What is CEEP?

The CEEP program asks students (that's you!) to conduct an original research project about entrepreneurship in their neighborhood. The CEEP project consists of five steps with an overarching focus on community outreach:


During this step, students create meaningful and impactful questions relevant to their hyperlocal neighborhoods. 

Example: How are local delis interacting with the homeless population around them?


Students assess how to measure their research question best and choose either to create surveys or an interview protocol.

Example: Creating interview or survey questions to ask local deli owners.


Here, students will enter their communities and collect data for their study.

Example: Actually going out and asking local deli owners your interview questions and/or observing and taking notes of how interactions between the homeless population and delis go.


After gathering sufficient data, students work with research assistants to systematically analyze their data to uncover significant findings related to their neighborhoods. 

Example: Work with Research Assistants like Jessica Pitts to find out what all your data means!


The last step of the CEEP project tasks students with connecting with a neighborhood community group (e.g., church, business association group, community board) to discuss their project and receive constructive feedback about their research. Although students report their findings after the project is completed, we encourage them to make connections with local organizations while they are conducting research for two reasons. First, local organizations may be difficult to contact and multiple emails or calls may be required to ensure that students complete the community outreach step. Second, we want students to build relationships with organizations in their community to create a larger impact. Reaching out to an organization early on can provide an avenue for students to foster long-lasting community connections.




How will CEEP Benefit me?

1 | Making a Difference

A big thing that sets CEEP apart from other research programs is the community outreach. Students involved with CEEP will always be working with their local community whether it be through delis, salons, coffee shops, or stores, our students work directly with their community on bringing an issue to light and trying to find a solution to it. Not only that, but the CEEP project only creates bonds with the community. Asking survey questions and getting feedback can be nerve-racking, but it creates relationships with local business owners that can help our students if they ever decide to follow in these community leader's footsteps. 

2 | Learning the Process

You might already know the research process. You might have already done a research project or two yourself. But you have not done a project like this. CEEP's uniqueness provides students with new skills and experiences that they can't get anywhere else. Our community outreach gives students the tools they'll need to become better researchers and insightful entrepreneurs. 

Take a look at what some of our past students have to say about the CEEP program!


Convinced yet? If so, make sure to talk to your teacher or faculty member about bringing the CEEP program to you! All of the information needed can be found on this website, so take a look around. 

Not convinced yet? Contact one of our Research Assistants or Professor Snipes to get any of your questions answered. 

Professor Shane Snipes:

Research Assistant Jessica Pitts:

Research Assistant Raymond Lou:

Research Assistant Tristan Rodriguez: