Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2024-25
    August 19, 2024 to May 29, 2026


Kristen Elmore

Cornell Affiliations:

David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement, Human Ecology


We are only receiving applications from sophomores (rising juniors) from the College of Human Ecology at this time.

Opportunity Description

The Program for Research on Youth Development and Engagement (PRYDE) Scholars Program offers undergraduates in the College of Human Ecology an opportunity to engage with researchers conducting translational studies on issues that are essential to understanding youth development; to perform independent research using translational research methods; and, by working with 4-H programs, to effect positive change in the lives of young people in New York State and beyond.

This is a four-semester curriculum for undergraduate students that integrates classroom learning about community-engaged research with hands-on research experience. Cohorts of scholars join the program as rising juniors and participate until graduation. In addition to two years of coursework on translational research methods and application, PRYDE Scholars work directly with Cornell research faculty to conduct translational research on youth development. Students’ training culminates in a capstone community-engaged research project in which students work directly with community partners to implement a project that addresses a need in NYS 4-H.

Program Benefits

Each student admitted into the program will have the opportunity to:

  • Engage with PRYDE affiliated faculty on research issues essential to understanding youth development
  • Learn how findings from youth development research can be applied to addressing real world concerns
  • Receive a financial award of $1,250 each semester and be able to apply for summer research and conference funding
  • Participate in a seminar on research methods and professional development
  • Effect positive change in the lives of youth in New York State by working with 4-H Program Educators and community partners