Community Research Program
About the Community Research Program
CRP is a two-semester program that offers leadership, research, and public policy training for students interested in working with Latino, Asian American, Native American, and/or African and African Diaspora communities in Massachusetts. In the Fall, students will participate in a seminar to study the process of community-based research and its methodologies, and begin to design a research proposal for an independent study with a faculty advisor for the Spring semester research project. The seminar will also include a Lecture Series where academic researchers and community professionals will discuss their current work and experiences on issues related to the four research-interest communities.
Interested applicants should submit the following materials:
A completed application (application link above)
A current resume
A current unofficial transcript
(Please create a MyBC account to access and complete the application)
- Latino, Asian American, Native American, African & African Diaspora tracks
- Year-long research seminar, including research methods
- Opportunity to conduct independent research under faculty guidance
- Small classroom environment, personal support & guidance
- Opportunity to present in public forums
- 7 academic credits (may fulfill requirements for the Asian American studies concentration, African and African Diaspora studies program or Sociology)
- Designed for cultural diversity credit
Students are required to complete all aspects of the program to receive a Certificate of Completion and course credit, which include:
Community Research Seminar
This year-long seminar takes place in two stages: In the first semester, students will study quantitative and qualitative research methods and develop a proposal for a research project on issues affecting the Latino, Asian American, Native American, and African/African Diaspora communities in Massachusetts. Students will 1) select a topic of interest, 2) conduct a literature review, and 3) identify the purpose and research method for a research project. The seminar will also include a Lecture Series where researchers, professors, and community leaders will talk about their current work and experiences on issues related to the four research-interest communities. Students will receive 3 credits upon completion of this part of the seminar.
During the second semester, under the guidance of a faculty supervisor of each student’s choice, students will conduct their research projects on an issue affecting the Latino, Asian American, and African/African Diaspora and Native American communities. Students will also attend a once per week 75 minute methodological seminar. Students will receive a total of 4 credits for Spring semester upon completion of their research project.
The program welcomes applications from students who meet the following criteria:
- Current undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors
- A minimum 3.0 grade point average
- Interests in leadership development, community involvement and scholarship
If you have any questions about the Community Research Program please contact Tiffany House at firstname.lastname@example.org