October 30, 2017


Join a group of passionate graduate and undergraduate students to help explore how virtual resources and Kiswahili language skills can be applied to help address issues of health and social change in East Africa. Apply now to join us for a research and experiential learning opportunity.

To join the LAB, students must:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Intend to study Kiswahili for at least one year (although you are encouraged to reach an advanced level)
  • Must participate in the field school in East Africa
  • Have a serious interest in a publicly engaged career in health, development, or social change
  • Plan to complete their current degree program in spring 2019 or later

Information session to be held November 10th from 1:30-2:30pm at the Hall Center for the Humanities.

When you are ready to apply, click the link below.  This form does not require a login to access, so you may preview the complete application as many times as you wish.  As the form does not save information, you will need to complete the entire form before submission.  It is recommended that you prepare the materials beforehand.


As part of your application, you are required to provide the names and email addresses of two faculty members who will submit recommendations on your behalf. It is your responsibility to request these recommendations and to provide the link below for the faculty to submit their recommendations.


Mentoring Structure for Student Members

Both undergraduate and graduate students will be assigned an individual advisor from among the faculty on our team.  You will work with your advisor to develop a research question or a contribution to the CTB that matches your shared interests.  This may mean work on longstanding project that the mentor has been pursuing individually or a new project that you will initiate together. You may also work on a project like a senior honors thesis, a master’s thesis, or a doctoral dissertation under your mentor’s supervision. You will complete a one-page “contract” with your mentor with clearly set goals, activities designed to achieve those goals and the process for evaluating progress. Some students will meet with their advisors monthly for an hour, while other will commit several hours a week to work with their advisors, depending on the nature of the project they design.

You will also be assigned to a mentoring group to be comprised of at least one faculty member, a graduate student, and 2-3 undergraduate students.  This cohort will meet twice per month, with the faculty mentor and graduate student facilitating discussion. These groups will be flexibly structured to promote relational learning that invites group members to enter into a dialogue about the learning process. This emphasis is unique in that it aims to deconstruct traditional power hierarchies in research and teaching and opens a space for more collaborative experiences.  The facilitators will start a conversation, but these meetings are meant to be fully participatory experiences, which produce diverse points of view and questions.