The A&S Department is highly supportive of student research through coursework, independent studies, study abroad, EXCEL, Bergh Scholars, and senior theses. In addition, the department supports student research through its Ethnographic Research Fund. As outlined in the deed of gift, the fund’s purpose is “to provide funding for students studying Anthropology and Sociology to participate in field study and ethnographic research focused on global concerns.” The deadlines for applications for support from the Ethnographic Research Fund are typically in mid-October and early April. Application information is available here: ERF-announcement-2024-25.

Some examples of recent student research projects supported by the ERF include the following: precarity and insecurity in contemporary Beirut, the role of classical music in the construction of post-war Peruvian national identity, the impact of state-level policies on formerly incarcerated women of color, healthcare providers’ perspectives on undocumented immigrants’ maternal medical care, a multi-sited ethnography of immigrant experiences of privatized state surveillance, and many more.

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