Engaged Curriculum Grants support courses, curricula

Fourteen new projects funded with 2016 Engaged Curriculum Grants are underway. With an additional eight teams receiving renewal funding, these grants involve 93 faculty and staff team members, 29 academic departments and nearly 60 community partners. The 37 planned and active courses are expected to reach more than 1,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

Proposals for 2017 curriculum grants are being accepted, as are proposals for other grants supported by Engaged Cornell.

The 14 newly funded projects are summarized below, with abstracts posted on the Engaged Cornell website.

Coding for All: Students in the new Intro to Computational Science and Engineering first-year undergraduate course will mentor Ithaca middle and high school girls and underrepresented minorities interested in computer coding.

Communicating Psychological and Brain Science to the Public: A new course will teach undergraduate and graduate students in psychology and science and technology studies how to communicate research and will partner with the Ithaca Sciencenter to develop new exhibits highlighting these disciplines.

Community-Engaged History: Faculty in the history department will create a curriculum to support undergraduate history majors in creating historical narratives of local and global communities.

Cornell Legal Research Clinic: The Legal Research Clinic at Cornell Law School will double its enrollment of second- and third-year law students and continue providing pro bono legal research services for nonprofit organizations, public interest attorneys, low-income individuals and startup businesses.

Environmental and Sustainability Communication: From Theory to Engagement: Undergraduates will learn the theory and research of communicating science-based information in preparation for a summer internship with a leading sustainability organization.

Financial Stewardship, Sustainability and Impact Investing: Using the Tools of Finance to Meet Social Needs: The field of impact investing will be integrated into the undergraduate finance curriculum as students will have field-based experiences with financial companies that specialize in sustainable investment products.

Food Systems Approaches to Food Safety: In this new course, graduate and professional students in food science and in the Master of Public Health program will improve prevention and detection of foodborne illnesses in New York state by investigating cases of contaminated food outbreaks and developing educational materials for food processors.

Food Systems for Global Health: Working with community partners, students in the Master of Public Health program will explore and begin to address challenges that improve the security of food and water systems around the globe by designing and implementing a public-health project.

Gateways to International Learning: An Anthropology Curriculum for Teaching Inter-Cultural Engagement: Undergraduate majors in anthropology will learn about the value of field-based learning and research for the study of anthropology and learn how to prepare for an intercultural experience.

Human-Environment Relations: DEA Engaged Learning from Local to Global: Students who take one of the four courses in design and environmental analysis will apply concepts they learn in the classroom to create effective design in a variety of community projects in Ithaca and in Honduras.

Interdisciplinary Accounting and Law Course Providing Specialized Tax Services to Low-Income Immigrants: Faculty will develop a series of courses that will prepare undergraduate accounting students and law students to provide tax preparation services to low-income immigrant workers in upstate New York.

International Migration Course: Integrating an Engaged Learning Component: Undergraduate majors in industrial and labor relations and undergraduate and graduate minors in Latina/o studies will learn about international migration by conducting research on farms in the region that rely on immigrant labor and by helping farmworkers advocate for improving their conditions.

Learning the Professional Practice of Entrepreneurship by Being an Entrepreneur: In Entrepreneurial Management for Engineers, undergraduate majors in biological and environmental engineering and undergraduate minors in entrepreneurship will develop a functioning aquaponics system that will produce vegetables and fish at a village for abandoned and traumatized children in Chile.

Seed to Supper: Undergraduate majors in plant science and horticulture will learn about the role of gardening in increasing food security and work with community agencies to prepare facilitators who work with residents to develop gardening skills. 

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