Providing opportunities for students to learn by doing through research and public service
The University of Georgia has launched an initiative to provide all students with opportunities for experiential learning. However, at the RBC we have championed “learning through first-hand experience” since our inception. Students participate in every aspect of our work, gaining experience working directly with clients and partners. Many are authors or co-authors of RBC publications. Graduate students working with RBC faculty often choose applied doctoral dissertations or master’s theses built around client-driven projects. For example, Shannon Bonney’s work on transboundary water management institutions is being used by stakeholders in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin, even as she writes.
Undergraduates are helping us develop all aspects of our new Watershed UGA initiative. For example, interns from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication have developed and are helping to implement a comprehensive media campaign for that project. Graduate students from multiple departments are developing teaching modules that can be incorporated into different classes.