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CCEL Service-Learning Mini-Grants Program

The Center for Community-Engaged Learning (CCEL) mini-grant is intended to directly support activities related to developing, implementing or expanding community-engaged learning opportunities for MSU students, 4-H youth, or Extension clientele. Community-engaged learning integrates meaningful community service into academic course or Extension programs using experiential learning and critical reflection to enrich the educational experience, teach civic responsibility, and meet the needs of a community.

Applicants may request up to $500 for course or project support. Preference will be given to projects that directly impact the expansion and support of community-engaged learning opportunities for MSU students or 4-H youth addressing critical community needs.

Eligibility: Any Mississippi State University faculty member or Extension personnel is eligible to receive a mini-grant. Funding must be spent by the end of the 2018 fiscal year and cannot be used to pay for student or faculty salaries. Recipients must also complete a year-end project report documenting how funds were spent.

Deadline: Applications are due March 31st, 2017. Award announcements will be made May 5th, 2017.

CCEL Mini-Grant Application 2017-2018

[-] 2016 - 2017 service-learning scholarships

Instructor: Dr. Cooper Brookshire

Academic Department: Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine

Project Description:
Dr. Brookshire received a mini-grant to use with his Population Medicine course (CVM 5273). Eight veterinary students visited Hough Dement Animal Shelter in Indianola, Mississippi to observe and provide consultation on biosecurity and sanitation. Shelter employees gave the students a tour of the facility and asked them to evaluate current protocols. Students then returned to make recommendations and provide demonstrations. Mini-grant funds paid the fuel costs for the trips and there were enough funds left to purchase a new disinfection system for the shelter. Finally, Dr. Brookshire and the student team created a reference manual of their work and presented it to the HDAS staff.

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Instructor: Ms. Kim Walters

Academic Department: Mathematics & Statistics

Project Description:
Ms. Walters used her mini-grant award to support a partnership with the first grade classes at Starkville’s Sudduth Elementary. Her MA 1413: Structure of the Real Number System students planned and implemented a First Grade Math Fun Day. MA 1413 is a required course for Elementary Education majors and this project gave them a real-world experience in working with primary grade students on their math skills. The MSU students created math games that would test and enhance the first graders skills. Both sets of students were able to play the games and learn together while having fun. Mini-grant funds allowed for the purchase of materials to build the games. Additionally, the games were sturdy enough to leave with the teachers at Sudduth so they could continue to use them with their students.

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[+] 2015 - 2016 service-learning scholarships

[+] 2014 - 2015 service-learning scholarships