Action Research in Communities Program (ARC)
The Action Research in Communities (ARC) Program at the University of Houston is a collaborative effort supported by the Cougar Initiative to Engage and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards. ARC offers exceptional undergraduates with opportunities to conduct faculty-mentored action research based on service projects in the Greater Houston community. The goal of action research is continuous improvement, reflection and growth.
ARC is a one-year research program that allows students to focus on research stemming from past or current service projects they have participated in. Service projects can be in any field, and students from all majors are welcome to apply. ARC Fellows receive a $1,500 scholarship split between the fall and spring semesters in the program. ARC faculty mentors receive a $300 stipend. Fellows are eligible to apply for implementation grants of up to $750 to turn their research into action to serve the community.
Campus and Community Partners
ARC would not be possible without the generous support of the Office of the Provost, the Cougar Initiative to Engage (CITE), the Honors College, and our campus and community partners:
- Bonner Leaders
- Community Health Worker (CHW) Initiative
- Honors in Community Health (HICH)
- Advancing Community Engagement and Service (ACES) Institute
- Houston Food Bank
- New Hope Housing
- Shearn Elementary School
Please contact Undergraduate Research and Major Awards Director Ben Rayder, Ph.D., with any questions.