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Service Research and Service Learning: Developing collaborative research and education between a university and a nonprofit. Amy E. Landis*, Kristen Ostermann**, Jason Monnell***, Chris Koch$, Maureen Copeland$$ *Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Pittsburgh **Graduate student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Pittsburgh ***Research Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Pittsburgh $Chief Operating Officer, GTECH Strategies $$Community Programs Manager, GTECH Strategies Abstract submitted to American Society for Engineering Education 2011 Annual Conference and Exposition June 26 – 29, 2011 – Vancouver, BC, Canada The principles of service-‐learning are expanded to create a model of service-‐research that is employed in a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh and a Pittsburgh nonprofit, GTECH Strategies. Service-‐learning is a well known strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction to enrich the learning experience by providing practical experience, to teach civic responsibility, and to strengthen connections with communities. We define service-‐research in a similar manner: research that integrates meaningful community service with research activities to enrich the learning experience of the service partner as well as the researchers. GTECH (Growth Through Energy and Community Health) Strategies is a nonprofit dedicated to fostering community and growing the green economy through creative community revitalization. GTECH Strategies nurtures community growth through green job creation and the elimination of blight, specifically through growing biofuels on abandoned lots within the city of Pittsburgh. Dr. Landis’ research team at Pitt is exploring the potential to utilize marginal lands for biofuel production and are evaluating the comparative environmental impacts of biofuels grown on marginal lands with other fuels. Naturally, a mutually beneficial research collaboration was formed. This paper describes a service-‐learning and service-‐research collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh and nonprofit GTECH Strategies. Through our collaboration, we employ service learning at multiple scales (involving communities, high schools, college students, and professors) as well as integrate research into service projects with the aim of increasing community awareness of research and higher education. Based on findings from evaluating our collaboration and student participation, we discuss a model of service-‐research for graduate programs.
Osterwood, K., & Landis, A. E., & Monnell, J. D., & Koch, C., & Copeland, M. (2011, June), Service Research and Service Learning: Developing Collaborative Research and Education Between a University and a Non-Profit Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18903
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