Research Funding for Study Abroad Students

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

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 ( by November 15, 2012.  


Summer Training Program in Social Science Research

Hi all,

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?

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 new essay on Doha, urbanization, and an art exhibit

Hi friends,


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.