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Research Cohorts and Seminar Logistics

The Center for Engaged Learning Seminar will support multi-institutional research addressing and surrounding this theme over a two-year period, with two one-week summer meetings on the Elon University campus, as well as a third culminating meeting of a yet determined form.

  • July 13-18, 2014:  Working in multi-institutional teams, participants will meet on Elon’s campus to develop and plan research projects to be conducted throughout the following year at the participants’ own institutions.
  • July 12-17, 2015 (tentative dates): Participants will meet to share their initial results and to plan a more sharply focused research agenda for the research cohort for year two. These research cohorts will afford inter-institutional collaborations that enable larger scale studies and explorations of the impact of different institutional contexts.
  • July 17-22, 2016 (tentative dates): Participants will reconvene to share their year two results, to plan continuations of their work, and/or to host a conference on mentoring undergraduate research.

Participants will produce significant, concrete outcomes. Outcomes of the Center for Engaged Learning Seminar could include white papers, an edited volume, conference panels, individual publications, and/or a website gallery of cohort projects – as well as local initiatives on participants’ home campuses.

Participant expenses

Elon University will provide lodging and meals for seminar participants during the seminar's 2014-2016 summer meetings. In addition, each accepted participant will be reimbursed up to $500/year (up to $1000/year for international participants) for travel to the seminar’s summer meetings at Elon University. Full reimbursement policies will be distributed to accepted participants. Other participant expenses, including additional travel costs and any research costs, will be paid by the participants and/or their home institutions.

Travel and Accomodations

We will provide transportation to/from Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU) and Elon's campus for accepted participants. If you will be driving to Elon, please let us know in advance so we can arrange for a parking permit. We will provide additional travel information with acceptance notices.

AccommodationsElon University residence hall

We provide housing in Elon University's Colonnades A - Story Hall, a state-of-the-art residential facility. Participants will have air-conditioned single rooms; most rooms have private bathrooms. Towels and linens are provided, but participants will need to bring all toiletries. All buildings on Elon’s campus have wireless internet access. Participants also have access to the sports facilities at Elon, including the fitness center, racquetball courts, pool, tennis courts, and a driving range.


All meals and snacks will be provided (Sunday dinner through Friday lunch). Accepted participates will have an opportunity to note any dietary preferences.

About Elon University

Elon University is a selective, independent, private university renowned as a national model for engaged learning, along with excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs. Elon's beautiful and historic campus in central North Carolina is designated as a botanical garden.

About the Area

Elon University is in the small town of Elon, North Carolina. The town of Burlington is adjacent and Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh are all within a 1 hour driving radius.

The weather in July tends to be moderately humid, with highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s.