What is the Science Shop?
The Science Shop connects community organizations with students (undergraduate, graduate) and faculty to address public problems through research and/or creative work. Students and faculty bring diverse academic experience and interests (e.g., business, law, social sciences, arts, humanities, engineering, social work, law, computing, mathematics, environmental management and more) to these collaborations.
Community organizations complete a brief Science Shop Interest Form. Upon receiving the interest form, the Science Shop Coordinator will work with community organizations to fine-tune questions and identify relevant students and faculty for potential collaboration.
Students and/or faculty identify project ideas for which they have relevant academic experience and interest. To learn more, please contact the Science Shop Coordinator, Tejas Srinivas, at email@example.com .
What is the Life Cycle of a Science Shop Project?
While each Science Shop project is unique, here’s a basic trajectory:
Assembly of the Team
After community organizations submit initial questions/ideas through the Science Shop Interest Form, the Science Shop Coordinator will facilitate initial meetings between DU and community stakeholders to explore the potential collaboration. Student-led projects must be linked to credit-bearing courses and the team must include a faculty supervisor as well as the community partner.
Planning the Project
While we encourage careful planning in all collaborations, student-led Science Shop projects require the development of a Science Shop Project Plan Form (PDF) in collaboration with the team. All team members must sign off on the plan before the student begins the project.
For student-led projects (with faculty supervisors), students may be eligible to apply for a Science Shop Student Grant (up to $250) for project-related costs (see Science Shop Student Grant Application). Additionally, undergraduate students may be eligible to apply for funding from the Undergraduate Research Center (URC), through the Partners in Scholarship (PinS) program (see Undergraduate Research Center Funding Opportunities).
For faculty-led projects, faculty may be eligible to apply for Public Good Fund Grants (e.g., for collaborations that advance faculty research and/or creative work) or Community-Engaged Learning Mini-grants (e.g., for collaborations that involve service learning in classes).
Doing the Project
The team is responsible for carrying out the project as planned. The Science Shop Coordinator will check in periodically and can provide additional support based on project needs.
Monitoring Project Results and Impact
At the close of each project, the DU team members must submit a short (500-700 words) article on the project for publication in the Public Good Newsletter. This short article should focus on translating the impact of your work campus-wide. Please plan to submit the article within a month of the end of the project for timely inclusion in the newsletter. We ask that the community partner completes a brief survey on the impact of this project on the community. The survey takes less than 15 minutes and helps us track the impact of community-DU partnerships. The survey is available here.
To learn more, please contact the Science Shop Coordinator, Tejas Srinivas, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: 14th September, 2015