All students on study abroad this fall or next spring are eligible to apply to the Bill Campbell Fund of Phi Beta Kappa, the academic honor society, for research funding or continued study after their study abroad program. The Campbell Fund enables students to extend the period of their study abroad program in order to complete a special academic project or a course of study for increased cultural awareness. Awards typically range from $500-$1,500.
The application form is online at http://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/international-programs/study-abroad/students/applying/Scholarships/
It requires a two-page description of the research project or course of study, and the budget. If the research project involves human subjects, applicants must submit an application to the Institutional Review Board for approval, and must also include the submitted IRB application with the Campbell application. Students should apply directly via e-mail to Greta Austin (email@example.com) by November 15, 2012.
The University of Michigan is renowned for its methodological contributions to social science and to the academy as a whole. This internship, which comes with many interesting opportunities and a substantial stipend, might be of interest to some of you. Here are the details:
Summer Undergraduate Internship Program
Last year’s interns?
Applications are being accepted now for the 2014 ICPSR Summer Undergraduate Internship Program, an intensive, 10-week program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for students interested in social science research.
Apply now through the ICPSR online application portal. To complete the application form, students must answer a few questions; upload a cover letter, resume, and list of relevant courses; and provide contact information for two recommending college faculty or staff members, or employer references. The recommendations must be completed through the ICPSR recommendation portal.
The deadline for all materials is January 31, 2014.
About the Internship
The NSF-funded Research for Undergraduates (REU) internship program (Grant No. 1062317) matches students with mentors at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and supports exploration of a research question from start to finish — including literature searches, data analyses, and creation of conference-ready posters summarizing students’ research findings. Interns can attend graduate-level courses in quantitative methods at the University of Michigan taught by leading faculty across various research fields. Additionally, all ICPSR interns learn valuable data-management techniques using statistical packages such as SPSS, Stata, and SAS. Visit our website or view the flyer (PDF, 466 KB) for more information.
For examples of research projects done by past ICPSR interns, please see these videos.
A Billboard in Doha. Photograph by Kristin Giordano
So I’m on sabbatical this semester, and with a bit of extra time here and there, I put together this essay about the urbanism and urbanization I’ve encountered in Doha and other parts of the Arabian peninsula. I also use the essay to discuss Kristin Giordano‘s recent exhibit (Landscape and Transformation: Photographs of Doha, Qatar), which showed earlier this fall at the Kittredge Gallery at the University of Puget Sound. If you’re interested, you can have a look at the essay on the Cities page of the relatively new Jadaliyya website.
The Indonesia course-trip is coming back this spring semester, 2014! This time, we will be going to the national parks and marine reserves of North Sulawesi, in addition to spending time in Yogyakarta, Central Java.
SOAN 312: Indonesia and Southeast Asia in Cultural Context is adding an environmental studies focus, in addition to exploring issues of culture, religion, globalization, and more. To that end, it will include a three-week trip at the end of the semester that is divided between Yogyakarta (often described as the “cultural heart” of Indonesia), where we will explore culture and language through ethnographic engagement in the city and with the help of our hosts at Atma Jaya University, and North Sulawesi, where we will explore Indonesia’s biodiversity and challenges connected to human relationships with the environment. Also new this year, we plan to provide conversational Indonesian language instruction to participants.
As always, the course will require a short application, is limited to 10 students, and has been competitive in the past. Expenses will be subsidized by a generous grant from the Luce Foundation. If you are interested, please attend the interest meeting, where application forms will be distributed, and all your questions will be answered:
When: Thursday, October 17th at 5pm
Where: McIntyre 309
As you may or may not know, the University of Puget Sound has a longstanding faculty exchange program with the University of Passau in Germany. Every year, we send a faculty member there for a month or so, and they reciprocate by sending a faculty member here. Dr. Stefan Halft is visiting our campus this month, and he’s presenting a lecture about his work tonight. Dr. Halft is particularly interested in the long transnational connections between Germany and Turkey, and in this presentation, he explores how those peoples, relations, and migrations are portrayed in German cinema. It promises to be an interesting lecture. Here’s the key information:
Dr. Stefan Halft
Turkish-German Fictions of Migration and the Spectacle of the Other
Monday, October 7, 5:00 PM
Hope to see you there!
Film Forward, an international program of the Sundance Institute, will be screening the Syrian film The Light In Her Eyes on Thursday, September 5, at the Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound. The SOAN department is a co-sponsor of the screening, and Director Julia Meltzer will be here to discuss the film. Here’s the key information:
September 5, 2013
Collins Memorial Library (Room 020)
Reception: 4:30 – 5:00 PM
Screening and Discussion: 5:00 PMto 7:00 PM
Synopsis: Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, founded a Qur’an school for girls in Damascus, Syria, 30 years ago. Every summer, her female students immerse themselves in a rigorous study of Islam. A surprising cultural shift is underway — women are claiming space within the mosque. Shot right before the uprising in Syria erupted, The Light in Her Eyes offers an extraordinary portrait of a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam, without giving up their dreams. An Official Selection of the 2011 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV.
You can watch a preview of the film <here>. We hope to see you at the screening.