Community and University Public Inquiry
leadership, collaboration, and research skills
- Work with
a small interdisciplinary team of upper-level undergraduate students, two
graduate students and a faculty advisor
the project you want to work on
- Receive independent research credits
CUPI is a collaborative research project that brings together 10 to 15
undergraduate students from different disciplines, two Sustainable Communities
graduate students, a faculty advisor, and a community partner. We aim to give
undergraduate students experience and leadership skills through applied
community inquiry, while focusing on addressing a community partner’s
identified research need. Undergraduate students receive independent research
credits that can be applied toward their major.
- Increase undergraduate applied and
interdisciplinary research at NAU.
- Engage students in issues relevant to the
Flagstaff community, while also increasing partnerships between the University
and communities in Northern Arizona.
- Build up students’ inquiry skills, research
ethics, and experience to help them in the job market or graduate school.
- Give students opportunities to collaborate,
communicate, and work across disciplinary lines.
- Enable students to recognize and understand
complex systems using interdisciplinary approaches.
- Foster and develop strong interpersonal,
listening, and leadership skills within students.
- Jabulani School Simulation: This pod
works with the College of Education to help create an interactive, online
diversity interface. Future teachers will use these profiles to become highly
prepared to work with diverse students in the future. CUPI participants will
apply theoretical frameworks to understand the perspectives of teachers and
parents in the Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) and use this information
to compile educational student profiles.
- Flagstaff Foodlink: This pod aims at
understanding local farmers’ needs and where they need support in order to
create a thriving local food economy in Northern Arizona. This research asks:
how can Northern Arizona have a resilient, accessible local food economy? CUPI
participants will likely visit local farms and meet with farmers.
- Northern Arizona Interfaith Council (NAIC):
This pod is interested in supporting NAIC’s work around issues that local
immigrant students face: what are the academic resources offered to immigrant
students in high school, and how could they be better supported in order to
attend college? NAIC also aims to identify universities and school districts
that are addressing the needs of immigrant students. Students will work in
collaboration with NAIC members.
- Grand Canyon Trust: This pod researches
water narratives related to the Colorado River in northern Arizona. This
project will include opportunities for students to go into the field to gather
data and conduct research.
If you are interested, please fill out this short application.