The Health, Humanities, and Society Initiative works with students to explore new approaches to social and cultural problems in health and healthcare. It seeds projects that use the rigorous tools of the humanities and social sciences to address health challenges, focusing especially on the interactions between the digital world and healthcare.
The core of these projects is cross-disciplinary and intergenerational collaboration and their aim is to improve the relationship between health and our society.
In this way, the initiative research will build on the humanistic and social science competencies training students acquire in the Health, Humanities, and Society minor, helping them tackle health issues from historical, ethical, narrative, social, and cultural perspectives. These research collaborations are not focused solely on clinical settings but on health in all of its forms, including fields like nursing, public health, and global health and topics like race, gender, class, sex, and disability.
Health, Humanities, and Society Research Funding
The Health, Humanities, and Society Initiative invites students to apply for funding to use methods from the humanities and social sciences to pursue health-related research.
Applicants have two options: They can either propose independent research or propose to join an existing faculty-led research project.
Create your own research project
If you already know what questions you want to ask and have a faculty mentor identified, you can apply for up to $750 to purchase necessary equipment or supplies, travel to relevant libraries and archives, or pay yourself a stipend.
Applications for self-directed research will require a summary of your research project that identifies research questions, relevant methods, addresses the larger scholarship to which your research speaks, and clearly outlines the contributions you expect to make to your chosen field. You will also be asked for a preliminary budget, the name and email address of your faculty mentor, and clear statement of how this research will benefit your studies.
Join an existing research project led by a faculty member
If you want to join an ongoing research project, you can apply for a $500 stipend to support your research. These applications will ask you to provide information about the project you wish to join, its director, and your expected role. You will need to be able to identify what you will specifically accomplish doing this work (i.e. what piece of the project will become yours) and how this will contribute to your education and career path.
You can find information on existing projects at the Health, Humanities, and Society website.
If you are interested in joining a project that isn’t listed here, please contact Professor Sari Altschuler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are due October 15th, 2021 by 5pm. Completed forms can be sent to email@example.com with the email subject set as “HHS – [type of application – independent OR joint] – [YOUR LAST NAME]”
For additional information, please contact Sari Altschuler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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