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Scholar Shop

What is the Scholar Shop?

The Scholar Shop connects community organizations with students and faculty to address public problems through research and/or creative work. Each Scholar Shop project is unique, based on the research question/project proposed by the community organization and the student and/or faculty partner. 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.

Scholar Shop projects can include analyzing data, conducting a program evaluation, producing a brochure, creating written reports, developing curriculum, among others.

To learn more about current Scholar Shop projects and partners, click here


Community organizations complete a brief Scholar Shop Interest Form. Upon receiving the interest form, a Scholar Shop Affiliate will work with the community organization to fine-tune project ideas and identify relevant students and faculty for potential collaboration. Once a team has been "matched" for the project, the work can begin!

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Please note, this program does not match organizations with volunteers to complete community service; if you are looking for student volunteers, please fill out the Volunteer Opportunity Request Form instead of the Scholar Shop Interest Form.

What is the Life Cycle of a Scholar Shop Project?

While each Scholar Shop project is unique, here is a basic trajectory:

Assembly of the Team

After community organizations submit initial questions/ideas through the Scholar Shop Interest Form, the Scholar Shop Affiliate will meet with the community organization to explore potential collaboration. With a better idea of the organization's research/project goals and desired timeline, the Scholar Shop Affiliate will seek out a student and faculty member with relevant academic experience and interest.

  • For Community Organizations:
    • In order to better understand the needs and desired outcomes of your research question/project, Scholar Shop asks that you provide a contact person for this collaboration. This person must meet initially with a Scholar Shop Affiliate and be available to answer questions the student/faculty member may have in order to proceed with the work.
  • For Students:
    • Student-led projects must be linked to credit-bearing courses and the work must be mentored by a faculty advisor.
    • For student-led projects (with faculty supervisors), students may be eligible to apply for a Scholar Shop Student Grant (up to $250) for project-related costs (see Scholar 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).
    • Students participating in Scholar Shop projects will have access to a variety of support to aid with successful completion of the project. For more information about this support, contact
  • For Faculty:
  • For Scholar Shop Affiliates:
    • Scholar Shop Affiliates are undergraduate and graduate students who are Community Engaged Fellows with DU's CCESL program. These Fellows represent a wide range of academic disciplines and are trained to provide support to Scholar Shop project teams. Click here for more information about CCESL Fellows.

Planning the Project

In order to encourage careful planning in all collaborations, student-led Scholar Shop projects require the development of a Scholar Shop Project Plan Form (PDF) which includes a timeline and projected outcomes, made in collaboration with the team. All team members must sign off on the plan before work on the project can begin.

Doing the Project

The team is responsible for carrying out the project as planned. The Scholar Shop Affiliate 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 deliver the project or research to the community organization. The community organization, student, and faculty member may be invited to an interview with the Scholar Shop Affiliate for an article on the project for publication in DU's Public Good Impact Newsletter.

We ask that the community partner, student, and faculty member complete a brief survey on the impact of this project on the community. The Community-University Partnership Survey takes less than 15 minutes and helps us track the impact of community-DU partnerships.


To learn more, please contact Scholar Shop at


Note: CCESL programs, including this one, undergo an antiracist, anti-oppression review at least annually. In 2020, the review process led to revision of the community partner interest form, new opportunities for Scholar Shop partners, and more inclusive outreach language.


Last updated: 9/4/2020