Applied Learning Opportunities with the Social Science Research Institute

Creating the next generation of community leaders through experiential learning.

The Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) is committed to enhancing the learning environment of students both within and beyond the classroom.  As students emerge from classes with a heightened sensitivity to social issues, the SSRI facilitates semester-long, student service learning projects at local not-for-profit organizations (NPO).   

Student applicants are welcomed from all four schools on campus. Through grant funding, selected students will receive a stipend for a 120-hour service learning experience at an NPO.  Decisions regarding the student's project, and the selection of the community partner, are made jointly by the SSRI Program Director, Eva Pearson, the student, and a representative of the student's department (if said student is receiving internship credit from their department).  Among the areas explored are immigration, education, LGBTQIA, homelessness, health care, environmental justice, and housing discrimination. However, student interest drives the final placement decision and new community partners are developed in conjunction with individual interests.

For more information, please contact Eva Pearson, Program Director of the Social Science Research Institute at

social science research institute

Eva Pearson, MA
Program Director

Thompson Hall, Room 106
Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

Last Modified 6/18/20