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The Engaged Scholarship Initiative

At Penn State, engaged scholarship is defined as out-of-classroom academic experiences that complement in-classroom learning. Members of the University community are working on ways to elevate the role of engaged scholarship in undergraduate education and to create more opportunities for students to have such experiences.

We invite you to learn more by exploring this site, attending an event, talking to your peers and colleagues, connecting with College and campus resources, and contacting us. We also invite you to contribute to this site by sharing examples, additional resources, and more. Please contact us with your contributions, questions, or suggestions.

16th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium

Engaged Scholarship: Advancing Rigor, Elevating Impact

Join us in September for the 16th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference. This year, Penn State will host students, faculty, staff, and administrators from institutions throughout the United States and the world to further the engaged scholarship discussion.

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SIA students gain experience through one of a kind experimental mediation class

May 13, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Does a mediator with power, or maybe even bias, produce better or worse conflict resolution? Penn State School of International Affairs students studied that question firsthand in Professor Scott Sigmund Gartner‘s Experimental Mediation class (INTAF 597B) through an experimental simulation.

Students conceptualized the study, created and implemented a computer questionnaire, recruited subjects, conducted the study, compiled the results, created a presentation for conferences, and co-authored a paper to submit for publication. This year, the project has been accepted for presentation at the Folke Bernadotte Academy Workshop on Conflict Prevention. Gartner will present the project in June at the workshop held in Stockholm, Sweden.

Read the official story on Penn State News.


Engineering students will travel to Peru as part of Pathways Fellows program

May 11, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Jordan Smith, of Frederick, Maryland, is excitedly nervous for his trip to Peru. He has spent the past year learning Spanish and about Peruvian culture, in addition to taking the regular sophomore mechanical engineering course load.

Smith and 10 of his College of Engineering peers are leaving for Peru this month to attend classes at the Universidad de ESAN (UESAN) in Lima and work on an electrical engineering project with their Peruvian peers at the university.

Read the official story on Penn State News.


Penn State Mont Alto students improve health care services at local nonprofit

May 6, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — During spring 2015, Penn State Mont Alto nursing and information sciences and technology students collaborated on a capstone project to help improve the quality of services Waynesboro Community and Human Services (WCHS) can provide through an updated website and secure portal. The project was presented to WCHS administrators and board members April 30.

Located in Waynesboro, WCHS is a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of human services for underserved residents living within the Borough of Waynesboro and more recently, Washington Township, due to a grant from Summit Endowment.

Read the official story on Penn State News.


Carnegie CEC sealPenn State recognized by Carnegie Foundation for community engagement efforts

January 7, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As a result of Penn State’s far-reaching community partnerships, including cancer prevention efforts in Appalachia and sustainable greenhouse design and production in Africa, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected the University for its 2015 Community Engagement Classification.

The classification recognizes “excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy engagement,” according to the Carnegie Foundation. Some 361 U.S. colleges and universities have earned the classification.

Read the official story on Penn State News.

View Penn State’s official application and supporting documents on our Resources page.


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