Research Opportunities

Grants & Fellowships

*New* Berger Institute Faculty Summer Grant

The Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children is pleased to announce its 2014 Faculty Summer Research Grant Program. This program supports and encourages faculty summer research on projects related to issues of work and family. Berger Institute Faculty Summer Research Grants will include a limited number of awards in the amount of $5,000 each to work directly with a CMC undergraduate (graduating seniors do not qualify). Student research assistants will receive either $3,000 for full-time work or $1,500 for part-time work and should be employed in meaningful and valuable roles in the research agenda. Click here to download the application.

Application materials are due Monday, April 7, 2014.

Berger Institute Research Grant

The purpose of the Berger Institute Research Grant is to support and expand the ongoing research of CMC students by helping to defray the costs of a specific, student-led project (e.g. travel, equipment, etc.). The recipient is required to conduct research under the supervision of, or in collaboration with, a faculty member. The proposed project should reflect the student’s current research interest and may include research for the student’s senior thesis. While the topic should address work-family-children issues (broadly defined), all disciplines and research methodologies are encouraged and welcome to apply. The award amount will vary according to the scope and subject of the project.

Upon completion of the project, the student must provide a summary of their research findings (1000-2000 words) to be included in the Berger Institute’s spring newsletter. In addition, the student may be asked to give a short oral presentation to Berger Institute board members. Finally, the student must acknowledge the Berger Institute in any professional publications or presentations that result from this project.

Applications are accepted throughout the year, but all projects must be completed by the end of the academic year of the application and must take place in the United States. An interview may also be required as part of the application process.

To apply, please submit:

  • An application
  • A one- to two-page proposal that outlines the theoretical importance of the research, the specific research methodology that will be used (including sample data and collection materials), and its connection to work-family issues;
  • A cover letter;
  • A one-page detailed budget;
  • Resume;
  • Transcript (unofficial is fine);
  • One faculty reference that we may contact who can speak to the feasibility of the student begin able to successfully complete the project.

Students will typically find out whether they have received the award 2-4 weeks after receipt of the application. For more information, please contact Gabi Grannis.

Research Assistants 2013-14

Research assistants work with faculty and staff on research projects assisting with literature review, data collection, data analysis, and research. Research experience and knowledge of research methods and statistics is a plus. Research assistants also provides administrative and clerical support for faculty and staff on various projects and events, and general office assistance including word processing, data entry, spreadsheets, telephone calls, photocopying, processing mailings, errands, etc. Research assistants often have the opportunity for writing, publishing, and presenting research.

(Application Deadline: September 16, 2013)

Berger Institute Fellowship 2013-14

The Berger Institute Fellowship supports and encourages student research on projects related to issues of work and family. The recipient is required to conduct research under the supervision of, or in collaboration with, a CMC faculty member. Moreover, the Berger Institute Fellow is required to complete a research report and present their findings to the Berger Institute Advisory Board in the spring semester. The fellowship award is $1,000 (one award).

Application Deadline: September 16th, 2013. Download an application here.

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