About the Farrell Fellowship Program
Starting in 2014, the elite Farrell Fellowship program honors our former professor R. Barry Farrell. Over 60 students and 30 faculty have participated thus far.
Political Science majors work alongside with our professors on faculty-generated research projects. As a paid research assistant with the title of Farrell Fellow, you will learn the process of conducting academic research from the faculty mentors and how to handle setbacks and unexpected results that arise in the process.
- Benefits: Farrell Fellows do not receive academic credit, but are paid an hourly wage of $15 (pay rate effective for 2018-19 Fellows). The program may also fund other expenses that support the research, such as travel to research locations, conference fees, research materials, or provide a small stipend to help offset summer housing costs, depending on budget.
- Time commitment: Fellows may work a maximum of 10 hrs/wk during the academic year and 40 hrs/wk during the summer.
- Criteria: The selection process is need-blind and not connected to the federal Work Study program.
- How to apply: Students must apply, interview and be selected by a faculty member to participate in the program. The application is now open (Deadline Friday, April 4th 2019 @ 11:59PM CST).
Personal and Professional DevelopmentFellows play an important role in a major project that unfolds over an extended period of time (usually more than one quarter), exposing them to multiple stages of project development.
- Faculty are not only supervisors but also mentors, teaching Fellows about the intricacies of political science research. This ranges from identification of a research problem to the development of key research questions to the choice of research design and appropriate method to the collection and analysis of data.
- Training sessions are occasionally held on quantitative, qualitative, or interpretive research methods, including incorporating research software. Fellows learn analytical and methodological skills from this hands-on research experience.
- Collaborative group lunches with participating faculty and students allow Fellows to share updates on the research projects, to build community and inspire collaboration.
- Participating faculty and students have access to shared resources, including templates, training resources, and tutorials.
Julian Gerez '17 on Skill Development & Advice For New Fellows
Julian Genre's work with Professor Marina Henke resulted in her publication, Has UN Peacekeeping Become More Deadly? Analyzing Trends in UN Fatalities. She included him in her published acknowledgement. This illustrates how the Farrell Fellowship program builds valuable, professional skills that translate into multiple career paths.
Julian's recommendations for a successful fellowship emphasize communication.
Julian also outlined how the Farrell Fellowship benefited his skill set and resume, all applicable to employment, graduate school, law school, etc.:
Other Weinberg alumni discuss ways their liberal arts education translated to a diverse career path through Weinberg’s Student-Alumni Engagement Program.
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