This course gives students an opportunity to apply the knowledge they’ve gained about research methods in the classroom to a real-world research problem with a community partner. Take a look at some of the projects previously classes have tackled:

2017: Informing resilience planning for
Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council
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2016: Informing strategic planning for the
Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association
[Presentation | Report | 2-page History]

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2015: Encouraging composting in Corvallis for the
Corvallis Sustainability Coalition
[Presentation | Report]

Sustainability-Fair2013: Encouraging sustainable business practices in Corvallis
for the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition
[Presentation | Report]

What people are saying

“I was totally satisfied with the students’ performance.”

Annette MillsCorvallis Sustainability Coalition

“The course helped me to know what are strengths and weaknesses of particular research methods in a real-world setting.”

Anna KarmazinaStudent

“The project and presentation went really well and were a huge success. I only wish we could have more time or money available to directly develop some of their recommendations immediately.”

Robert MaugerCorvallis Sustainability Coalition

“I learned a tremendous amount of skills in terms of conducting social-science research and though the course was stressful at times with the amount of collaborative effort necessary to complete the project, I am happy with the end result.”

Saskia MadlenerStudent

“The whole experience exceeded my expectations. The students were engaged, professional, and met all of the project goals.”

Carly LetteroEnergize Corvallis

“The students all acted so professionally and were so helpful. Thank you all so much for such a great outcome!”

Rachel SnyderRepublic Services

“I think you might have just laid the groundwork to save the [Oregon Coastal Zone Management] Association.”

Terry ThompsonLincoln County Commissioner

“It was refreshing to be in a class where we stepped out of the ‘hypothetical’ and applied what we learned to a real world problem. We were able to prove ourselves as hardworking professionals and provide a product that our client actually utilized.”

Rianne BeCraftStudent

“When asked about the impacts of research, and the value of hands-on learning for our students, I will highlight this project [for Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council].”

Cynthia SagersOSU Vice President for Research