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!

Spring Semester 2020 Courses

PA 5041 Qualitative Methods (Instructor: Dr. Greta Friedemann-Sánchez) 
Students have the opportunity to choose to work on the following projects:

  • City of Ramsey: Seeking a Sustainable Model to Fund the Maintenance and Reconstruction of Local Roads 
  • League of Minnesota Cities: Responding to the Opioid Epidemic in Minnesota: Researching the Statewide Response


PA 8081 Planning & Public Affairs Capstone Workshop
(Instructor: Dr. Greg Lindsay)

  • League of Minnesota Cities: Responding to the Opioid Epidemic in Minnesota: Researching the Statewide Response
  • League of Minnesota Cities: Responding to the Opioid Epidemic in Minnesota: Researching the National Response


PA 8081 Public Engagement Capstone Workshop 
(Instructor: LisaBeth Barajas) 

  • Scott County: Strengthening Community Engagement to Move Public Health Equity Data to Action  


PA 8991: Independent Study 
(Instructor: Dr. Fernando Burga)

  • Scott County: Creating Mobility Hubs to Connect Transportation Modes


Fall Semester 2019 Courses

PA 5041 Qualitative Methods (Instructor: Dr. Greta Friedemann-Sánchez)

  • Scott County: Strengthening Community Engagement to Move Public Health Equity Data to Action  


PA 5211 Land Use Planning
(Instructor: Dr. Fernando Burga)

  • Scott County: Creating Mobility Hubs to Connect Transportation Modes


PA 8991 Independent Study
(Instructor: Frank Douma) 

  • City of St. Anthony: Driving towards an Electric Future: Policy & Research for Electric Vehicles
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