DURHAM, N.C. -- The U.S. Department of Education selected Duke as a recipient of a $454,403 grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) to develop a three-stage model for research service-learning.

The Duke initiative, “Scholarship With a Civic Mission: Promoting Intellectual, Ethical, and Civic Engagement through Research Service-Learning,” is designed to develop, implement, evaluate and nationally disseminate a model that will enable students to pursue research projects of relevance both to academic inquiry and to community needs and interests. Its goal is to foster intellectual, ethical and civic engagement among students and faculty on research university campuses and to show that service-learning and civic engagement can be integrated with the university’s mission to generate new knowledge.

Key project personnel for “Scholarship With a Civic Mission” include:

· Co-principal investigator Elizabeth Kiss, director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and associate professor of the practice of political science and philosophy;
· Co-principal investigator Alma Blount, director of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy’s Hart Leadership Program and a lecturer in public policy studies;
· Betsy Alden, coordinator for Service-Learning in the Kenan Institute;
· Mary Nijhout, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research Support and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences;
· Matt Serra, director of assessment for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences;
· Robert J. Thompson, Jr., Dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.

Duke president Nannerl O. Keohane endorsed the proposal with “wholehearted enthusiasm.” She wrote, “To enable undergraduates to pursue research projects that benefit the larger community, creating a continuous network of service learning opportunities from gateway courses through capstone experiences, would not only be consonant with our mission but, indeed, reflects our highest aspirations for helping undergraduates prepare for full participation as local, regional, and national citizens and leaders.”

The three-stage model includes:

· Gateway courses that introduce first- and second-year undergraduates to service-learning, ethical inquiry, and field-based research.
· Community-based research opportunities such as research-intensive seminars, faculty-supervised summer internships, and group or individual independent study projects.
· Capstone experiences, full-credit honors and research seminars that enable students to integrate what they have learned in stages one and two, and to create a substantial research product of relevance both to their community partner and to an academic audience. Capstone courses will be supplemented by opportunities for students to share their work with academic and community audiences through publications, conference presentations, and exhibitions

“In the past couple of years Duke has gained national recognition for the success of its service learning programs,” says the Hart Leadership Program’s Alma Blount. “Now, with the FIPSE grant we can develop this pedagogy by linking student fieldwork with the research agendas of Duke professors. Undergraduates will learn the rigors and discipline of research in communities, and at the same time critically reflect on the ethical, civic, and intellectual dimensions of their experiences. We believe this approach will help students develop leadership skills and a mature sense of themselves as engaged citizens.” The Kenan Institute’s Elizabeth Kiss added, “This project supports Duke’s new undergraduate curricular emphases on independent research and on ethical inquiry. We are excited about working with colleagues in a wide range of disciplines in bringing it to fruition.”

The overall budget for the project is $1,546,169, which includes $454,403 from FIPSE (29 percent of the total amount), and $1,091,766 from Duke University for direct and indirect costs (71 percent).