Astin Civic Engagement Scholars



How to Apply
Students who will have upper division standing in 2017-18 are eligible to apply to the Astin Civic Engagement Research Scholars Program. Scholars selected to the program 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. Students may be asked to enroll in a course in Summer Session C in 2017, so please indicate your availability to do so on your application. (Fees for this Summer Session course would be covered by the Astin Scholars program.)

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 an essay that asks the following:
    • As the Executive Director of a poverty relief organization in Los Angeles, you have been given unlimited funds to address poverty in your community. Please describe how you would lead your organization in taking on the issue of poverty from a systemic perspective Please submit your answer in no more than 500 words.
  2. Email the completed form to Dr. Doug Barrera. Dr. Barrera is happy to meet with any prospective applicants to discuss their research ideas.