»Support for Graduate Research and Creative Activities

A key component of Chapman University's mission to provide personalized education is the many opportunities for students to undertake research and other creative projects, working closely with their professors. The availability of grants and assistantships as well as the research consulting and tutorial services of the Earl Babbie Center promote excellence in graduate student research at Chapman University.

+-Graduate Student Grants

In line with their commitment to the scholarly and creative activities of graduate students at Chapman University, the Office of the Chancellor and the Graduate Academic Council offer Scholarly/Creative Grants and Conference Travel Grants to all current graduate students.

NOTE: Students may apply to receive both a Scholarly/Creative Grant and Conference Travel Grant(s) within the same calendar year.

Graduate Student Scholarly/Creative Grants
Scholarly/creative grant awards are intended to provide support for a variety of clearly defined scholarly or creative projects.

Graduate Student Scholarly/Creative Grant Application Cover Sheet: To apply for a scholarly/creative grant please fill out this cover sheet and submit it, along with any supporting documents, electronically to Rodè Cramer at cramer@chapman.edu

Graduate Student Scholarly/Creative Grant Program Explanation: Please refer to this document for details about the Graduate Student Scholarly/Creative Grant program, including application deadlines, funding limits, and spending restrictions.

Graduate Student Scholarly/Creative Grant Expenditure Guidelines: Please refer to this document for guidelines related to the expenditure of scholarly/creative grant funds, including usage restrictions.

  • The guide to Chapman University's fiscal policies and procedures provides further direction regarding the expenditure of grant funds. Please familiarize yourself with them as non-compliance with these policies and procedures could risk non-payment of a grant expense.
  • Payment for professional services performed by other individuals for your grant project must be made directly to the individual by the University. All individual persons doing work for your grant project must submit a W-9 form and an employee/independent contractor’s checklist.  

Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants
Conference travel grants are intended to provide support for graduate students’ travel to give accepted presentations at conferences.

Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant Application Cover Sheet: To apply for a conference travel grant please fill out this cover sheet and submit it, along with any supporting documents, electronically to Rodè Cramer at cramer@chapman.edu

Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant Program Explanation: Please refer to this document for details about the Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant program, including application deadlines, funding limits, and spending restrictions.

Report on Use of Graduate Student Grant Award
All grant recipients must complete a Report on Use of Graduate Student Grant Award form to detail how funds were used. Completed reports, along with other required materials, are to be delivered to Rodé Cramer electronically (cramer@chapman.edu) or in person (Memorial Hall, office 308) by the deadline date. Please refer to the appropriate grant program explanation document for additional information.

Questions about the graduate student grant programs, the expenditure of grant funds, and the submission of reimbursement requests should be addressed to Rodè Cramer at cramer@chapman.edu or (714) 516-5030.

+-Earl Babbie Research Center

The Earl Babbie Research Center provides consulting services for faculty and graduate students on research design and data analysis. 

SUPPORT

Consultations
Contact our Center staff directly to set up individual consultations concerning both quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis.

Research Aid Materials

The EBRC offers information on upcoming conferences, research program opportunities, SPSS tutorials, and additional research aid materials.

INSTRUCTION

Workshops
The EBRC offers a variety of practical workshops for both students and faculty.

The following are examples of workshops that can be offered to classes or other by faculty request. Please call the Center so we can discuss how to adapt the workshops to your specific needs.

  • Quantitative v. Qualitative Analysis
  • Systematic Literature Review/Meta-analysis
  • SPSS Basics
  • OLS v. Logistic Regression
  • Understanding Statistical Output

PRODUCTION

Journal
The EBRC is home to the open access scholarly journal War Crimes, Genocide & Crimes against Humanity, available for faculty and the student submissions.

LOCATION

The EBRC is located in Smith Hall 101D.

CENTER STAFF

You may contact the center at (714) 997-6650 or use the below information to contact a particular center staff member.

Dr. L. Edward Day
Director
Ph.D., Sociology

Consultation Expertise:
Quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis; structural equation modeling; multi-site surveys; focus group interviewing

Email: lday@chapman.edu

Desireeée Fehmie
Research Methods Specialist
MPH, MSc, Health Psychology

Consultation Expertise:
Qualitative and quantitative research design and analysis; Structured and semi-structured interview procedures; IPA; STATA; SPSS; conceptualization processes

Hours: M-F, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Email: fehmie@chapman.edu

+-Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistants are graduate students who provide assistance to faculty and staff in research and teaching. To the extent possible, graduate assistantships are also designed to further the graduate student’s own graduate career and development as a researcher, scholar, teacher, and professional.
Generally, there are two types of Graduate Assistantships awarded at Chapman University:

  • Research Assistants assist University faculty members with funded research.
  • Teaching Assistants assist University faculty members with various levels of teaching duties.

A limited number of research and teaching assistantships are available to graduate students. Graduate assistant positions are posted on the student employment website and in the academic department, or school as appropriate.

Assistantships are awarded by each program or college. The details of research assistantships can be obtained from the project director/principal investigator. The details of teaching assistantships can be obtained from department chairs or school deans.

The Chapman University Graduate Assistant Manual outlines the university's criteria for hiring graduate students as research or teaching assistants. Additionally, the manual outlines the expected workload for a graduate assistant, the levels of graduate assistantships, the compensation and tuition reduction that are offered to graduate assistants, and the process for resolving graduate assistant issues or complaints.

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