Claude Fischer, Professor

Closed (1) Social networks over time

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This project involves working with the Principal Investigator, Prof Claude Fischer and a team of faculty, post-doctoral fellows on a survey to 21-30 year olds and 50-70 year olds in the Bay Area on their social relations and activities. For more information, visit the project website: http://ucnets.berkeley.edu.

URAP students will assist a research team in coding open-ended comments from a research project on social networks, and possibly working with audiorecordings of interviews. Additional opportunities possible for supporting research projects in the project team. Goal will be to understand how data are generated and prepared for analysis.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Leora Lawton, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Upper division, with coursework in qualitative research. Extra plus for quantitative research experience. Familiarity and experience in survey research a plus. Preference will be given to students interested in social networks, health, and with an interest in pursuing graduate school in social science research.

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs

Related website: http://ucnets.berkeley.edu

Closed (2) Portraits of Gentrification: When Neighborhood Change Becomes News

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This project explores media portrayals of gentrification to understand the depictions that influence Americans’ perceptions. In particular, the study investigates the type of neighborhood change depicted as gentrification, what stakeholders are given voice, how race is portrayed in the process, and how the answers to these questions vary over time (1990 to 2014) and place (San Francisco/Oakland compared with Baltimore).

Students participating in this project will gain experience in the data collection process and insight into how data collection connects with broader research analyses. Individual assignments include identifying relevant newspaper articles in microfilm and managing and organizing newspaper files.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Zawadi Rucks Ahidiana, Ph.D. candidate

Qualifications: Students should be detail-oriented and organized. Basic computer literacy is required. The 6-9 hours of work must happen some time M-F between 10am and 6pm due to the hours at which the microfilm library is open. Thus, students must have availability that overlaps with those times. This research project has no course prerequisites and is open to all class levels. Social science and humanities students with an interest in urban studies, race, and media studies are encouraged to apply.

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs

Open (3) Congregations and Competition: The Births and Deaths of Religious Congregations in Manhattan, 1915–2011

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Please do NOT contact faculty before September 11th (the start of the 4th week of classes)! Enter your application on the web beginning August 16th. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 29th at 8 AM.

People have known for centuries that firms compete, driving one another out of business. This project asks whether the same phenomenon occurs among religious congregations. The project involves documenting the founding and the disbandment of congregations, as well as their mergers and acquisitions, in the Manhattan borough of New York City from 1915 to 2011. What is it that makes some houses of worship more likely to survive than others?

Undergraduates involved with this project will aid in gathering data on religious congregations from websites and other sources, and also will aid in entering information into a spreadsheet. Thus, students will gain first-hand experience in gathering data and recording the data, which are the first two steps of the process of doing original empirical research.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Casey Homan, Ph.D. candidate

Qualifications: The most important qualification for participation in this project is attention to detail. Students also should should have excellent organizational skills. This project is open to undergraduates of all years and all majors, and there are not any prerequisites. Students who are interested in sociology or other social sciences, in the study of organizations, or in the academic study of religion would be best suited for this project.

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs