RCP-Affiliated Courses

Photo of students sampling water

Students taking dissolved oxygen measurements downstream of Watertown dam, as part of a Civil Engineering graduate course working on an RCP project in Carver County. Credit: Zeinab Takbiri, 2015

RCP-affiliated courses provide students the opportunity to apply skills to a project identified as a high priority for advancing community resiliency and sustainability. Graduate, professional, and advanced undergraduate students can participate in RCP by enrolling in an RCP-affiliated course (listed below), or by connecting an individual thesis, capstone, field experience, culminating experience, internship, or directed study to an RCP project.

Students work with local government staff—and, where appropriate, other community stakeholders such as local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and residents—to develop their projects. Because RCP courses work closely with the community to make sure the work is aligned with their needs, there is great potential for student work to be implemented. Contact RCP staff at rcp@umn.edu to discuss connecting your individual work to an RCP project!

Fall Semester 2019 Courses 

PA 5041 Qualitative Methods (Instructor: Dr. Greta Friedemann-Sánchez): Students have the opportunity to choose to work on the following project with Scott County: Strengthening Community Engagement to Move Public Health Equity Data to Action  

PA 5211 Land Use Planning (Instructor: Dr. Fernando Burga): Students have the opportunity to choose to work on the following project with Scott County: Creating Mobility Hubs to Connect Transportation Modes

Independent Study: RCP has two opportunities for students interested in participating in an independent study project during the fall semester. You will need to identify a faculty adviser in your department, although RCP can provide some assistance with this process. Past students have typically enrolled in 1-2 credits of independent study for the semester. This is a great opportunity to gain research and technical assistance skills, connect with a local government agency, and make a difference in a Minnesota community. Contact RCP staff at rcp@umn.edu to inquire.

  • City of St. Anthony: Driving towards an Electric Future: Policy & Research for Electric Vehicles
  • City of Ramsey: Seeking a Sustainable Model to Fund the Maintenance and Reconstruction of Local Roads 
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