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January 25, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Applications open for “Appalachian Collegiate Research Initiative”

The economic development program for the Appalachian Regional Commission is administered by East Tennessee State University.

The Appalachian Regional Commission is seeking applicants for the next “Appalachian Collegiate Research Initiative” (ACRI) that begins this fall.

Launched in 2001, more than 3,000 students from 31 colleges and universities across Appalachia have participated in the ACRI, formerly known as the Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP). Administered by East Tennessee State University, ACRI is an applied research training program for Appalachian college students to support economic development initiatives for their communities.

Students of participating ACRI schools are enrolled in a for-credit academic course to design and lead research projects in Appalachian communities to address regional challenges. As a finale for the coursework, students and their faculty sponsors travel to Washington, DC, to present their work to other student delegations, ARC leadership, and community leaders at the Appalachian Collegiate Research Initiative Capstone Symposium.

More information can be found here. The deadline to apply is March 29.

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