Service Learning

Purdue believes in being a good neighbor. That's why we create and maintain community connections so our students, faculty and staff can use their expertise to make a difference. It’s also why we support the Student Grant Program for Community Service/Service Learning Projects — which provides assistance for students and student organizations.

Home is Where the Money Is

Being a new homeowner can be a very stressful experience. And when you're trying to save money as a new owner, the stress level can be especially difficult to handle. That's where some Purdue engineering students are coming to the rescue.

The Habitat for Humanity team of the Purdue EPICS Program has worked on several projects in the Lafayette area aimed at teaching homeowners ways they can use their homes' energy more efficiently and save money at the same time. The students developed learning modules and demonstration units to help new homeowners.

"Through the Habitat project, I have been able to improve my skills as a professional engineer," says Katherine Loehr, an engineering student who worked on the Habitat team. "I feel accomplished not only because of my professional development, but also because of the rewarding experience of delivering the final project to educate the new homeowners."

"Our students learn to be active citizens in addressing issues in the community," says Dulcy Abraham, a civil engineering professor who leads teams of EPICS students. "They see that the decision-making process involves a holistic approach, not simply choosing the best technical solution."

The projects were funded by the Community Service/Service Learning Student Grant Program, facilitated by the Office of Engagement, which provides grants to Purdue students or student organizations for community service projects.

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