Faculty Members and Civic Research and Design
As part of
the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), the Office of Fellowships and
Undergraduate Research supports community-based faculty research and
design. We seek to identify
community-based projects that enhance/complement Rice faculty research and
design interests. We encourage faculty
to engage in civic research and design through the Office of Fellowships and
Undergraduate Research in two ways:
• Teach civic research and design
• Supervise undergraduate civic
research and design projects
Civic Research and Design Courses
research and design (CRD) courses are primarily upper-level undergraduate
courses that are built around, or include, a significant community-based
research or design project. Each course
must meet the criteria outlined in the course guidelines. Highlights of the
major assignment that is a community-based research or design project.
generation of a "product" that could be utilized by a community
partner. The product should be
appropriate for the subject matter. For
example, a CRD course in architecture might include a design project; a CRD
course in economics might include a financial analysis of a nonprofit; a CRD
course in engineering might include an analysis of flooding during hurricane
conditions; and a CRD course in humanities might include recording oral
histories of racial and ethnic group experiences. All of these projects would focus on the
possible, the major assignment should include interaction for students with a
community partner or the community at-large. This may include working with
community partners to help define the research or design problem, conduct the
research, and/or present the research findings.
structured process of critical reflection on the intellectual and civic aspects
of the student's community experiences.
public presentation of student work to campus or community audiences. This may include in-class presentations or
forums such as the Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium (RURS).
The scope and
nature of CRD projects will vary by class and subject matter. A list of current and previous CRD courses is
available on the courses page.
If you are interested
in offering a CRD course, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Vann, Associate Director
of Civic Research and Design, firstname.lastname@example.org, x3978.
Advising Civic Research and Design
Projects through the CCE Fellows Program
The CCE Fellows Program provides Rice undergraduate students from all disciplinary
fields the opportunity to work directly with faculty and community partners on
research or design projects that will benefit the Houston community. Through
the Office of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research, CCE Fellows receive a
stipend, program support, and, if needed, research space in the Center for
Civic Engagement. The CCE Fellows Program takes place over the summer. Fellows
are expected to work 40 hours per week on their research or design projects and
meet regularly with their faculty advisors and community partners.
Faculty advisors for CCE Fellows may
be identified in a number of ways:
faculty member who teaches a Civic Research and Design course, or another
course that includes a community-based research or design component, may
recommend that a student with special promise apply for the CCE Fellows Program
to continue or expand work begun in the class, with the understanding that the
recommending faculty will agree to serve as the faculty advisor should the
student be chosen as a CCE Fellow.
faculty member with an on-going or developing Houston community-based research
or design project who can provide opportunities for Rice undergraduate students
to participate directly in the research or design process may propose the
project to the Office of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research. Our office will then help to identify
students whose academic interests and knowledge and skill sets best suit the
proposed project. Although our office
works closely with the Rice undergraduate student body and is knowledgeable
about undergraduate student research interests and capabilities, we cannot
guarantee to match students with all faculty projects. Further, once prospective students have been
identified, those students must work with the faculty to develop a research
plan, and the student must submit a CCE Fellows application to be considered
for one of the Fellows slots.
student who has taken a Civic Research and Design course, or another course
that includes a community-based research or design component, and who has
special and enduring interest in the course material, may approach the faculty
instructor with a project proposal and invite the faculty member to serve as
the advisor, should the student be chosen as a CCE Fellow.
student who has worked independently or directly with a community partner on a
research or design project, and who is applying to the CCE Fellows Program, may
ask a faculty member with related research interests to serve as a faculty
Our goal is
to encourage community-based faculty research by supporting student
researchers. We hope the resources
provided by the Office of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research enable faculty
members to acquire outside research funds that benefit their research and their
If you are
interested in serving as a faculty advisor for a CCE Fellows project, please
contact Dr. Elizabeth Vann, Associate Director of Civic Research and Design, email@example.com, x3978.