About Service Learning

Service learning is an educational program that integrates community service with classroom instruction to enhance learning, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. For the chemical sciences, service-learning projects can vary greatly depending on community needs and an instructor’s curriculum. Projects can include lead testing, water clean-up, or classroom assistance in an elementary school.

Students, instructors, schools and the community all benefit from service-learning programs. Students learn how to interact within the community and develop a sense of social responsibility. Faculty help build relationships between the school and surrounding community. And the community benefits from the contribution of young chemists.

Student Benefits
  • develop a sense of social responsibility
  • develop communication, critical-thinking, decision-making, teamwork, leadership and problem-solving skills
  • connect what’s learned in the classroom with real-world applications
  • explore career options
  • build closer relationships with faculty
  • build closer relationships with community partners
Faculty/School Benefits
  • build stronger relationships with students
  • build stronger relationships between school and community partners
  • improve student engagement and satisfaction with courses
  • enhance student retention of relevant course material
  • provide ideas for new research areas
  • obtain internal and external funding
  • Faculty Resources