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Global Health Research Group

CALL FOR APPLICANTS: Open April 2020 for AY 20-21

The Global Health Research Group is an opportunity for motivated undergraduates to participate in a multi-year mentoring research experience led by Professor Graboyes. The Research Group is intended for talented and ambitious students who are interested in writing theses on global health related topics; and those who are majoring in STEM fields and want to challenge themselves to think not just about science, but the ethics, history, and processes of doing science. The Research Group has a strong commitment to teaching inter-disciplinary and social science approaches. It is most appropriate for students who anticipate conducting research and writing a thesis on a topic related to global health, medicine, or science, in addition to topics that are more explicitly historical, anthropological, or related to African Studies.

Those involved in the research group will develop their academic research and writing skills, with opportunities to explore individual project topics. The Research Group is comprised of sophomores, juniors, and seniors from across the UO, with a majority coming from the Clark Honors College. The Group is committed to helping students gain skills and tools for conducting undergraduate research. By participating in this group, it is expected that all students will: 1) broaden their understanding of what a scientist is and does to recognize the importance of history of science and social studies of science; and 2) be exposed and trained to use social science research methods (primarily historical and anthropological) in future research and careers.

You can read more about the research group and the larger NSF grant that supports it here and here.

Professor Graboyes leads sessions devoted to topics such as: inter-disciplinary research methods, the basics of ethnographic research, technology to stay organized, planning for international research, and interviewing protocols. Visiting guest speakers give presentations on topics such as: the IRB research clearance process, how to develop questionnaires, interview coding, and systems for staying organized. Students also have the unique opportunity to present on their individual theses and projects in anticipation of conference presentations, applying for grants, and defending their theses.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, while Professor Graboyes is away, the co-instructor for the Research Group will be Dayna Hansberger, a MA Candidate in International Studies at the UO, who has her Masters in Public Health and is carrying out research in Ethiopia on latrine use and human centered design.

Who?

-       Rising sophomores and juniors.

-       Graduate students in related fields (International Studies, Geography, History, Anthropology)

-       Preference to Clark Honors College students, STEM majors, and Global Health minors, but all students may apply

Expectations:

o   that students will commit to participating in the Research Group until they graduate (with the exception of periods of time spent abroad for academic reasons)

o   Regular participation in weekly 60-80-minute research group meetings, which be held on Fridays, specific time dependent on student schedules

o   When hosting guest speakers, all students will come prepared having read assigned material and bring thoughtful questions, comments

o   Juniors will be expected to provide brief weekly updates regarding their individual projects; to circulate their prospectus to the group for comment and discussion

o   Seniors will be expected to provide weekly updates of their individual projects and to present their work to the group at least twice during the academic year in the form of: circulating draft thesis pages for comment and discussion; practicing thesis defense presentations; practicing conference presentations when appropriate; circulating draft grant applications

o  Graduate Students will be expected to provide weekly updates of their individual projects and to present their work to the group at least twice during the academic year in the form of: circulating draft thesis pages for comment and discussion; practicing thesis defense presentations; practicing conference presentations when appropriate; circulating draft grant applications. They will also be responsible for leading at least one research group session (developing slides, running discussion, etc)

o   All students will apply for at least one grant before graduating to support their research. This can be through the CHC, their home department, the larger university, or a national/international competition

o   All students will present their research at least once before graduating at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, or another professional conference

o   All students will present their research at least once before graduating to South Eugene High School’s Global Health Class (logistics arranged by Professor Graboyes)

Opportunities:

o   Learning and using research-oriented and organizational software programs such as Endnote, Readcube, Scrivener, Trello, and Dropbox

o   Meeting with visiting guests on Global Health topics: individualized meetings, lunches, dinners

o   Applying for a paid Research Assistant position with Professor Graboyes to work on her ongoing research and publication projects

o   Potential to co-author blog posts, Op-Ed articles, conference papers, or articles with Professor Graboyes

o   Applying for funding to present individual research at an appropriate conference

o   Applying for a 1-week all expenses paid research trip to the WHO Archives in Geneva, occurring during spring break 2020.

To Apply: Please send the following materials in a Word Document or PDF to Graboyes@uoregon.edu by May 1, 2019, 5 pm.

o   1-2-page cover letter that describes your qualifications, explains your interest in this group, discusses thesis research ideas/topics, and conveys how this group fits into your broader academic and career goals

o   1-2-page Resume

o   Academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable)

o   Names of two faculty members who have taught you, or know about your research plans (no letters of recommendation necessary)

Applicants will be contacted by May 10, 2019 and will be invited to join a Research Group meeting before the end of Spring term. 

NOTE: This Research Group, and all funds made available to students via Research Assistant positions, and travel awards (conferences, WHO archival trip) are provided by a NSF CAREER Award (“Vernacular Knowledge, Expertise, and Ethics: A Case Study of Malaria Elimination in Zanzibar, 19002018” Award # 1844715)