Education and Action Research

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Educational Courses at the University

Our education program advances the Center’s mission through learning, teaching, action research and reflection. The education program leverages the unique learning asset of the GSBI alumni network of 200+ social enterprises for SCU faculty and students, and the broader Jesuit educational network. The Center shares lessons learned about social entrepreneurship through its student fellowships, dedicated classes, research grants, and collaboration with scholars at Jesuit and other leading universities. The Center plays several key roles in differentiating Santa Clara University by (i) advancing interdisciplinary research and education about the application of science and technology in service to humanity, and (ii) fostering critical reflection on the vocation of science and engineering in our globalizing world.
  • iconThe Global Social Benefit Fellowship

    The Global Social Benefit Fellowship provides a comprehensive program of mentored, field-based study and action research for undergraduate juniors within the GSBI worldwide alumni network of social entrepreneurs. The fellowship combines a 7-week summer field experience in the developing world with two quarters of academically rigorous research. This is the Center’s flagship educational program, and provides practical action research opportunities for students to investigate how social enterprises provide essential goods and services in emerging economies. From their field research, fellows acquire a depth of understanding about how frugal innovation technologies are being used in the developing world. The fellowship provides a unique learning opportunity for engineering students to understand the role of technologies in sustainable economic development. Faculty research mentors support student research in their particular discipline. This fellowship emphasizes leadership development, personal growth in self-awareness, and reflection on one's vocation.
  • iconThe Willem P. Roelandts and Maria Constantino-Roelandts Grant Program

    The Willem P. Roelandts and Maria Constantino-Roelandts Grant Program in Science and Technology for Social Benefit, administered by the Center, supports faculty and student research across campus. Over the past four years, the Center has awarded roughly $200,000 in research funding, science, engineering and social science faculty and students, especially for frugal innovation projects. Through this grants program the Center fosters shared research and learning among the social entrepreneurship movement and the campus community.

  • iconUndergraduate Honors

    In partnership with the University Honors Program, the Center offers two honors courses: Technology for Social Justice (lower division), and Entrepreneurship for Social Justice (upper division). The curricula of these classes draw lessons and examples from the GSBI Network and from Frugal Innovation to demonstrate how technological innovation and entrepreneurship can serve the needs of the human family. These courses are particularly popular with science and engineering honors students, and prepare them for research in social entrepreneurship and frugal innovation. In partnership with the School of Engineering and the Frugal Innovation Lab, the Center offers a graduate engineering course titled “Innovation, Design and Spirituality.”

  • iconSocial Enterprise Action Research Exchange

    (SEARX, pronounced “search”) is a framework for facilitating university-based action research in service to the social enterprise movement. Currently in pilot stage, SEARX will provide a key research networking asset to link the worldwide Jesuit university network with the social entrepreneurship movement. The Center is piloting this in partnership with our GSBI alumni network, but will seek external partners and resources to serve the broader movement. The SEARX will operate simultaneously on two scales, or two platforms, that organize activities by the Center, enterprises, SCU faculty, and external researchers. The enterprise platform will function, crudely, like a for practical research in service to the missions of individual social enterprises. The movement platform will facilitate research by academics into the broader issues shaping the success and impact of the social entrepreneurship movement.
  • iconSTS Course Development and Integration: Faculty Resource

    The purpose of STS in the core is to help our students develop a richer understanding and to develop the confidence and capacities to become leaders and citizens of a scientific and technological world. Learn more about the goals of STS undergraduate education at SCU, and the STS learning Objectives.

  • iconUndergraduate Core Requirement in STS

    Learn more about the undergraduate core requirement for STS and courses that will help you finish your major or minor on time.

  • iconSCU Fellowship Comparison Matrix

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