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 transformative.

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 

Explore what undergraduate students presented at the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium last year 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 Quarter or BIOL 275: Laboratory Methods in Genomics (6 cr.), Offered Fall, Winter, and Spring. *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

RISE is Innovation

Here at RISE, we believe that student-driven innovation, discovery, and creativity should be core to the BC experience.

Build. Something. Awesome.

The RISE MakerSpace helps students turn ideas into realities. The MakerSpace prepares students for the future by allowing them to explore new technologies, empowering them to create and innovate, and helping them build something awesome. Students from all backgrounds, majors, and skill levels belong here. Join us for Electrified Pumpkins. For Plarn Bedrolls. For pre-Comic Con Costume-Making. For Game Jams. Hey BC students, if you can dream it, the RISE MakerSpace can help you make it.

3, 2, 1. Blast off!

The RISE Makerspace also hosts BC’s Rocketry & Aerospace Club, a group of students who build and launch high-powered rockets. Now that BC is a member of the Washington Space Grant Consortium, we even have NASA money for rocket parts! The club currently meets every Wednesday at 3:30 in the RISE Makerspace, B237. To learn more, 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 appr

eciated 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!

Group of students and faculty working with plastic
Classes across disciples coming together to help turn plastic bags into bed mats for people experiencing homelessness.

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?

Check out this list of awesome classes RISE is working with this quarter. Scroll down to get to the list of current service-learning and community engaged courses. Service-Learning courses may be eligible for the transcript notation in service-learning.

What is the “transcript notation for service-learning”?

Bellevue College wants to officially recognize the amazing work you’ve done in your service-learning course by giving you a special notation on your transcript. This notation will appear as a new, 0 credit course in your transcript: SRVLN 001. It will link to the course that had the service-learning component.

When you put your service-learning coursework on your resume or your transfer application, this special notation will confirm that you did, indeed, do the service, and thus gained valuable skills and life experience in the process. If you want help with how to to incorporate service-learning into your resume or application, reach out to the Center for Career Connections.

To qualify for the transcript notation, you must:

  1. Take a course with a robust service-learning component
  2. Complete the service (doing a minimum of 16 hours OR delivering a final product) with an external partner, as designed by the instructor
  3. Demonstrate learning by completing all relevant assignments with adequate depth and reflection, as determined by the instructor

If a course you’re taking seems like a great candidate to offer the transcript notation, let the instructor know to reach out to RISE. And if you are uncertain about whether you qualify, check with your instructor and/or with RISE.

What is BC in the Community?

BC in the Community is Bellevue College’s service-learning and volunteer portal. It currently lists over 125 non-profit and government agencies from throughout the region – North Bend to Seattle, Skykomish to Des Moines – and home on campus. These agencies provide volunteer opportunities to help students build their own “service resumes” that can go with them when they leave the college.

For your service-learning class, you will likely be asked to use this portal. For more information about how to master it, check out the BC in the Community Student FAQs. If you have any questions, ask your instructor or reach out to RISE.

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.

If you’re interested in volunteering off-campus on your own, you can do one of two things:

  1. Register with BC in the Community. The agencies regularly post upcoming and ongoing volunteer opportunities. If you don’t find something you like, you can reach out to the agencies directly to start a conversation.
  2. Visit the Center for Career Connections (B-231) to set up a time to meet with RISE 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 the Student Volunteer Center in the C Building or email the office directly. The BC in the Community portal lists some on-campus opportunities, as well, though the Student Volunteer Center has a more diverse offering of opportunities.

Students can now earn badges in the BC in the Community portal for volunteering for a certain number of hours throughout the year. The hours can come from service-learning classes or from general volunteering. The badges would then appear in the volunteer resume, found on the portal and downloadable as a PDF.

Bronze badge for 25 hoursSilver badge for 50 hoursGold badge for 100 hours


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.

Service-Learning at BC:Button linked to BC in the Community portalClick here to explore volunteer and service-learning opportunities!

Check out the new workshops in the RISE MakerSpace.

RISE MakerSpace–3D printing, virtual reality, sewing & costumes!

Student Research Gallery
Browse student research posters

Last Updated September 16, 2019