Social Science Research Partnerships
For me, the biggest part of the research program was the mentorship aspect. It was a really rewarding experience to be able to work one-on-one with a professor (Dr. Rachel Ellett). I got a peek into research work, publishing, and academia. In the process, I learned much more about international affairs, African politics, modern democracy, and judicial systems. I may even work with these topics or in these fields after graduation.
-Laura Savage'18 (pictured lower right, with mentor Dr. Rachel Ellett)
The research I have conducted as a McNair Scholar centers around race relations, racial discrimination, student protest, and American history from 1960 to the present. Becoming an educator, a future career goal [of mine], allows for me to continue the progressive work that I have been producing at Beloit. Through my line of work for both Beloit College’s Office for Inclusive Living and Learning (OILL) and the Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness (OADI), I have developed and planned several events that focus on providing relevant discussions to help the campus become “woke.” It is integral to the mission to get the campus discussing the issue of social injustice while emphasizing the vitality of equity and inclusiveness.
Working with Dr. Justin Pope during my first summer was great. He kind of guided me through almost every step and allowed my research to stay true to me and my goals.
-Teddy Williams'18 (pictured upper right)
Through programs like the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, the Sanger Summer Research Program, Summer Duffy Student Research, as well as a variety of individualized faculty-sponsored research opportunities, Beloit students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with distinguished faculty members on projects with real consequences.
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