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By Ashlee McGandy
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  • Lab of Ornithology
  • Animal Science
  • Department of Global Development
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Food Science
  • Department of Communication

Fourteen teams of faculty and community partners have received Engaged Research Grants from the Office of Engagement Initiatives to increase undergraduate involvement in research that strengthens the well-being of communities.

“By combining two of our previous funding opportunities (Engaged Undergraduate Research Grants; Grants for Faculty Research on Engagement) we are able to support teams that are exploring the public purpose of their research, whether they’re just getting involved in community-engaged research or have longstanding programs that are poised for deeper evaluation,” said Amanda Barrett Wittman, associate director for community-engaged curriculum and strategy in the Office of Engagement Initiatives.

There are two types of Engaged Research Grants:

  • “Public purpose research grants,” meant to introduce community partner participation into scholarship and expand opportunities for undergraduates to play a meaningful role in the research; and
  • “Impact grants,” which support scholars with an existing community-engaged research agenda that are ready to scale student and community partner participation and evaluate the long-term impact of their programs.

Seven newly funded projects include 10 faculty from eight academic departments working with 13 community partners. Seven existing projects received renewed funding, as well.

“This mix of projects shows how diverse community-engaged research can be — that it can happen across the university,” said Wittman. “There are teams focused on the arts, natural sciences, public health and community development, with community partners from government, nonprofits, Cornell Cooperative Extension and more.”

New public purpose research grant projects:

New impact grant projects are:

  • The Quagmire of Deer Management: Assessing impacts and public attitudes about deer populations in Tompkins County municipalities; and
  • Age-Friendly Communities: Promoting a multigenerational approach through engagement with critical community partners at the local, state and national levels.

The seven projects receiving renewed funding are:

Visit the Engaged Cornell website to learn more about each project.

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

This article also appeared in the Cornell Chronicle.

Header image: Photo by Chris Kitchen

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