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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.

Present your research at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium


Are you doing a research project this quarter? Will you have results to present in May 18, 2018? Apply for a poster presentation or talk at the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium! The deadline for submitting an abstract and applying to present at the Symposium is Monday, February 13. Students may present individually or in teams; they also have a choice of presenting a poster or giving a talk. Students need a faculty mentor to approve their abstract. A full timeline of the process appears here, and additional resources for students and their faculty mentors may be found here. RISE has codes that allow BC students and faculty mentors to access the UW’s EXPO system, which is used to submit abstracts.  We may have as many as ten teams of BC students present; codes will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Students and faculty interested in participating in the symposium should contact Irene Shaver, irene.shaver@bellevuecollege.edu.

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 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.


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?

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 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 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.

RISE is looking at starting a student group centered around service. It is in it’s infancy, so let us know if you’re interested in joining us as a member or as a thought partner to help shape it.

If you’re interested in volunteering off-campus on your own, shoot an email to Sapan Parekh to start a conversation about which organizations and opportunities are right for you. Additionally, CONNECT! has a listing of volunteer opportunities. 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.

Doing research?
Want to present your results at the UW Symposium of Undergraduate Research?
Applications due February 13th.
Contact Irene Shaver for more details.

Student Research Gallery
Browse student research posters

Last Updated February 12, 2018