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Community-Based Research Scholars

Research with purpose.
Research with impact.

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Harrison, Amanda
Manager, Honors and Scholars Programs

Anderson Hall, Room 112

Community-Based Research Scholars 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

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What is CBRS?

The Community-Based Research Scholars (CBRS) program is a selective, first-year living-learning community that emphasizes responsible and meaningful service learning through community-based research opportunities. 

CBR Scholars will have a network of students, faculty, and community partners to help identify avenues to affect social change. CBR Scholars are trained in research methods, research ethics, and issues relevant to the participating nonprofit's area of focus. 

In the Fall semester, students will enroll in one of two foundational community-based learning courses taught by some of AU's best faculty. Students will also take a lab course that introduces them to the principles of community-based learning, community-based research, and the fundamentals of social science research.  

In Spring, students will deepen their classroom learning of community-based research through a large-scale project that will be co-designed with a major community partner.  

Currently, the CBRS Program extends invitations to incoming freshmen with demonstrated interest in community service, social justice, and research. If you are interested in getting more information, please call us at (202) 885-3879 or email us at

What is Community-Based Research?

Community-Based Research (CBR) is a partnership of students, faculty and community members who collaboratively engage in research to inform solutions for a pressing community problem, identify avenues to effect social change or evaluate program impact.

The research project is community-informed, collaborative and action-oriented. The philosophy underpinning this approach is that the community members are the experts and solutions to a social issue should be informed by the persons affected by the issue.