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Service-Learning Showcase

The Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning (CCESL) invites students to attend the Engaged Scholarship Forum.  There, students will be able to showcase their community-based research work via posters, video and demonstrations. The forum will be held on Tuesday, May 5, from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. in the Vandervort Room.

“These projects are tangible ways that HWS students can collaborate with community leaders so that student research can become implemented to support community golas and objectives,” explains Katie Flowers, associate director of CCESL.

Community-based research and projects entail a semester-long commitment devoted to the exploration of a vital community issue. Students with exceptional initiative work collaboratively with a community partner and faculty sponsor. Responsibilities vary based upon the specific details within the proposal and will likely include independent research, weekly check-ins with community partner and faculty sponsor, and a concluding presentation or project at the Engaged Scholarship Forum.

In addition to student showcases, the forum will include the presentation of three awards to exceptional community partners, students, and faculty in recognition of outstanding contributions. The Community Partner of the Year Award is presented annually to the person/agency who has consistently contributed to the civic development and leadership of Hobart and William Smith Colleges students.  This award recognizes the inherent value of community collaborations and gratefully acknowledges the time, energy and interest invested in the student service experience.  

The Compass Award for Outstanding Engaged Student Scholarship is given annually to a Hobart College or William Smith College student who has excelled in either a community-based research project or a service-learning course.  The student’s work is academically rigorous and has a meaningful community impact. 

Additionally, the Provost’s Office and The Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning seek nominations for the inaugural HWS Civically Engaged Faculty Award.  Campus Compact defines a civically engaged faculty member as one who has demonstrated “exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students’ civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good.” 

Community Based Research (CBR) and service-learning are used in the teaching of many different subject areas at HWS. The types of community engagement used in service-learning courses ranges from tutoring, child care, and preparing meals, to developing and administering evaluation surveys for a local agency, designing the space for the local teen center or researching how gender affects the learning of students in Geneva.

CBR projects can count toward a student’s major (see course requirements) or as Geneva Collaborative Internship (GCIP 401).  Students interested in CBR projects can review the application , contact Katie Flowers in CCESL, or visit for more information.