Preparing Researchers for Engaging the Public (PREP) (est. 2015) offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to share their research with community audiences of all ages through curriculum design, mentorships, internships, and leadership roles in community-based research opportunities.
The PREP program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities in the Twin Cities metro. We currently have participants from multiple departments at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Macalester College; and Hamline University, and are looking to expand these relationships. The strength of the PREP program is the variety of professionalization opportunities it offers participants. In addition to gaining experience designing curricula (modules) and teaching in K-12 classrooms, participants learn how to collaborate and network with diverse institutions and members of the community. We will soon offer professionalization workshops and training events, such as CV and resume development, work and internship opportunities, and other chances to apply their skills in a non-academic market. Additionally, PREP participants will get to attend many of SASSA’s public events for free.
The PREP program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities in the Twin Cities metro. If a student is interested in participating, they must first fill out a Volunteer Interest Form, which provides SASSA’s leadership some insight into their background, expertise, and specific interest in the program. Once this is reviewed, qualified participants are welcome to enroll in the program.