What is Science Shop?
Science Shop is a forum for students to connect and collaborate with community organizations to do academic work that addresses public problems.
It encompasses work from diverse areas of study, ranging from the arts and humanities to social and natural sciences, as well as engineering and mathematics.
About CCESL's Science Shop
CCESL's Science Shop provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to use their academic skills to address questions and potential projects identified by community partners with input from students, a faculty adviser and the Science Shop coordinator. Science Shop projects involve a faculty supervisor and are linked to credit-bearing courses.
Community organizations with questions that might benefit from collaboration with DU's Science Shop should contact the Science Shop coordinator. Science Shop staff will work with community partners, students, and faculty mentors to facilitate matches between organizations and students to successfully address community questions.
We piloted a very successful Science Shop Project this past year (see Amber Morse's work with Project Pave), and are now ready to hit the ground running with newer projects. Community organizations have been extremely receptive, and we now maintain a growing list of research questions that are available for faculty members to inquire about, see Current List of Available Science Shop Projects (pdf).
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate in Science Shop?
DU undergraduate and graduate students interested in applying their academic skills to public problems are eligible to apply to work with Science Shop. Science Shop projects are undertaken to fulfill academic requirements (e.g., for a credit-bearing class or a thesis requirement).
Community organizations interested in participating will work with the Science Shop coordinator to ensure the scope and breadth of potential projects are a good match for student scholars. If you are a member of a community organization, we encourage you to submit your information via the Science Shop Interest Form. The Science Shop coordinator will work with you and students to facilitate a good match.
What kind of community projects qualify?
The Science Shop engages students interested in a variety of topics that span many majors and disciplines, including business, law, social sciences, engineering, construction, computing, natural sciences, mathematics, arts, humanities and others. Thus, we seek project partnerships from diverse community organizations.
You do not need to have a final research question. If you have a problem that you think could be addressed with student scholars, the Science Shop coordinator will work with you to turn this into a feasible project. As you collaborate with the Science Shop to develop a project, we will keep the following guidelines in mind: the project must be clear, ethical and feasible for a student (with a faculty adviser) to carry out with the support of the organization.
How do students pick research projects?
Potential projects come from proposals submitted by community organizations that cover a wide variety of topics (i.e., business, law, social sciences, engineering, construction, computing, environmental management and more).
Contact the Science Shop coordinator at email@example.com to learn about current projects or to propose a research question.
What does the process look like once students have selected a potential project?
Once a potential match between the student and community partner is identified, the student, faculty adviser, and Science Shop coordinator will work with you to develop a project agreement that details the scope, timeline, responsibilities, and deliverables for the project.
View the Science Shop Project Plan Form (PDF).
What is in it for us?
Students will gain valuable experience applying academic skills to address public problems in a collaborative relationship with a community-based organization. Students will carry out scholarly work with a community partner, applying what they have learned to the fulfill class or degree requirements. Students will also receive support from your faculty mentor, the community partner and the Science Shop coordinator.
For community partners, CCESL's Science Shop seeks to match community organizations with supervised student scholars. Students come from a variety of disciplines including (but not limited to) business, law, social sciences, arts, humanities, engineering, computing, mathematics, natural sciences, and others.
The Science Shop offers an opportunity for community organizations to benefit from student expertise and academic skills while supporting students to reach beyond the walls of the University. Community partners become co-educators as you collaborate with students to solve a problem of importance and interest to your organization.
What are community partner and faculty responsibilities in the Science Shop?
We ask that you work closely with students (and their faculty advisers ) as the project progresses. Specific responsibilities for students and community partners will depend on the type of project and will be laid out in the final project agreement among students, faculty advisers and organizations. There is no fee to community organizations to participate in the Science Shop.
We encourage faculty to use the services provided by the Science Shop in and out of the classroom. This program puts community-engaged research at the heart of the teaching and learning process. Faculty responsibilities will vary based on the project and program developed by you, your student, the community partner, and the Science Shop coordinator. If you're teaching a course and are interested in using the Science Shop, please contact the Science Shop coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to develop a plan.
If you're interested in learning more about the Science Shop at the University of Denver, please contact the Science Shop coordinator at email@example.com.