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College announces new Undergraduate Journal

The Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research at Penn State Berks is pleased to announce the creation of the Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research, a new, refereed, multi-disciplinary online undergraduate journal. In response to a growing interest in the scholarly arenas of service learning, community-based research, and all related curriculum- and/or research-based activities on college and university campuses, this journal adds to the increasing number of scholarly journals on such topics and invites undergraduates to pursue their own intellectual projects and join the academic conversation.

The journal is open to all undergraduate students in the United States and across the globe, and it is dedicated to publishing intellectual and reflective work on service learning, community-based research, and all related curriculum- and/or research-based public community engagement activities, which may also be referred to as community-based learning, public scholarship, publicly-engaged learning/teaching.

The editorial team is accepting submissions in five categories: reflective essays; analytical essays; research conducted for a community organization in the form given to that organization, accompanied by a short, reflective essay; research articles; and an open category. Submissions for Volume 1 will be accepted from now through June 30, 2012.

For detailed information about the journal’s content and submission guidelines, visit www.berks.psu.edu/Academics/journal.htm. Please direct all inquiries and questions to the editor, Dr. Laurie Grobman, at LEG8psu.edu.

The editorial team is also seeking Penn State undergraduate students to serve as peer reviewers for the journal. Students who are involved with service learning, community-based research, or any related curriculum- and/or research-based public community engagement activities and are active in writing about this work are encouraged to apply. Interested students should contact Grobman at LEG8@psu.edu.

The Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research is supported by the Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research at Penn State Berks, formerly referred to as The Laboratory for Public Scholarship and Democracy at Penn State Berks or “The Lab.” As its name indicates, the Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research focuses on service learning and community-based research. Service learning is defined as a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Community-based research is one main form of service learning; the service activity, done in partnership with a community organization, is research.

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