The Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children was established in 2001 to be a leading source of research on significant issues impacting the intersection between work and family. The Berger Institute focuses on quantitative research impacting business practices and families; supports high-quality interdisciplinary research by talented CMC professors, which will lead to publishing opportunities; provides challenging and stimulating educational experiences for CMC students from freshman year through graduation, resulting in high-quality student work and publishing opportunities; and connects the wider CMC community, including alumni and parents of students to provide practical information about significant work/family issues.
Berger Institute Research Grant
The purpose of the Berger Institute Research Grant is to support and expand the ongoing research of CMC students by helping to defray the costs of a specific, student-led project (e.g. travel, equipment, etc.). The recipient is required to conduct research under the supervision of, or in collaboration with, a faculty member. The proposed project should reflect the student’s current research interest and may include research for the student’s senior thesis. While the topic should address work-family-children issues (broadly defined), all disciplines and research methodologies are encouraged and welcome to apply. The award amount will vary according to the scope and subject of the project.
Upon completion of the project, the student must provide a summary of their research findings (1000-2000 words) to be included in the Berger Institute’s spring newsletter. In addition, the student may be asked to give a short oral presentation to Berger Institute board members. Finally, the student must acknowledge the Berger Institute in any professional publications or presentations that result from this project.
Applications are accepted throughout the year, but all projects must be completed by the end of the academic year of the application. An interview may also be required as part of the application process.
To apply, please submit:
- An application
- A one- to two-page proposal that outlines the theoretical importance of the research, the specific research methodology that will be used (including sample data and collection materials), and its connection to work-family issues;
- A cover letter;
- A one-page detailed budget;
- Transcript (unofficial is fine);
- One faculty reference that we may contact who can speak to the feasibility of the student begin able to successfully complete the project.
Students will typically find out whether they have received the award 2-4 weeks after receipt of the application. For more information, please contact Gabi Grannis.
Newsletter: Happenings at the Berger Institute
The Berger Institute is currently hiring student Research Assistants for the 2013-2014 academic year. Click here to download an application. Applications are due by Monday, September 20th.
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September 18, 2013: Zach Wahls, “What Makes A Family?” The son of two lesbian mothers, this 19-year-old University of Iowa student shares his fresh, bold perspective on the issue of gay marriage. Co-sponsored with the Athenaeum.
September 23, 2013: Gloria Allred, “Women’s Rights and Women’s Wrongs – Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and Sexual Assault on College Campuses.” Allred currently serves as president of the Women’s Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Time magazine called her “one of the nation’s most effective advocates of family rights and feminist causes.” Co-sponsored with the Athenaeum, ASCMC, the Kravis Leadership Institute, and the Center for Writing and Public Discourse.
February 11, 2014: Rebecca Jo Plant, author of Mom: The Transformation of Motherhood in Modern America. Plant is currently an associate professor in the History Department at the University of California, San Diego. Recently, she has been researching and writing about the psychological, social and political consequences of war in the nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S.
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