Grants create engagement opportunities for students

The Office of Engagement Initiatives has awarded $1,307,580 in Engaged Curriculum Grants to 25 teams of faculty and community partners that are integrating community-engaged learning into majors and minors across the university.

This year’s awards involve 99 Cornell faculty and staff from 46 departments. The 39 community partners are from 10 countries; 11 projects are based in New York state.

Funded projects for 2019-20:

Applied Mathematics in ActionTransforming the applied math curriculum to prepare students for diverse career paths solving real-world problems.

Biomedical Engineering for Rural Health CareDeveloping a student exchange program with a college in Tanzania to spur the design of accurate, reliable and robust medical equipment that works in multiple contexts.

Bringing Specimens to LifeTeaching students to communicate scientific knowledge that promotes local diversity and inspires an interest in the natural world.

Climate-Adaptive Design in the CommunityClosely engaging stakeholders with a cross-course collaboration that inspires awareness of climate adaptation and design innovation.

Collective Leadership CourseIntroducing students to a leadership model centered on shared visions, aligned goals and coordinated actions.

Community-Engaged Learning in Emerging EconomiesPartnering with entrepreneurs, NGOs, universities and rural communities in developing countries to tackle challenges in business, agriculture and natural resource management.

Crime, Prisons, Education and Justice MinorExploring issues around the criminal justice system and incarceration policy through first-hand experiences with prison education.

An Endangered and Indigenous Language CurriculumPreserving, teaching and documenting endangered and indigenous languages in New York state.

Engaged Learning Curriculum in Global DevelopmentDesigning a community-engaged curriculum for Cornell’s new Department of Global Development.

Engaged Research and Learning at the Nilgiris Field Learning CenterIntroducing an intergenerational mentoring program and expanding language learning at NFLC in southern India.

Engineering Puerto Rico’s InfrastructureUsing community-engaged engineering to design for resilience during Puerto Rico’s reconstruction.

Expanding PRYDE Scholars Program ResearchActivating 4-H youth participants in PRYDE scholars’ research.

Exploring Science Aboard the Physics BusResearching, designing and testing new hands-on physics exhibits that engage the public.

Feminism and Social JusticeCreating new community-engaged learning opportunities for Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies students.

An Introduction to the Internet of ThingsDesigning Cornell’s first introductory course on the “internet of things”: Technology and Engagement.

Learning Through AdvocacyMobilizing students to combat the consequences of unemployment in the community through legal advocacy.

Minor in Applied Science Communication and Public EngagementPreparing students to be socially engaged scientists and expanding the pool of experienced science communicators working with local organizations.

A Model for Sustainable Resource UseLeveraging science and traditional ecological knowledge for environmental education.

Peace Building in Conflict RegionsEngaging with reconciliation and development efforts in Israel and the Palestinian territories and sub-Saharan Africa.

Policy and the Science of Climate ChangeBringing students to United Nations negotiations on climate change policy.

The Professional Practice of EntrepreneurshipTaking an interdisciplinary approach to social entrepreneurship by creating an aquaponics system for growing organic vegetables and fish in Chile.

Restoring Joint FunctionDemonstrating how biomaterials scientists, engineers and orthopedic surgeons can partner to improve patient outcomes.

School Gardens in Chile’s Copiapo ValleyPromoting agricultural sustainability and community resilience through school programs in rural Chile.

Sustainable Engineering in ContextBringing engineering students together so they can take a team approach to finding sustainable solutions to real-world problems.

Taking America’s PulseTeaching students advanced survey methods and analysis through a national opinion poll.

Ashlee McGandy is content strategist in the Office of Engagement Initiatives.

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