Program in Community-Engaged Research (PCER)


The Harvard College-Mindich Program in Community-Engaged Research (PCER) is a 10-week immersive experience focused on community-engaged inquiry projects with local communities. The program will provide a small team of Harvard undergraduate researchers the opportunity to learn about collaboration and reciprocity in a research context, working on a pre-designed project alongside Harvard faculty in collaboration with community partners as part of a multidisciplinary research team. PCER fellows will develop skills necessary to carry out research that is academically rigorous as well as responsive to community interests and priority action areas. Fellows live together in one of the Harvard College houses and participate in rich evening and weekend programming that includes both social and academic activities.

Project Description


The summer 2018 PCER-Field experience will be with Elizabeth Hinton, Assistant Professor of History and of African and African American Studies. This year’s PCER experience will be based in Stockton, in California’s Central Valley. Stockton is both a microcosm of the United States and highly distinct in many ways: it is one of the most ethnically and racially diverse communities in the nation; it suffers from extreme rates of poverty, unemployment, and crime; and it is currently experimenting with promising new social programs. Up to two Harvard undergraduate students will work with Dr. Hinton on a project with the local community in Stockton. This uniquely rich research opportunity involves working with grassroots community groups (mainly in the field of prisoner reentry and support for at-risk youth and victims), organizations such as the Office of Violence Prevention under the purview of the City Manager, law enforcement administrators, and police officers. Students selected for this project will attend meetings and interview a range of community members and officials in Stockton. In addition to these field experiences, students will conduct archival work in local and state archives. Finally, researchers will gain experience in film production, editing, and transcription.

Please download the PCER application supplement here or within the CARAT application itself.

Application - Deadline March 1, 2018

The deadline for receipt of COMPLETE application materials is 5:00pm EST, March 1, 2018.  INCOMPLETE OR LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.