We recommend that you answer the questions before you start the application process and then cut and paste your responses. Please note that a full application must also include a thesis or capstone faculty adviser's letter of support, unofficial transcript, and CV or resume. The unofficial transcript and CV or resume should be sent directly to Joanne Tien, Senior Program Director of Engaged Scholarship at the Haas Center, at email@example.com, in advance of the application deadline. It is also the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the faculty adviser recommendation form is submitted by the deadline.
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Academic Major *
Program in which thesis or capstone will be pursued (if different from major)
Faculty Adviser *
Expected Date of Graduation *
The PSSP director is interested in both your personal and academic reasons for applying to the program. Please ensure that you are thorough and specific in your responses to the questions. Please respond to each question separately; each response should be approximately one to two paragraphs in length.
Describe your commitment to community-engaged work. What past experiences have you had in doing such work? Examples can include experiences in public service, community engagement, organizing, etc. *
How and what will you contribute to the development of a community of scholars and rich learning environment for your program peers? *
Describe your interest in examining questions of race, class, gender, or other relationships of power in your research. If you have a background in such analysis (taken courses in the past, done community-engaged work that addresses power relationships, etc.) describe them here. Such a background is not a prerequisite for acceptance into the program. If you are new to such analysis, please describe your interest in engaging these topics. *
Please describe the nature of your research or capstone project, your preparation for conducting it, and what you deem to be its practical applications. Please ensure that you are thorough and specific in your responses to the questions. Please respond to each question separately; each response should be approximately one to two paragraphs in length.
What is the objective of your research or capstone project? Please identify the specific research question you want to explore and explain why it is significant *
What will you do to answer the question you are posing? Please describe your theoretical framework, the methods you will use to generate and analyze data, and the logistical hurdles you may encounter -- e.g., securing research clearances/visas for international studies, translating instruments, identifying respondents, and transcribing interviews. *
What specific steps have you taken to prepare for your research or capstone project? What methods and data analysis courses have you taken or plan to take? If your project requires the participation of human subjects, have you submitted a Human Subjects Protocol? *
How do you plan to engage specific communities or "the public" in your research? Is there a community group you are already working with? If so, what is your relationship to this group? If not, what is your plan for community or public engagement? *
What might be some "real world" or practical applications of your research or capstone? How might your research benefit a specific community or the "public good"? What challenges to implementation do you anticipate? *
Please describe what motivates your interest in, and commitment to, writing a senior honors thesis or capstone project and developing a community-engaged / public scholarship component to accompany it. What is your connection to the topic, and what informs your desire to make an impact? What do you hope to learn from the experience? What impact do you hope you may have? Please limit your essay to 1000 words. *
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