Community-Based Research

Community-Based Research

Community-based research is a model of engaged scholarship in which students, faculty, and community members collaborate on research to solve pressing community questions.

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Connect with the Office of Research or search UW Bothell's research database to connect with faculty who are actively looking for student researchers.

Stories of Impact

An instructor sits in front of a whiteboard talking.Team Cocobot for Caregivers

Dong Si, faculty in the Division of Computing & Software Systems at UW Bothell’s School of STEM, is one of the primary investigators on the Tailored Self-Management Program for Caregivers of Children with Chronic Conditions (CocoBot) project. CocoBot is a chatbot that aims to detect how caregivers are feeling and suggest self-help options that respond to their needs. The first version should be ready in the spring of 2020 as an app for Apple and Android devices and online computers. Team CocoBot began work under a $50,000 CocoBot grant in Spring of 2019 and also include faculty from UW Tacoma and Seattle along with UW Bothell undergraduate researchers.

A woman and a child play next to a building under construction.Fieldwork sets groundwork for new St. Edwards State Park Research Center

Since 2011, more than 50 students have participated in an ongoing research project in the St. Edwards State park where they’ve measured and mapped infestations of nonnative English holly.
The fieldwork, led by UW Bothell ecology and conservation biology professor, David Stokes, has produced information for reports to the state and peer-reviewed scientific papers. Now, Stokes and UW Bothell administrators for research and community engagement are part of the planning committee for the new St. Edward Environmental Education and Research Center which will make more use of the park as an outdoor classroom and living laboratory.

A professor makes a presentation with studentsOuter Space and Outreach

The Space Public Outreach Team (SPOT) is a cadre of UW Bothell student researchers, led by physics professor, Joey Key, that provides free presentations about astronomy research to K-12 audiences. They work with schools and other groups throughout the greater Seattle area to present age-appropriate demonstrations, incorporating background information, exciting new research, and audience participation into a fun and educational show. In August 2019, UW Bothell SPOT partnered with Pacific Science Center to share their gravitational wave astronomy research at the Curiosity Expo – Gaming event and presented at Pac Sci summer camps.