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The Office of Student Research offers financial and academic support to help students interested in developing and executing research and mission-related creative and scholarly projects.

Microsoft's Civic Chat: Networking Our Neighborhoods with PRC Director Charlie Barlow

PRC Director shares our vision for collaborative research with Microsoft on Advisor.tv

PRC Director Charlie Barlow sat down with Shelley Stern Grach, Director of Civic Engagement at Microsoft, to discuss the Collaborative’s approach to applied research and technical assistance on Advisor.tv. Watch the episode of Civic Chat: Networking Our Neighborhoods below, or visit Microsoft Chicago’s blog.

Chicago Cityscape’s Steven Vance joins the PRC to discuss storytelling with geospatial data

Steven Vance, the founder and CEO of Chicago Cityscape, joined the Policy Research Collaborative for the second installment of our Speakers Series Initiative. Vance describes himself as an urban planner, a reporter, a business owner, and a mapmaker. For Vance, geospatial data allows people, such as researchers, policy makers, or city planners, to tell intriguing…

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Microsoft’s Soren Spicknall joins PRC to discuss civic tech and its role in shaping public policy

Soren Spicknall, one of 20 Microsoft Civic Tech Fellows nationwide and the first from Illinois Institute of Technology, joined the Policy Research Collaborative as part of our new Speaker Series initiative. For Spicknall, civic tech sits at the intersection of technology and community, improving lives by applying technical solutions to important civic challenges. “Collaboration is…

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PRC Research Fellow Randy Colon awarded 2018 Newman Civic Fellowship

Congratulations to Randy Colon, PRC Research Fellow, who was named a 2018 Newman Civic Fellow! The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Colon, a junior sociology major at Roosevelt University, will join a cohort of fellows throughout the…

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PRC Director calls for equitable development as Obama Presidential Center sparks new interest in South Shore

“I think we all have a responsibility — whether it’s local government, or elected officials, policymakers or the residents that live here — to hold ourselves to account and ensure that investments, whether it’s amenities, the proposed golf course, or the Obama Presidential Center, is beneficial to every resident that lives in South Shore,” PRC…

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