»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

+-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 

Eligibility

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 calendar year.

Application Procedure

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 cramer@chapman.edu, 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 cramer@chapman.edu, 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, April 4, 2014. Spring 2014 applications will be carefully considered by the Graduate Academic Council. Award recipients will be notified of the Graduate Academic Council's decision by Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

 Resources for Grant Recipients

  • Funding Timeframe: Funds will be available immediately upon notification. Grant money awarded in Fall 2013 must be spent by May 31, 2014. Grant money awarded in Spring 2014 must be spent by May 31, 2015.
  • All grant recipients must complete a Report on Use of Student Research Award form to detail how funds were used. The Report on Use form must be signed by the recipient and their faculty sponsor and must include a project completion report. The Report on Use for grant money awarded in Fall 2013 must be submitted by May 15, 2014, while the Report on Use for grant money awarded in Spring 2014 must be submitted by May 15, 2015.
  • 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 cramer@chapman.edu or 714-516-5030 with any questions regarding the expenditure of grant funds.
  • The Travel Expense Report and Other Expense Report forms must be used to request a reimbursement for grant-related expenditures. Online access to these forms is no longer available. Please contact Rodè Cramer at cramer@chapman.edu 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.  

Questions about the grant program should be addressed to Dr. Lynn Horton, Graduate Academic Council Chair.

+-Graduate Assistantships

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

Visit the Institutions, Centers and Research page to learn about the Independent Research Centers and Creative Research Centers at Chapman University as well as information on the research programs and projects sponsored by Chapman's individual schools and colleges. There you will also find resources dedicated to helping faculty and students through every step of the research process.

+-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. 

SUPPORT

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

Pre-Peer Review
The EBRC staff is available to peer review research papers and proposals to be submitted for conferences and publication.

Research Aid Materials
Come to Smith 16 for information on upcoming conferences, research program opportunities, SPSS tutorials, and additional research aid materials.

Seed Grants
By 2014 the ERBC aims to have a research and travel grant program available for graduate students.

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
  • ArcGIS Spatial Statistics

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.

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, University of Washington

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

E-mail: lday@chapman.edu

Desireeée Fehmie
Research Methods Specialist
MPH, Dartmouth College
MSc, Health Psychology, City University London

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

Hours: M-F, 9am-1pm

E-mail: fehmie@chapman.edu

Nicole Tellier
Research Methods Specialist
BA, Chapman University

Consultation Expertise:
Quantitative research design; SPSS regression analysis; spatial statistics in ArcGIS

Hours: M-W 9am-4pm

E-mail: ntellier@chapman.edu

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