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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

2016-2017 Community Engagement Scholarship Award Recipients

Community Engagement Scholarship Award Recognizes the Detroit Sexual Assault Kit Action Research Project

The 2016-2017 Community Engagement Scholarship Award was conferred on February 7 at the MSU Awards Convocation, an annual ceremony that recognizes academic achievements from across the university.

Psychology professor Rebecca Campbell and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy were recognized on behalf of the Detroit Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Action Research Project. The project comprises a multidisciplinary team of partners that also includes the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, Detroit Police Department, Michigan State Police, and Wayne County SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners) ... read more

MSU's Talbert and Leota Abrams Planetarium

Promoting Understanding for a Lifetime Under the Stars

"I think that engaging the public with science is one of the most important jobs," said Shannon Schmoll, director of Michigan State University's Talbert and Leota Abrams Planetarium. "There are a lot of misconceptions about science—that it's something only aloof geniuses do and it's not for the average person."

Schmoll's goal is to counter those misconceptions by showing, through the programming at the planetarium, that the wonder of science—especially astronomy—is readily available to everyone. "What excites me in particular about astronomy is that it is a very democratic science," she said. "Everyone can go outside and see the same stars, the same sun, the same moon." ... read more

MSU Priorities

Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

The Information Technology Empowerment Center TechTransport Bus

Mobile Technology Classroom that Propels Imagination and Learning

The Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) introduced a bus designed to bring technology to Lansing area learners during their TechTransport program rollout on January 25.

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are widely acknowledged as vital skills for preparing individuals to enter the 21st century workforce. The fundamental tools necessary for STEM education include computers, software programs, and Internet access, and those tools can be difficult to afford—or financially out of reach—for underserved populations. ITEC has developed the TechTransport program to address gaps in technological access that impede learning for economically distressed populations ... read more

Looking for Community Partners

Collaboration and partnership with communities are at the core of engaged scholarship. In all of its work, University Outreach and Engagement emphasizes university-community partnerships that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, systemic, transformative, and anchored in scholarship. If you are a faculty or academic staff member wanting to establish a community partnership, University Outreach and Engagement may be able to help you. Our staff and researchers have connections across the state in areas such as education, mental health, human services, business, and government. For more information, contact Burton Bargerstock, Executive Director of the Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship, at (517) 353-8977 or bb@msu.edu.


We would like to hear from you. Contact us with comments, suggestions, announcements, or "engaged scholar" project information for future e-newsletters. Send to: engaged.scholar@msu.edu.


MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement
This program prepares graduate students for careers that integrate scholarship with community engagement. It offers students a transcript notation indicating that they have completed the program.

Community Engagement Toolkits
Designed by the Center for Community Engaged Learning to guide and support MSU faculty, students, staff, and community partners.

Transformations in Higher Education: The Scholarship of Engagement Series
Available from Michigan State University Press

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