Community-Engaged Learning

Community-Engaged Learning integrates meaningful community partnerships with instruction and critical reflection. Our Programs are designed to help students explore the interrelationship of science, social engagement and service action projects to enrich the student-learning experience.

Scientific Research

Community-Engaged Learning in Science increases students' perception of research by placing it in the context of community. Research encompasses creative, problem-solving skill sets in addition to observational skills, because a problem cannot be researched until it is identified as such. By engaging students in the community outside of the university, Community-Engaged Learning in Science encourages them to look outside the lab and identify real-world problems. By doing so, students' confidence in their scientific knowledge and skills increases by applying them to their skills and knowledge to problems outside of the lab.

Educational Outreach

Educational outreach aims to increases local awareness of environmental issues through community activities.The Bayer school strives to provide meaningful hands-on environmental activities, not only for our students, but also for the community that is impacted. Students enter the communities to help them, as one would do as a volunteer, and our community-engaged learning program makes the distinction that students not only help their project partners but also impact them through increased awareness. 

Civic Engagement

Community is not just where you live, but also how you live. We often think of community as only the small groups of friends we create, our families, our universities, our cities and towns, but community is also the sense of belonging we create through social interaction. A critical aspect of Community-Engaged Learning in Science is to build students' awareness of global communities.

Undergraduate Research Program

The undergraduate research program prepares students for future opportunities in their specific field of study. Through participation in the program, students can develop important skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and communication, which will serve them well in their future careers. Additionally, the program provides opportunities for students to present their findings at conferences, publish papers, and even earn academic credit for their work. Students can apply their knowledge and skills to make meaningful contributions to the field while working closely with a faculty mentor. 

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Educational Outreach

  • Local high school students spend one week at Duquesne, participating in an immersive experience, learning about research methods, participating in hands-on activities and experiencing life on a college campus while discovering opportunities in STEM academics and careers. Following the off-campus activities, students complete online daily journals and perform laboratory experiments. Each high school student is paired with a student from the Bayer School of Sciences who serves as a mentor throughout the week as the students develop a research presentation. The week ends with the high school students sharing their research presentations with their peers. 

Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair

  • The Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair is an open competition of local students' research projects in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering. Duquesne University faculty, staff and students volunteer prior to and during the Science and Engineering Fair. This competition is free to all students in grades 6-12 in public and non-public schools throughout 24 counties within Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. 


  • The Pittsburgh International Science and Technology Festival is a celebration of innovation and creativity that brings together academia, industry, community organizations and the public in Western Pennsylvania. Faculty, staff and students participate in exhibits, presentations and panel discussions.

Community Engagement Courses

Students have the opportunity to work on various community engagement projects with organizations throughout the Pittsburgh community through service learning courses.


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