University of Vermont

Office of Community-University Partnerships & Service Learning

Seniors Champion Innovative Renewable Energy Projects

Tad Cooke and Erick Crockenberg are testing whether a cheap material readily available to many Vermont farmers—a waste product, in fact—can be used to heat a greenhouse at a minimal cost. The material? Cow manure.

In its early phases, their project was a recipient of a UVM Public Research and Civic Endeavors Scholarship, which allowed them to investigate compost energy capture at Bread & Butter Farm in Shelburne.

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Taking Service-Learning Further

Whether you have completed one service-learning course or many, there are opportunities to continue connecting your academic skills and interests to real-world experiences with community partners. Come and talk with us about finding the right opportunity for your interests!

Service-Learning Internships

A service-learning internship is an internship tied to an academic service-learning course. Several departments offer internships as part of a service-learning course: Sociology, RSENR, Human Development & Family Studies. Others offer senior capstone SL courses (Engineering, RSENR). If your department does not offer one, you can take EDSS 239: Service-Learning Internship for variable credit, offered spring, fall and summer. These courses allow you to pursue an internship with a community partner, while engaging in structured reflection connected to your major.

Community-Engaged Research

You can engage in research in collaboration with a community partner, and win funding or earn academic credit! CUPS and the Office of Undergraduate Research offer summer scholarships for community-based research with a community partner. (See the sidebar for an example!)

Service-Learning in Study Abroad

Coming soon!

Last modified November 15 2013 12:46 PM