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Undergraduate Engaged Research Program 2017 Recipients

The Undergraduate Engaged Research Programs expand participation and support undergraduate student learning through community-engaged research.

New grantees

Renewals

  • Advancing High Road Student Research: Social Sector Studies in Action
  • Community-Engaged Research in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve
  • Engaged Risky Decision Making
  • Rust to Green Binghamton: Living with Water Initiative


Empowering Coffee Farmers to Understand their Production Costs

If a major consumer product industry is going to be environmentally, financially, and socially sustainable, the entire supply chain must be transparent. Since 2016 , faculty researchers — with support from the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future — have been examining the coffee industry from the perspective of smallholder coffee growers and have identified the full production costs — from preparing the land to drying the beans. Now undergraduate students in information science are designing an online tool to help smallholder coffee farmers and cooperatives calculate these costs on their own. Using insights and feedback from stakeholders in Latin America, the students’ work can enhance the lives of millions of people who are often marginalized in large supply chain systems.

Team members

  • Gilly Leshed, Department of Information Science, Computing and Information Science
  • Miguel Gomez, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, SC Johnson College of Business
  • Joshua Woodard, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, SC Johnson College of Business
  • Community Partner: Fair Trade USA


Inequality Research Internship Partnership

Nonprofits can offer rich, meaningful, challenging summer internships. But, if an organization can’t cover a student’s living expenses, the internship is really only available to well-off students. This project supports two student research interns on the Measure of America project at the Brooklyn-based Social Science Research Council, expanding and diversifying the pool of students who can apply their knowledge of inequality and research skills to a real-world, policy relevant project. The interns — students from the minor in inequality studies — will deepen their data analysis and research skills, improve their ability to communicate research to the general public, and gain in-depth knowledge of inequality and poverty in America.

Team members


Renewals

(Read about them on the 2016 recipients page)

Advancing High Road Student Research: Social Sector Studies in Action

Community-Engaged Research in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

Engaged Risky Decision Making

Rust to Green Binghamton: Living with Water Initiative