Take a look at High Point University’s list of undergraduate publishing opportunities in anthropology.
Take a look at High Point University’s list of undergraduate publishing opportunities in anthropology.
1. What type of fellowship/research experiences have you been involved with during your time in college?
During my time at Brown I’ve been an UTRA recipient, an Impact Providence (now called iProv) recipient, a Royce fellow and a Truman Scholar. My work has been across the board — as an Impact Providence fellow I ran BRYTE Summer Camp, as an UTRA I researched food security among refugee communities in Providence at the School of Public Health, and my Royce was focused on narrative journalism and public history, especially as it related to labor and laborers in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York (where I’m from). So – I’ve run the gamut.
2. How did you find out about this opportunity/these opportunities?
I found out about them from friends, professors, and advisers.
3. What is your favorite part about being a Royce Fellow and a Truman Scholar?
I love the community that surrounds both of the programs. Both really emphasis collaboration, and getting to know the other people involved. I’ve met some truly incredible Royce fellows and Truman Scholars and continually feel inspired by their work and commitment.
4. How has being involved with these fellowships shaped your future goals and plans?
In every way imaginable. They’ve introduced me to new people, new places, new ways of working and researching and being engaged in my communities and our world. They’ve opened the door to me to pursue graduate work and given me the work experience needed to hit the ground running in the “real world” post Brown.
5. Any advice for students looking to apply for fellowships?
Check out this great list of summer research opportunities in biomedical science all across the United States
Take a look at this great listing of opportunities for students in the arts provided by NYUs Tisch School of the Arts.
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I have been involved with fellowship experiences that have related to policy and social justice. The three programs that I have been involved with are the Penn Program for Public Service, the Public Policy and International Affairs Law Fellowship, and the Young People For program. The first program has both a research and a social justice component, encapsulated in the type of academic course which also constitutes part of the experience, a “Faculty-Student Collaborative Action Seminar”. The PPIA program was explicitly academic and research-based, and Young People For is a community action research and implementation fellowship program.
I learned about all of these programs from personal connections that I had forged at Brown. As a first-year who had frequently expressed interest in implementing an education-focused community program through the Swearer Center, I received advice to apply to the Penn Program for Public Service. As a junior, I worked during the year with the College Advising Corps, supporting a staff that included a recently-graduated alumnus who introduced me to, and wrote a recommendation on my behalf for, the PPIA program. A student in the class above mine encouraged me to apply to Young People For, after noticing my passion for social justice and community organizing.
For the Penn Program for Public Service, my favorite part of the program was the action component, in which I worked full-time for a youth-focused nonprofit, the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative. I was able to interact and form close relationships with similarly-aged coworkers, and to engage in direct service work, in which I could observe some of the same phenomena that I researched, from an up-close perspective. This was the component that left the largest impression on me, and which launched my interest and subsequent involvement in social justice and policy advocacy.
For PPIA and Young People For, my favorite part was in being engaged with other aspiring and genuine college students, interested in truly creating positive change in our world. I drew an incredible amount of inspiration from my peers, and created valuable networks and connections. The cohort-based focuses of these programs help emphasize the importance of different perspectives and teamwork in research and in professional, academic, and personal development.
As a result of these experiences, I have been able to visualize how I could create a career from my interest and passion for social justice and policy. These experiences have expanded my skill-sets and my networks, and they have given me a wider array of prospects for my future. I have gained encouragement for and insight into my future goals and plans. I have also grown to understand the requirements and expectations necessary to fulfill in order to achieve my professional objectives. I plan to become a civil rights attorney and public servant, with the eventual goal of founding a non-profit organization that provides free legal representation to indigent clients, as well as career development and college access programming to youth from underserved communities.
Search for fellowship opportunities as early as October, and bookmarking the programs that peak one’s interest, is a way of keeping options open. Cast your net wide, and apply to several different programs. It is also important to revolutionize your definition of research. For a significant portion of my college career, I saw research as a drab experience, a concept that conjured up images of isolated desks filled with books, obscure newspaper clippings, a tired and bored student, typing away at a laptop. In actuality, research can take incredibly varied forms; there is always a way to take a passion of yours and make a genuinely engaging and enlightening research opportunity from it. For me, it was the discoveries of the field of policy and the concept of action-based research, where one learns by doing, that made research a genuinely appealing practice for me.
I would highly recommend that students make genuine connections with their peers, with older students, and with faculty and staff members. All of my fellowship opportunities came about as a result of a referral from graduates of the program of interest, or from professionals familiar with the program. If these relationships exist early, and independent of their affiliation with your program of interest, these individuals can truly advocate on your behalf, and effectively recommend you.
It is important to build and utilize networks, to see these networks not just as a professional means to an end, but as individuals and groups to build meaningful connections with. I also highly recommend that students keep an open mind, when sorting through programs of interest. In my experience, it has been proven true that there are passions and interests that are yet to be uncovered, through experimentation and openness to different experiences.
I participated in the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program at the University of Pennsylvania during the summer of 2015. There, I worked on two research projects. The first study I worked on examined the treatment seeking experiences of men diagnosed with prostate cancer. I interviewed men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer to understand how they chose specialists and what qualities/characteristics they looked for in their doctors. We found that although there were highly varied patterns of specialist-seeking behaviors, most patients relied almost exclusively on their primary care physicians for referrals to specialists. This means that for preference-sensitive treatment choices, the primary care physician may have an unexpectedly large impact on treatment decisions since previous studies have shown that the specialty and other characteristics of the treating physician may actually be more influential than patient preferences.
The second project I worked on examined the individual, institutional, and environmental risk and protective factors throughout the life trajectory in the development of psychological consequences of acute traumatic injury. Using data from this project, I am currently writing a qualitative thesis on the psychological and emotional responses following traumatic injury in urban Black men.
I first learned about the SUMR program through online searches for summer programs in epidemiology and health services research. I also heard about the SUMR program from my friend, Mya Roberson ’16. I’m very interested in epidemiology and health disparities, and the SUMR program helped me develop my research skills and deepen my understanding of health inequities in the United States.
Both of the studies I worked on were qualitative ones and I really enjoyed interacting with study participants to understand their experiences with the health care system and challenges they’re currently facing. I learned a lot about how to conduct qualitative research and interact with vulnerable populations. Through these research opportunities, I’ve gained significant knowledge about study design, implementation, data analysis, and writing manuscripts.
My research experiences and mentors have encouraged me to pursue graduate studies in epidemiology. I am currently in the 5 year AB/MPH program at Brown and I hope to continue pursuing health disparities research and help identify evidence-based solutions to close health gaps in the United States.
My advice for students who are interested in pursuing research is to talk to as many people as possible – your professors, other professors who are conducting research that you may be interested in, graduate students, and people with the jobs that you think you might want to do someday. All it takes is a polite email to set up a meeting and then showing up with a prepared list of questions you want to ask. You can receive invaluable advice from leaders in their fields. From them, you can learn so much about research opportunities and how they got where they are now. You can receive advice on graduate school and life after grad school that will help you make a more informed decision about your future plans. After these conversations, you should follow up about the potential to do research with them. Then, you must work hard and try to learn as much as possible! And if you really want to be a part of some aspect of the research process and are prepared to do the work (or learn on the job), then ask to do it. You have to be your own advocate!