This program is open to Juniors majoring in Politics, DWA, Economics or UEP and will provide a stipend for full time research on a public policy issue of importance to Los Angeles or the United States and either offer (1) financial support for 10-weeks of on-campus summer housing or (2) funds for research-related travel. For more information contact Prof. Caroline Heldman, Politics Dept, or the URC at email@example.com.
Interested students should apply using the Occidental Summer Research Program process. Applications are due on February 11, 2014 by 4:00 pm in the URC. If the student researcher will be travelling during the summer, then subsidized on-campus room and board will not be available, so applicants should carefully outline their travel plans or housing needs in the proposal.
If possible, fellows should present their work at the Oxy end of summer conference and at the fall SCCUR conference. Fellows are expected to submit an abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org at the conclusion of their research. Additional funds will be provided in the fellows Senior year to permit travel for presentation of their work in a way that attempts to influence policy. Questions about the application process can be directed to the Undergraduate Research Center.
Previous Gerken Fellows:
Alana Murphy, Restorative Justice: How the Right Discipline in Schools Can Help Battle Racism
Mark Silva, Public Interest Law in Los Angeles Through a Rebellious Vision
Jacqueline Adorni, Queers in Pink Keffiyehs: The Motivations of Radical Queer Activists
Christine Jones, The Effects of Teach for America on the Los Angeles Unified School District: Do You get What You Pay For?
Daniel Rosales, Scandinavia and the Success of Socialism
Mackenzie Israel-Trummel, Disaster Politics: Assessing the Impact on Student Relief Workers in Post-Katrina New Orleans
Kenneth Smutny, Application of Entrepreneurial Finance to the Nonprofit Sector of the Czech Republic
Josephine Kalika, Russian Immigrant Artists' Success as a Function of the Relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union
Emily Rasmussen, Artist Identity and Allegiance: National vs. Imagined Communities
Asen Hristov, Bulgaria's Euro-integration: A Crucial Factor for Stabilization and Sustained Growth
Maria Stoyadinova, Russia's Impact on Eastern European Transition
Drenusha Kusari, Immigration, Unemployment, and Optimum Currency Options: Implications for the enlargement of the European Union
Caspar Oswald, Contemporary Anglo-American Foreign Policy & Iraq
David Flores, Mental Health Services for Individuals with Severe Mental Illness
Bianca Karim, Women in Armed Conflict: The Story of Kosovo
Matthew Tompkins, The Nature and Future of European Security Integration
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