Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

8th Annual Weekend Workshop on Field Research Methods

January 23rd, 2016
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Location
100A Jones Hall
Greenleaf Conference Room

8th Annual Weekend Workshop on Field Research Methods
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided
Not for Credit

How will you get the data you need for your thesis or dissertation? Do you envision immersing yourself for months in the local culture? Or tromping the hills and farms seeking respondents? Sorting through dusty archives in a ministry archive? Observing musicians at work in the plaza? Downloading and crunching numbers on a computer? For any of these approaches: How do you get there, from here? This workshop aims to help you approach your data collection and analysis for your thesis or dissertation topic, adapt and refine your topic to be more feasible. You will take your research project ideas to the next step—whatever that may be, including raising travel grants. The workshop should help you:

  • plan more efficient, feasible, and rewarding fieldwork
  • prepare more compelling and persuasive grant proposals
  • navigate choices of research methods and course offerings on campus
  • become a better research and fieldwork team-member

Format
This is an engaged, hands-on, informal workshop. All students will actively share ideas and participate. We will brainstorm alternatives, compare research approaches, ask tough questions, and share advice. You will be encouraged to think differently about your topic, questions, study sites, and locations as well as language preparation, budgets, and other logistics. The participatory format is intended to inspire you with new thinking, strategies, and practical advice. You will build student networks to continue learning about –and conducting — field research. The workshop is lead by Laura Murphy, PhD, faculty in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, and affiliate faculty in the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Who is this for?
The workshop is targeted to Stone Center graduate students , and graduate students from other programs (GCHB, CCC, IDEV and others) are welcome, if space is available. The workshop will be particularly helpful for those who envision research with “human subjects” (live people!).

Sign Up
Sign up by January 19 to confirm a spot. To register, send an email to Laura Murphy at lmurphy2@tulane.edu with the following details: Your name, Department, Degree program, Year at Tulane, Prior practical experience in research; Prior academic training in research design and/or research methods. Important! Include a paragraph statement of your research interests and needs (i.e., summer field research).

For more information: Contact Laura Murphy or Jimmy Huck (jhuck@tulane.edu)

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