Annenberg Undergraduate Fellows for Education and Social Policy

About the Annenberg Undergraduate Fellows Program

The Annenberg Undergraduate Fellows program aims to prepare current Brown undergraduates to engage in rigorous empirical research in education and social policy. It begins with an 8-week paid internship that provides Fellows with research experience and professional learning opportunities through both workshops and direct participation in research projects focused on students, schools, and education policy. Fellows will interact with Brown faculty who are working on education and social policy, as well as have the opportunity to join their research teams after finishing the internship. During the summer program, as well as during the remainder of Fellows’ time at Brown, the program will provide a dynamic and supportive intellectual community, opportunities to work with Brown faculty, and workshops to further build research skills. It will also facilitate transition to related graduate study programs or professions in social science and policy.

Approximately 8-10 students will be selected as the first cohort of Annenberg Undergraduate Fellows. Members of the cohort will work as research project team members and participate in workshops together during summer 2019, and will have abundant opportunities to join faculty research projects as paid research assistants and participate in Annenberg events in the subsequent semesters throughout their undergraduate careers. The Annenberg Undergraduate Fellows program welcomes applications from Brown undergraduates from all concentrations and backgrounds, and aims to build diverse, inclusive and supportive cohorts.

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Training Goals:

  1. Understand key education and social policy questions.
  2. Develop skills in data management and data analysis.
  3. Gain fluency in using statistical software to conduct quantitative analysis using large administrative datasets.
  4. Develop measurement skills including selecting and assessing measures and designing and writing survey items.
  5. Hone synthesis skills including literature reviews.
  6. Practice communication skills including data displays, visualization, and academic writing.
  7. Become an effective member of a research team.

Program Requirements:

  1. Selected Fellows are expected to spend the entire 8 weeks in the training.
  2. Selected Fellows should have a strong interest in education and social policy and motivation to continue to pursue research during their time at Brown.

Eligibility:

The program is open to Brown undergraduate students in their freshman, sophomore, or junior years.

Prerequisites: Coursework in introductory statistics (e.g., EDUC 1110, SOC 1100, CLPS 0900, APMA 1650, ECON 1620 or equivalent) and some familiarity with statistical computing software (e.g., Stata, R, etc.) is preferred though not required. The Annenberg Undergraduate Fellows program aims to build diverse, inclusive and supportive cohorts. Students from underrepresented groups and students from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Dates:

Dates: June 3 - July 26; project presentation to follow in September Selected Annenberg Undergraduate Fellows are expected to make a full-time commitment to the program for all 8 weeks.

Application Deadline:

March 1, 2019

Funding:

Annenberg will provided a $4200 stipend for completion of the 8-week, 35 hours per week, training program. We expect that Undergraduate Fellows will have opportunities to continue to work in paid research assistantships in subsequent semesters.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a personal statement (2 pages or less, double-spaced, 12-point font, 1 inch margins). Please consider the following questions in your personal statement:

  • Why are you interested in participating in the Annenberg Undergraduate Fellows program? How does participating in this program fit with your future educational and career goals?
  • How have your coursework, volunteer, and/or work experiences prepared you to engage in education and social policy research?

Applicants should also submit a transcript.

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