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Building Resilient Communities

Wildfires on a hill with homes in the foreground

What is the ambitious goal of this project?

Participate in an applied, multidisciplinary community resilience research project with a real world impact.

Experience Gained

  • Written Communication – Write effectively in multiple contexts, for a variety of audiences.
  • Oral Communication – Communicate effectively in speech, both as a speaker and listener.
  • Critical Inquiry – Engage in effective critical inquiry by defining problems, gathering and evaluating evidence, and determining the adequacy of argumentative discourse.
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis – Analyze interview, focus group, and survey data to inform community resilience assessment and strategies for improvement

Methodologies/skills used to achieve project goals:

  • Case study methods
  • Fieldwork
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Structured interviewing

Majors and Interests Needed

All majors welcome.

VIP Coach Information

Dr. Brittany Brand is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and is the Director for the Boise State Hazard and Climate Resilience Institute (HCRI). Contact Dr. Brand at

Course Information

Full semester course.
Choose to enroll in 1 or 2 credits in VIP 200, VIP 400, or VIP 500.
Team meetings TBD by participants.

Want to join the team?

Please complete this interest form and you will be contacted by the faculty to learn more about their project. Check out this page for tips on contacting a professor.

To register, search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects, select section with “Build Resilient Communities” as topic name of VIP 200, 400, or 500. Use permission number, here are instructions Add with a permission number