The Community Scholars Program (CCS) is one of several research experiences for undergraduates (UR) offered each summer at UNC Charlotte. The CCS began in 2015 as a sister program to the well-established Charlotte Research Scholars program. Students (scholars) work directly with a faculty mentor and a community partner on an engaged scholarship project, participate in weekly professional development meetings with other UR students, and present their research findings at the annual Summer Research Symposium, the capstone event for all OUR programs.
The primary purpose of the UNC Charlotte Community Scholars Program is to provide students with an immersive engaged scholarship experience that strengthens the academic mission of the university, advances the public good, and addresses critical community needs. During the ten-week program, students engage in community-based learning and professional development opportunities while reflecting on the challenges and rewards of working for the public good. Students grow in their capacities as engaged scholars, skilled employees, and democratic citizens. The community benefits from deeper engagement with the university in addressing critical community needs.
Students who participate in undergraduate research are more likely to be admitted to and successfully complete graduate programs. Student community scholars have the option of working full-time (40 hours/week) or part-time (20 hours/week) throughout the 10-week summer program.
At the end of the 10-week program, scholars will have the opportunity to present their research in the Summer Research Symposium in a poster presentation format.