»Graduate Research Opportunities
+-Present Your Research
Academic conferences present students with valuable opportunities. They offer the chance to share research with other students and faculty members and receive valuable feedback on your work, which can help you deepen your understanding of your research. Presentations will also give your research a higher profile and help you build networks with scholars who share your interests, and increase the career options available to you. Additionally, conference presentations will enhance your career success in graduate school and beyond by helping you develop the skills necessary to communicate your scholarly ideas and research findings.
Don’t let lack of funds keep you from presenting your research at a conference - apply for a Graduate Student Scholarly/Creative Grant (information below)! Grant money awarded can be used to cover expenses related to conference presentations such as conference registration fees, and travel and lodging expenses.
Conferences Hosted by Chapman University:
Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture (ASREC) Annual Conference
The Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture will hold its 2014 Annual Conference from March 21-22, 2014 at Chapman University, Orange, California. You are invited to contribute to the conference by submitting a paper. Papers sought are those which engage with questions of economics, religion and culture across the social sciences, bringing together a wide variety of academics as well as policy specialists. For more information on the ASREC Conference and on submitting a proposal please see the ASREC Annual Conference page.
Deadline for Applications: October 4, 2013
Conference Dates: March 21 & 22, 2014
Location: Chapman University
Interdisciplinary Conference on “Religious Genderings: The Socio-Spiritual [Dis]Empowerment of Women and Men”
This interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the Department of Religious Studies at Chapman University, will focus on religion as a powerful force in shaping our conceptions of gender, a force which can be simultaneously liberative and oppressive, its institutions more often than not mirroring but also reinforcing patriarchal social structures and oppressive definitions of gender and sexuality even as its teachings may call for equality and/or androgyny in the pursuit of spiritual transformation and for compassionate individual action. The Department of Religious Studies at Chapman University invites scholars working in the area of religion, gender and sexuality from a variety of religious perspectives and with diverse academic disciplinary training to submit proposals for papers for presentation and consideration for subsequent publication. For a complete description of the conference theme and details on submitting a proposal please see the Call for Papers.
Deadline for Proposals: November 15, 2013
Conference Dates: February 27-28, 2014
Location: Chapman University
+-Graduate Research Grants
In line with their commitment to the scholarly/creative activity of students at Chapman University, the Office of the Chancellor and the Graduate Academic Council offers several Graduate Student Scholarly/Creative Grants:
- Grants are intended to provide support for a variety of clearly defined scholarly or creative projects. Grants typically do not exceed $750, but all reasonable proposals will be considered. Funds may be used for a number of purposes, including (but not limited to):
- The purchase of equipment, materials, or supplies directly related to the project
- Expenses directly related to the project such as test subject remuneration, license fees, or bio-hazardous waste removal
- Travel expenses directly related to the project such as working in an archive or collecting field data
- Funding of conference presentations such as conference registration fees, and travel and lodging expenses
All graduate students on the Orange campus, except for members of the School of Law, are eligible to apply. Graduate students may apply in either the fall (for spring semester funding) or the spring (for the following summer and fall semester funding). Graduate students may apply for only one grant each academic year.
Complete and submit the graduate student grant application cover sheet and project proposal according to the guidelines outlined in the Cover Sheet.
2013-2014 Academic Year Deadlines
- Fall 2013 applications must be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, or hand delivered to Rodè Cramer, Administrative Assistant to Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education, in the Office of the Chancellor (Memorial Hall 308) by 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 1, 2013. Fall 2013 applications will be carefully considered by the Graduate Academic Council. Award recipients will be notified by December 6th.
- Spring 2014 applications must be sent electronically to email@example.com, or hand delivered to Rodè Cramer, Administrative Assistant to Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education, in the Office of the Chancellor (Memorial Hall 308) by 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 1, 2014. Spring 2014 applications will be carefully considered by the Graduate Academic Council. Award recipients will be notified by May 1, 2014.
Resources for Grant Recipients
- Funding Timeframe: Funds will be available immediately upon notification and must be spent before May 31st of the following calendar year.
- All grant recipients must complete a report on use of grant funds form to detail how funds were used. The Report on Use form must be signed by the recipient and their faculty sponsor and submitted by May 31st of the calendar year following the year that the grant was awarded.
- The guide to Chapman University's fiscal policies and procedures and the student grant expenditure explanation provide guidelines 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. Contact Rodè Cramer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 714-516-5030 with any questions regarding the expenditure of grant funds.
- Use the travel expense reimbursement report and the other expense reimbursement forms to request a reimbursement for grant-related expenditures. Contact Rodè Cramer at email@example.com or 714-516-5030 for help completing and submitting reimbursement requests.
- 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 Research and Teaching Assistantships – A limited number of research and teaching assistantships are available to graduate students
- Assistantships are awarded by each program or college. Graduate assistant positions will be posted on the student employment website and in the academic department, or school as appropriate. 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 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.
+-Research Centers at Chapman
+-Earl Babbie Research Center
The Earl Babbie Research Center is provides consulting services for faculty and graduate students on research design and data analysis. The center can also provide workshops on the use of selected statistical packages and analytical techniques.
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
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Washington
Research Methods Specialist
MPH, Dartmouth College
MSc, Health Psychology, City University London
Qualitative and quantitative research design and analysis; Structured and semi-structured interview procedures; IPA; STATA; SPSS; conceptualization processes
Hours: M-F, 9am-1pm
Quantitative research design; SPSS regression analysis; spatial statistics in ArcGIS
Hours: M-W 9am-4pm