About ASR

What is ASR?

ASR stands for Applied Student Research and it is a great opportunities for students to take classroom learning to the real world. All successful applicants work under the supervision of faculty and staff while earning academic credit, gaining real-world experience, and developing diverse skill sets.

asr1While the classical education structure provides students with a foundation of knowledge in their field of study, it doesn’t necessarily engage them in community-grounded problems and the development of interdisciplinary solutions. ASR, on the other hand, is an applied learning process that focuses on a specific challenge faced by the community, and is supported by members of that community. It is driven by students, is guided by professors and community experts, and it draws on the research infrastructure of the university.





When getting involved in ASR, students are expected to take ownership of their project. They are charged with reviewing the existing literature on their topic, developing relationships with stakeholders, and addressing the community’s needs during the project period. Their work must adhere to academic standards of quality and add value to the pursuits and endeavors of their community client.


The faculty supervisor is responsible for overseeing the work of the student. They help develop a research strategy, give feedback, provide academic resources, ensure the adherence to academic standards, and grade the final product.


The clients can be individuals or groups from the community that benefit from the research. Their role includes helping guide the direction of the student’s work, contributing resources (eg. documents, building access), and reviewing the students’ final report.  A successful student project should provide research results that the client can act on.

Please use the drop-down menu beneath “ASR” to read about our current research opportunities!


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