How To Connect

Research to Outreach

Grants Development: The Shriver Center provides support to faculty in the preparation of grants in accordance with various funding agency requirements to provide a community or service-based education or outreach component to their proposals. Sample projects include:

Weidong Zhu, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, GOALI: Dynamic  and Analysis of Complex Systems with Application to Elevator Systems, a proposal to the Otis Elevator Company.

Liang Zhu, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UMBC S-STEM  proposal to the National Science Foundation, with Shriver Center Director as Senior Personnel on the project.

Course Development: The Shriver Center periodically hosts workshops and discussions to share strategies and best practices for the integration of applied experience into course curricula. Also, the Center, at times, has small course development grants available to faculty for this integration. Recent examples include:

Faculty Development Workshops in Applied Learning:  The Shriver Center hosted  10 faculty/staff representing 9 academic disciplines and the Center for Art, Design, & Visual Culture. The workshop gave faculty the opportunity to learn about applied learning and then to apply what they had learned by enhancing an existing syllabus or creating a new one. (This workshop was supported with funds from the Office of Undergraduate Education)

Service-Learning Course Development Grants:   Dr. Tyson King-Meadows created and implemented POLI 309: Our Civic Voices as a partnership with Federal Hill Preparatory K-8 in South Baltimore and The Shriver Center.  Using material learned in a class on civic engagement and American youth, 25 UMBC undergraduates assisted Federal Hill Prep middle school students in learning about American government, identifying challenges in their own community, gaining a better understanding of government and the college experience through visits to Washington, DC and UMBC, and, writing constituency letters outlining public policy concerns, aspirations, and requests for services.

According to Dr. King-Meadows, ‚ÄúMy hope is that participants in Our Civic Voices (UMBC and the middle school students alike) will now look at politics, and their lives, a little differently–with more knowledge and with more determination to get involved. One can only affect change by knowing who governs what, why, and how.‚Äù Support for this project was provided by the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Service-Learning Course Integration: Cheryl North-Coleman and Nicole Williams integrated an outreach component in to EDUC 410/658:¬† Teaching Reading in the Content Areas, an integrated undergraduate/graduate level course. Students in the course served in 7 schools throughout the region.¬†Ms. North-Coleman shared that “working with the Shriver Center allows our Education students to serve schools where the need is the greatest. Students are often allowed to work with students in a one-on-one basis and often tell me about how much they are learning about teaching.”

Sponsor Academic Credit
The Professional Practice staff provides departmental support for developing, structuring, monitoring, and evaluating students’ internship, cooperative education, and research experiences. Our data indicate that each year more than 250 students enhance their internship, co-op, and research experience by enrolling in credit linked to their major.

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Position Referrals
Faculty members are frequently approached by outside organizations for referrals of students for employment. Faculty can forward information regarding potential research and internship/co-op opportunities to The Shriver Center. The Professional Practice staff can assist in recruiting qualified candidates to fill these positions. Recruiting efforts include the posting of positions on UMBCworks, our on-line database for student resumes and open positions; targeted emails; presentations to student groups; pre-screening candidates; and coordination of information sessions and interview schedules.

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Student Advising
As you work with students during their academic advising session, you can refer them to our office for an internship, co-op, research, or service-learning experience, and linked credit options.