James Mahoney - Morgridge Center

For Graduate Students

Our goal at the Morgridge Center for Public Service is to support any graduate student who wants to engage in Community-based Learning, teaching or research. We’ll connect you with the community and provide you with classes and resources to help your Community-Engaged Scholarship (CES) flourish.

The Association of Graduate Engaged Scholars (AGES), a student-led organization, supports the community-engaged research and teaching efforts of UW–Madison graduate students from any department. AGES strives to be a central meeting point and resource hub for graduate students professionally active in their communities, no matter their prior experience with community-engaged work.

Among other things, we provide professional development opportunities, online resources, project feedback, and networking events. A growing network, AGES is organized and driven by its graduate student members. Learn more.

The graduate certificate/doctoral minor in Community-Engaged Scholarship (CES), hosted by Civil Society and Community Studies with support from the Morgridge Center, is a 9-12 credit program to train graduate students in CES, defined as teaching or research done in collaboration with community organizations or community partners in equitable, mutually beneficial, respectful relationships.

Through this program, students will feel confident to teach Community-based Learning courses, conduct community-based research, and/or lead community engagement initiatives. There are a variety of course offerings designed to meet your needs. Learn More.

Each fall, our staff offers a non-credit or 2-credit graduate-level course called “Principles and Practices of Community-Engaged Scholarship.” *This course is required for the doctoral minor/graduate certificate in Community-Engaged Scholarship.


Community-Engaged Scholarship (CES) redefines scholarly work from application of academic expertise to involving the faculty or instructor in a reciprocal partnership with the community. It is interdisciplinary and integrates instructor roles of teaching, research, and service, and includes Community-based Learning and Community-based Research. Community-based Learning is a high-impact instructional practice that results in higher-performing, more civically engaged students. Community-based Research is an approach that equitably involves all member groups in the research process and works with communities toward their goals in social action or change. In this section, staff from the Morgridge Center will explore the pedagogy, principles and best practices for CES.

This course will be shaped according to the interests of participants. Potential topics we will cover include:

  • Navigating the IRB while doing community-based research
  • Exploring careers outside the tenure track
  • Dealing with the stresses, challenges, and conflicts of doing work in the community
  • Balancing the needs of all partners involved in courses or projects
  • Critical community-engaged scholarship

Find awards, funding and professional development opportunities for graduate students engaged in Community-based Learning and research.

Bagels and Research
Present your community-based research the first Thursday of every month.

Badger Volunteers
Badger Volunteers is a semester-long program that pairs teams of students with community organizations (schools, nonprofits, municipalities) to volunteer 1-4 hours each week at the same organization. Any UW–Madison student can sign up for the program in the first week of each semester.

Community-based Research
Discover Community-based Research opportunities across the UW–Madison campus. Find new partners, research and community opportunities.

Morgridge Fellows
The purpose of the Morgridge Fellows program is to further institutionalize and support Community-Engaged Scholarship at UW–Madison.

UW New Graduate Welcome
The Graduate School invites all newly admitted graduate students to attend the Fall New Graduate Student Welcome event. Mingle with Graduate School deans and staff, learn about the many campus and community resources available to you and meet other new graduate students from across campus.

Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate Fellowships
Graduate students involved in ongoing research with undergraduate students can encourage them to apply for a Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate Fellowship.

Wisconsin Without Borders
Nominate your community-based research or the research of another student or faculty member for an award and cash stipend.

Assistant Director of Community-Engaged Scholarship Haley Madden: hmadden@wisc.edu

Community-Engaged Scholarship Graduate Laura Livingston: jessee@wisc.edu