Astin Civic Engagement Scholars



How to Apply
Application Process

The Astin Civic Engagement Research Program consists of two steps. In the first step, students in their junior year apply to a 4-unit “spring training” course to develop their community-based research idea into a formal proposal. Students selected to participate in the spring training will receive $1,000 each.

In the second step, a select group of students who are chosen as Scholars will continue into the following academic year to conduct a comprehensive research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Scholars will participate in an internship with a community partner organization and enroll in a 4-unit academic course during both fall and winter quarters, and will then enroll in a 4-unit independent research course with their faculty mentor during spring of their senior year. Scholars will receive $2,000 per quarter of their senior year.

Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25.


Application Instructions

  1. Click on the application form HERE, and complete the Word document. The completed application will include a research proposal that addresses the following:
  • What is your research question?
  • What is the methodology you are considering for answering your research question?
  • What is the methodology you propose to use to collect data to answer your question?
  • What is your previous experience or familiarity with this topic?
  • How is this a civic engagement research project?
  1. Email the completed form to Doug Barrera.


NOTE: Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on February 13, 2015.