Student Research Fellow Opportunities

View the individual listings to learn more about the research position and to contact the faculty member. This page will be updated as submissions from faculty are received.

DIANE BOYD, THE FACULTY DEVELOPMENT CENTER: SEEKING 2 FELLOWS FOR SUMMER 2022

Title of the Project:

Unlocking How We Learn & Thrive

Brief description of the research project:

We seek to better understand what motivates learning among members of our community (students, staff, faculty), what makes learning stick, and how best to maximize strategies that create effective learning environments and social and intellectual growth across a number of ongoing projects.

The summer Fellows will work with FDC staff to design and execute qualitative analysis of information that has been collected to assess signature learning initiatives at Furman and the impact of professional development programs on participant agency.

Expected duties/obligations of Research Fellow:

Specifically we will:

  • Complete a literature review about learning and learner agency, including metacognition (thinking about thinking) and social aspects of learning in community—including sense of belonging, and how people learn to take risks in their learning
  • Learn about and apply quantitative coding to “unlock” the learning secrets of written texts (including reflective prompts, pre-post narratives, and assignments)
  • Learn valuable project management skills that will help you in any career post-Furman such as scheduling check ins, providing periodic project updates to the group, and sharing specific, actionable, and kind feedback for improvement
  • Learn to productively self-organize and
  • Hone your team communication and collaboration skills

Skills/qualifications that Research Fellow will need to fulfill their obligations:

Successful FDC research fellows will have good time management skills, have a high degree of intellectual curiosity, and be interested in learning about what motivates people to learn.

Contact Dr. Boyd

DAVID FLEMING, POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: SEEKING 1 FELLOW FOR SUMMER 2022

Title of the Project:

Racial Segregation and Montessori Schools

Brief description of the research project:

Schools can vary greatly in their student demographics, even schools that are located very close to each other. This can occur because of the way that public school attendance lines are drawn and because of the decisions of parents. In our study this summer, we will investigate why some types of schools create a more racially integrated student body, while others may exacerbate school segregation. We will focus our analysis on Montessori schools, which is a unique approach to education that emphasizes student-directed learning.

Expected duties/obligations of Research Fellow:

The research fellow will participate in a thorough literature review on the topic. The fellow will play a large role in data collection and data analysis. Finally, the fellow will help to write up the results of the study. The fellow will have regular meetings with me to discuss any questions and to check progress.

Skills/qualifications that Research Fellow will need to fulfill their obligations:

This study will involve quantitative statistical analyses. The fellow should have taken at least one class in research methods or statistics. It will also be expected that the fellow has some familiarity with statistical software (e.g., R, Stata, SPSS).

Contact Dr. Fleming

OMAR CARMENATES, MUSIC: SEEKING 3 FELLOWS FOR SUMMER 2022

Title of the Project:

The Composing for Percussion Seminar

Brief description of the research project:

Started in 2020, The Composing for Percussion Seminar (hosted by Furman University) has been an annual summer gathering of percussionists and composers from around the world. The 3-week seminar features classes, private lessons, and roundtable discussion sessions all in a virtual format.

At the core of the Composing for Percussion Seminar (C4P) experience is the close relationship of the host to the participating artists. The Furman University Percussion Ensemble acts as the “house ensemble” to read and record new works written by participants (with coaching from C4P faculty), ending in multiple world premiere performances and professional recordings of works created in an accessible, low barrier-of-entry environment for developing composers and artists.

Expected duties/obligations of Research Fellow:

For this 2022 Composing for Percussion Seminar, I am seeking 3 Research Fellows to aid in all aspects of the seminar including organization, artist relations, and multimedia content creation.

While those duties are the more public-facing tasks required of fellows, each fellow will also get one-on-one instruction from me on recording technology and audio engineering through the term of the fellowship as well as one-on-one graphic design instruction from C4P’s g house graphic designer. Through this instruction, each fellow will then get to apply their newfound skills to both act as a recording engineer AND as a performer on the multiple recordings that will be need to be made from the 2022 seminar (and any unfinished ones from 2021).

Skills/qualifications that Research Fellow will need to fulfill their obligations:

  • Basic fluency in digital media creation via software of their choice
  • Basic fluency in Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel
  • Must be a composer and/or percussionist
  • Regularly accessible to email, and other forms of digital communication.
  • Fluency in running Zoom meetings and webinars.

Contact Dr. Carmenates