Engaged Scholarship Funding Program

The Engaged Scholarship Funding Program assists College of Human Sciences and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach faculty and staff procure funding for research projects that focus on engagement, translate research into practice, and involve and benefit individuals, families, and communities in Iowa.

Current projects

We're In This Together: Strengthening Connections Between Iowa State Human Sciences Extension and Outreach and African American Communities in Iowa

Dr. Tera JordanLed by Dr. Tera Jordan, Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Studies

Focus: Use principles of community-based participatory research and engaged scholarship.

Project 1 - Black Hawk County, findings and recommendations for how to strengthen connections between Human Sciences Extension and Outreachand the African American community.

Project 2 - Polk County, results and suggestions to enhance academic success among African American youth.

Needs Assessment and Video-Enriched Workshops for Small Food Operations in Underserved Communities in Iowa

Dr. Eric OlsonLed by Dr. Eric Olson, Assistant Professor in the department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management and Program Director of the Event Management Program

Focus: Aid small food operations in Iowa. Small food operations typically face failure during the startup process as they may face challenges that can threaten their survival in early years of operation. A needs assessment with business experts (e.g., small business development center staff) to identify gaps in programming. Identified gaps are addressed through a half-day, livestreamed workshop including 15-minute TED Talk presentations and companion worksheets for entrepreneurs who are aspiring or striving to form a food operation.


Past projects

Literacy and STEM Summer Library Internship Program for Teacher Candidates

Focus: Build literacy and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills in children

Connie BeecherLed by Connie Beecher, PhD, School of Education, Literacy Education; Mollie Appelgate, PhD, School of Education, Math Education

Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Sioux, O’Brien, Clay and Winnebago Counties are participating in the project and providing funding.


Exploring the Feasibility and Effectiveness of Virtual Singing Groups for Iowans with Parkinson’s Disease

Focus: Use singing training to improve quality of life for Iowans with Parkinson's Disease

Elizabeth StegemollerLed by Elizabeth Stegemoller, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology

Calhoun County is participating in the project and providing funding.

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