Colorado Campus Compact Awards First Round of Scholarship of Engagement Grants
Colorado Campus Compact is pleased to announce this fall's Scholarship of Engagement grant recipients. CCC awarded three mini grants of $750 to support the following projects:
The Influence of High Molecular Weight Polymners in Biosolids on the Presence and Fate of Anthropengenic Organic Compounds and Nutrients
Proposed by Dr. Chad Kinney, Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University-Pueblo
Synopsis: The use of high molecular weight polymers (HNWP) to dewater biosolids (sewage sludge) prior to land application of the biosolids as a nutrient- and organic carbon-rich fertilizer may have wide ranging effects. This project is designed to determine the effects of HWMP in biosolids on the presence and availability of nurtients and anthropengenic organic contaminants. Availability of nutrients and anthropengenic organic contaminants can potentially influence crop productivity, crop contamination, ground and surface water contamination, and therefore biosolids management practices.
Trauma History and Symptoms among Women Involved in Domestic Human Trafficking
Proposed by Dr. Anne DePrince, Department of Psychology, University of Denver
Synopsis: This proposal addresses a growing criminal justice and public health problem: domestic human trafficking, which involves the transportation of adult women across state lines for the purposes of sexual exploitation. The Denver District Attorney's Office has voiced an urgent need to understand victims' larger trauma history and trauma-related symptoms in order to provide effective victim advocacy during the criminal justice process and to coordinate aftercare. This project implements a research protocol to learn about victims trauma histories and symptoms as well as service needs. The research will then be used to inform developing policy and practice.
Digital Storytelling: Pairing Academic and Professional
Proposed by Dr. Mary P. Sheridan and Ms. Caitlin White, Department of English, University of Wyoming
Synopsis: This proposal restructures an existing English course, Writing for the Web, as a service-learning course. Students will use aspects of digital storytelling to address the needs of two service organizations, I Love Life Laramie Breast Cancer Support Group and the UW Office for Service, Leadership and Community Engagement. Students will practice digital storytelling skills by creating web-based resources for the organizations and then teach organization members how to continue to build upon these resources and tell their own stories. Stakeholders and students will reflect throughout the semester using a class blog, among other activities.