Scholarship of Engagement

Scholarship, in the Engagement context is a reciprocal partnership with the community, involving mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge the creation, delivery and assessment of timely, unbiased, educational materials, and programs that address relevant, critical and emerging issues.

Community. Service.


Engineering. Leadership. When it comes to changing lives through education and outreach, Purdue     has a history of paving the way for other universities.

One prime example of that leadership can be found in the Purdue EPICS Program. EPICS was founded at Purdue in the College of Engineering and has now become a multidisciplinary program and recognized internationally for its pioneering work.

Purdue EPICS students can be found all across Indiana, the nation and the globe, including at Camp Riley. The summer camp at Bradford Woods, Ind., is designed for children with disabilities.

EPICS students use their design skills and education to develop ways for the children to overcome some of the barriers they face to participate fully in the camp activities.

“The Camp Riley Team has helped me discover how I want to use my knowledge and skills to help children pursue tasks and obstacles that they didn't think possible,” says Alena Gabel, a Purdue student who participated in the camp. “I am so honored to be a part of such a fantastic program and I can't wait to see what the future brings."

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