How do we tell compelling stories about complex historical, cultural, and social realities - great stories that stay with the audience, and even change minds? Story+ is a new 6-week summer research experience for students – undergraduate and graduate – interested in bringing academic research to life through dynamic storytelling. Undergraduates will work in small teams with graduate student mentors, in a collaborative and creative research environment. Each project will also have a client. Students will learn to conduct qualitative, humanities-based research (e.g. archival research, narrative analysis, visual analysis, ethnography, to name only a few) and to communicate their research through effective storytelling techniques. Final projects may take the form of writing, websites, exhibits, short films/videos, or other genres, depending on the project's goals. Project teams for Summer 2017 include:
- A Pope Wrote a Dictionary: You Figure Out How
- Race and Ethnicity in Advertising
- RTI International 60th Anniversary Commemoration
- Suckers and Swindlers in American History
- Talking Wages: The impact of Fight for 15 on the Political Discourse of Minimum Wage Fights
Story+ will take place during Summer Term 1 (May 17-June 28). Undergraduate participants will work approximately 8 hours a day on projects and will receive a stipend of $3,000. Students are responsible for arranging housing (residence halls are open for the summer term). Each project team will be led by at least one graduate student mentor, who will dedicate approximately 12-15 hours per week and receive a payment of $2,500 in the form of a research fund. Project teams will work in collaborative work space at the Franklin Humanities Institute, as well as at offsite locations to collect data. Students will also participate in regular learning lunches related to effective storytelling techniques.
How to Apply
Story+ is open to (1) all undergraduates, except graduating seniors and (2) all graduate students, with preference given to doctoral students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. Students may apply to one, or more, of five projects (see above). The application consists of two short essays, a resume, a writing sample, an unofficial transcript, and contact information for two references. Graduate students interested in a mentoring role on a Story + team should follow the same application process. The deadline for priority consideration of applications is Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5:00pm. Applicants will be notified by the end of March.