Farrell Fellowship Application
- Only declared Political Science majors are eligible to apply.
- Faculty interview and select Fellows from among those students who have applied to work on their specific projects.
- Research project lengths vary with some being summer only and some running from summer through the full next academic year.
- Periodically throughout the year, Farrell Fellows and their mentors give short presentations at luncheons attended by participating faculty, other Fellows, and the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
- The research conducted by Farrell Fellows may be incorporated into the work of the faculty mentors (in articles, books, or other publications) and publicized on the Political Science website.
- Farrell Fellows will have enhanced opportunities for engaging with specialized research software and training sessions (GIS, R, Stata, NVivo, etc), and will be eligible for additional department funding through the Ginsberg Research Grant program.
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DEADLINE EXTENDED for select projects: Friday, April 26th 2019 @ 11:59PM CST
Farrell Fellow Projects 2019-2020
Rachel Riedl | Disseminating African Politics
Project: Work with experts on African Politics from around the world to help prepare interview questions, edit the recorded interviews, and stitch together the news wrap of podcast Ufahamu Africa. Students interested in political science and journalism especially welcome to apply, but any students with digital editing skills are welcome.
Seeking: 1-2 Fellows, June 2019 - May 2020, position can be held in conjunction with other work-study positions, internships, or research assistantships.
Research Training & Outcomes:
The Farrell Fellow(s) will gain exposure to a diverse array of research topics, methodologies, and countries. The Fellow(s) will also gain practical skills in analyzing articles for important themes, content editing, and dissemination strategies for public scholarship.
The Fellow(s) will
- Help prepare for interviews by reading selected publications or sourcing experts on particular countries and topics.
- Edit the interview after it is recorded.
- Create online bonus links from the podcast and post them to our website.
- Garage Band digital editing (and/or Adobe Audition, Final Cut Pro)
Learn more about Prof. Rachel Riedl
Sara Monoson | Socrates in the Vernacular
Project: This opportunity has three components.
First, a Fellow will learn how to manage an archive consisting of various forms of qualitative data. This archive now includes a collection of records of the appearances of references to the figure of Socrates and adaptations of stories regarding his life and ideas in popular culture in the US, Canada, Britain and Greece. This material came from mining sources in various fields, including journalism, political rhetoric (civil rights, free speech, Cold War, education reform, end of life choices), theater, radio, television, visual arts, music, k-12 education, literature, advertising, counseling and therapy, political activism, higher education curriculum design, and other media. Managing the collection involves cataloging the finds in systematic ways and assessing items in reference to several categories of metadata.
Second, a Farrell Fellow will do new research to expand the archive to include some simple quantitative data, specifically, patterns in social media and google searches.
Third, a Fellow can expect to work on the development of a template for scripting and producing short public-facing audio essays each of which would showcase a specific item from the archive, placing it in a meaningful context.
If the applicant has experience with the production of visual essays, it is possible to utilize that to produce a short piece on the overall project.
Fellowship Structure and Timeline:
It's possible that there could be two Fellows if students’ interests and their schedules of availability make the work easy to divide. Please make your interests clear. We would all be a team in any case.
Start date is flexible (mid June in time to participate in Farrell Fellow activities scheduled by the department). Precise summer and term-time hours to be worked out. Work is self-directed. Meetings will be in person and, when necessary during part of the summer, via FaceTime.
Some familiarity with the figure of Socrates from coursework or other experience. For the archive expansion, the ability to do scraping work, gathering information about patterns in social media (e.g.,hastags, google Ngram, google trends). Ability to keep clear records and work with excel sheets. Understanding of the importance of getting details rights. For the audio essays, some technical familiarity would be good but it is fine to expect to learn this process together.
Learn more about Prof. Sara Monoson.