The Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) connects students' academic work with their interest in and concern for the communities around the University. Working with local nonprofits, students develop research projects, collect and analyze data, and share their results and conclusions, not just with their professors, but also with organizations and agencies that can make use of the information. Working with CBLI, students can do community-based research in courses, as a summer research internship, and as part of their junior paper or senior thesis.
Although I love Princeton, I wish I had done more "outside the bubble". Through CBLI, I have learned more about New Jersey and local communities than I have during my past three years here! I am so grateful to those at the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and CBLI for helping me see the worlds that exist beyond the gates and how much we can accomplish by just stepping outside of them! ~ Hema Lochan ’16, Derian/CBLI summer intern 2015
"I felt that I was able to live what I was learning. The theoretical frameworks were no longer mere abstract concepts but an actual reality." ~ SOC 227 student
Submissions due Monday, May 8 at 5pm for the Dean Hank Dobin Prize in Community-Based Independent Work. CBLI annually awards this academic prize to the best thesis or junior paper which involves extensive research in a community setting and provides recommendations, new information and analysis, and/or other resources useful to the community.
Dobin Prize submissions require a short report that synthesizes your findings. To learn how to craft the report and share your findings with a wider audience, CBLI and the Writing Center welcome you to attend the 5/1 writing workshop. See the details and RSVP for the "Sharing Your Thesis with Activists and Practitioners" lunch workshop Monday, May 1 (12-1:15pm).
CBLI offers paid summer research internships with local nonprofits! CBLI develops relationships with local nonprofit organizations that have an interest in working with students to gather, analyze, and share information about their programs. The Derian/CBLI internship host organizations this summer are addressing a wide range of issues, including economics, education, community development, health, urban planning, sustainability, environmental conservation and the humanities. Hyacinth AIDS Foundation posted until 4/28 - apply through Handshake.
From your first semester at Princeton, through your senior thesis, your academic research can provide practical benefits for community organizations. Meanwhile, by working with them you will learn about the context of social issues from experts in the field and from people who are living the experience.
Independent Community-Based Research (JP or Senior Thesis)