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Research & Service Leadership Symposium

Research & Service Leadership

Save the Date — May 17, 2018

Apply Now to Present Your Project

Deadline is March 16

About the Symposium

The Research and Service Leadership Symposium will provide a venue for our campus community to showcase student research scholarship and service learning, community engagement and social activism projects this year.

Be A Presenter

Foothill students, faculty and staff — Share your research and service leadership work in either a poster presentation or 10-minute talk format.

Who can apply to present?

Students who have completed

  • ANY type of research that adds value to society, to a body of knowledge, or to a community of people
  • a service leadership, community engagement or social or environmental justice project
  • Also faculty and staff who would like to present their research or service leadership projects.

Learn more about the presentation application process

All Are Invited to Attend

The morning and afternoon event will include

  • A morning keynote speaker
  • Research and project presentations
  • Faculty: Plan to bring your classes!
  • Location and exact times TBD

What is a Service Leadership Project?

Service leadership projects are designed to inspire students to become engaged members of their communities who work to solve problems and help others through service.

“It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.” 

- Robert K. Greenleaf

The service leadership concept is based on the philosophy of “servant leadership,” a term coined by Robert K. Greenleaf to define a leader who is servant first.

Service leadership projects are those in which students are engaging meaningfully with a community with the goal of community, environmental, social or personal enrichment.

What type of research projects will qualify?

  • Research projects from all disciplines are welcome. 
  • Each discipline has a variety of research methodologies and thus projects are welcome from the many diverse discipline-specific methodologies used for conducting scholarly research. 
  • Preference will be given to projects with an emphasis on social welfare, environmental justice and community enrichment, but any research project that provides a scholarly advance of knowledge is welcome.

Question? Not sure what qualifies as an R & SL symposium presentation? Please contact Ben Stefonik, coordinator of the R&SL Symposium, at

R & SL Symposium Mission Statement: The mission of this symposium is to catalyze student efforts to engage scholarly research and service leadership projects. The guiding value of this symposium is that meaningful change in the world can be accomplished through both empirical investigation, community engagement and social and environmental activism.

This event is sponsored by the President's Office as part of Foothill's 2017-2018 Strategic Objectives ( E²SG) — Enrollment and Equity, Service Leadership, and Governance.

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Questions?Please contact me!

Ben Stefonik, R&SL Symposium Coordinator