undergraduates served as funded CEI scholars and fellows this summer, participating in applied research projects under the direction of faculty mentors. Scholars and fellows presented their work-in-progress through talks and posters at the zoom-based Undergraduate Research and Service Symposium on Thursday, August 12.
This year CEI was excited to pilot fellowships with its partnerships. One PAC fellow worked with Art Therapy Express and another explored how music educators can use alternative music experiences in their teaching. The Healthy Communities fellow worked on the establishment of a state-wide web platform to support emotional wellbeing and engagement. The Public Education fellow worked on a communication plan to create usable resources for educators on social justice and equity in the classroom.
CEI funded four Undergraduate Research Scholars with an applied research focus. These projects included two Participatory Action Research projects in Wilmington and projects with the Lenape Indian Tribe.
Many faculty mentored teams of scholars and fellows. Student teams served in the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up lab; assisted the Crow Tribe in developing a virtual archive and museum; developed a re-usable parklet for use in demonstration sites; led brain training sessions with senior citizens at local senior centers; and lead Terrific Tuesdays at Winterthur.
Individual projects included a collaborative research project with the Delaware Department of Corrections and setting the groundwork for bringing the LASER (Latinx Space for Enrichment and Research) mentorship program to Delaware. Students in the Wilmington Associate in Arts program partnered with First State Squash and the Dual School and a UDARI (UD Anti-Racism Initiative) scholar examined the experience of African American employees at UD.
This was the 17th year that undergraduates have received funding to pursue community-based applied projects in the summer. If you are interested in learning more about hosting an undergraduate student in 2022 contact Susan Serra. Student applications will be due in March.