RISE for Students

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Bellevue College prides itself in preparing its students for life after college. It offers a variety of innovative classes for all students, no matter their age, experience, or ability. In order to promote a more varied learning experience, Bellevue College also recognizes the importance of educational opportunities that utilize hands-on approaches. Project-based learning. Undergraduate research. Internships. Community-based research. Service-learning. Capstones. Citizen science. These are all ways to transform learning, to apply classroom theory to real-world situations, and to become more engaged both with course material and the community.

The RISE Learning Institute supports student learning by working with faculty, community partners, and the students themselves to provide a variety of opportunities that extend learning beyond the lecture.  RISE wants your BC education to include experiences that are truly transformational.

RISE is for students.

RISE is Research:

The RISE Learning Institute empowers BC faculty and students interested in research.

What is Undergraduate Research?

Undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. At Bellevue College, research can be a part of a course, an independent study with a faculty member, an activity of a student club, or an off-campus internship or experience. Undergraduate research elevates student engagement and excitement about learning and discovery.

Participating in an undergraduate research opportunity has been shown to increase student learning outcomes and facilitate the development of critical 21st century skills such as project management, problem solving, communication, collaboration and a strong work ethic. Doing undergraduate research is a chance to get experience in the actual process and practice of a field of study and to make a genuine contribution that advances that field. It builds real-world professional skills and can open doors for transfer to a four-year institution, for graduate school, or for research based careers.

RISE is here to help you take advantage of the research opportunities available here at BC.

Explore the undergraduate research gallery of students who presented at the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium and see what kinds of research projects BC students are engaged in.


Join a student club that has a research focus.

Psi Beta Honor Society

Psi Beta is the national honor society in psychology for students in two-year colleges.

The mission of Psi Beta Honor Society is to promote professional development of psychology students in two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service. Advisors: Rika Meyer and Deepthi Karkhanis

Read an article about how three BC students presented their research at the Western Psychology Association’s Annual Conference in Sacramento, CA.


Take a research based course.

CHEM 272: Undergraduate Research in Chemistry (6 cr), Offered Winter 2018 or BIOL 275: Laboratory Methods in Genomics (6 cr.), Offered Fall 2017, Winter & Spring 2018. *Note: BIOL 211 utilizes this same laboratory curriculum and allows students to contribute to this research on a slightly smaller scale.Read about how challenging and rewarding doing undergraduate research is in this BC student’s own words as they reflect on their experience in both BIO 211 and BIOL 275.


Explore off-campus research opportunities.

Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Research and Internship Opportunities for Undergraduates

Community College Internships with the Department of Energy


RISE is Innovation

Working to create, pilot, and scale up innovations in teaching and learning is at the heart of RISE’s mission.

Build something amazing. This summer we launched the RISE Makers & Scholars Summer Experience to give students a chance to explore and use new technologies and techniques. This year RISE will open a Makers’ Lab to continue this work. The Makers’ Lab will offer hands-on workshops on topics like 3D design, CNC machining, costume stitching on industrial sewing machines, and robotics. Students can become certified on our equipment and then build their own awesome creations. If you would like to be notified when the Makers’ Lab opens, email michael.reese@bellevuecollege.edu to join our creative community of makers.

In addition, RISE has partnered with other units across campus to bring a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence to BC; James Riggall is an Australian builder of hackerspaces and makerspaces, and he will work with RISE and the broader campus community to explore how the college wants to support and foster innovation in the future.

3, 2, 1. Blast off! The Makers’ Lab will also host the brand-new BC Rocket Club, a group of students who build and launch high-powered rockets. To learn more about Rocket Club, send a quick message to rockets@bellevuecollege.edu.

RISE is Service:

What is Service-Learning?

Service-Learning allows you, the student, to apply what you’re learning in class to a real life situation. In essence, the world around you becomes another textbook on your way to meeting the goals of your course. Service-learning gets you out into the surrounding community (or maybe on campus somewhere) to help meet the need of an organization or a social group while also increasing your own understanding of the topics in your class. For your marketing class, you might come up with an outreach strategy for an organization that supports immigrants.  Or volunteer at a soup kitchen throughout the quarter to better understand food insecurity as part of your nutrition class.  You might design a community garden alongside veterans for a sustainability program. Or give much appreciated company to homeless teens for a sociology class. No matter what you do in your service-learning course, you will make the community around you a better place, learn more about social and/or environmental issues, and walk away from your class with a stronger application of its concepts and theories. Plus, service-learning looks good on résumés and transfer applications!

Your instructor is here to support you in making this a robust learning opportunity for you. Don’t hesitate to talk with them with any questions or concerns. And if you have questions about service-learning more generally, stop by our office or send an email to Sapan Parekh.

What classes offer Service-Learning?

Reach out to Sapan Parekh to find out more about which classes currently or will offer Service-Learning.

What if I want to volunteer outside of my course?

Great question! We strongly encourage everyone to consider volunteering regularly, as the Seattle area and the Eastside are vibrant communities that could always use support from passionate people like you.

At this time, if you are looking to volunteer off-campus, shoot an email to Sapan Parekh to start a conversation about which organizations and opportunities are right for you. If you’re interested in volunteering on-campus (remember, BC is a community too!), then stop by Peer to Peer in the C Building or email the office directly.

RISE is Experiential Learning

Internships are one of the most impactful forms of experiential education. The Academic Internship Program, which is part of RISE’s Center for Career Connections, helps students in all majors connect to internships and other experiential learning opportunities. You can schedule an appointment with an internship specialist by calling 425.564.2279, visiting the Center for Career Connections in B231, or emailing internships@bellevuecollege.edu.

In addition, the Center for Career Connections runs a fantastic job and internship board, CONNECT, and you should definitely check out the impressive array of internship opportunities listed there.

Last Updated November 6, 2017