Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

The 9th Annual Weekend Workshop on Field Research Methods

February 11th, 2017
9 AM- 3 PM

Location
Green Leaf Conference Room, Jones Hall

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? 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, and to adapt and refine your topic to be more feasible. Take your research project ideas to the next step, whatever that may be, including raising travel grants. Join this to learn how to:
  • Plan more efficient, feasible, and rewarding fieldwork
  • Build your epistemological and grant-wiring vocabulary
  • Prepare more compelling and persuasive grant proposals
  • Navigate among research methods (and course offerings on campus)
  • Become a better researcher and fieldwork team-member

Format
This is an engaged, hands-on, informal workshop. We will brainstorm alternatives, compare research approaches, ask tough questions, and share advice. Think differently about your topic, questions, study sites as well as language preparation, budgets, and logistics. Get inspired with some fresh ideas and strategies. Form student networks to continue learning.

Facilitator
Your workshop organizer is Laura Murphy, PhD, faculty in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Prof Murphy has experience leading engaged workshops and seminars on research methods across disciplines.

Audience
The workshop is targeted to Stone Center graduate students in any year. Graduate students from other programs are welcome, if space is available. The workshop will be particularly helpful for those who envision research with “human subjects” (live people!).

Sign Up!
Space is limited. To register, email Laura Murphy with your name, cellphone, department and degree program, year at Tulane, prior research design and methods experiences. Include a short statement of your research topic and needs (i.e., plan summer field research).

For more information: Contact Laura Murphy or Jimmy Huck.

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