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Summer Undergraduate Research Assistantship Awards

The Southern Oral History Program is offering three competitive summer 2018 undergraduate research assistantship awards for students at UNC Chapel Hill. Summer Research Assistants will receive a $2500 stipend for 10 weeks of summer oral history fieldwork that includes researching and collecting oral histories for one of SOHP’s new research projects, Health, Illness and Medical Care in the South, and Southern Mix: Asian and Asian-American Voices in the South (a partnership with the Carolina Asia Center).

Research Assistants must commit to one week of intensive oral history training from June 4 – June 8, 2018 at the SOHP, followed by nine weeks of field research, for an expected total of 200 hours inclusive of the bootcamp. See below for more detailed information on the research topics.

Health, Illness and Medical Care in the South

The SOHP is initiating a major new research initiative on health, illness, and medical care in the South.  We are beginning our research in North Carolina in summer 2018. By recording and documenting oral histories with North Carolinians about their attitudes, beliefs, and thoughts about healthcare in their communities, we hope to assist providers and physicians with qualitative data to bridge gaps and deficiencies in care, and assist in patients’ engagement with care across the state. By collaborating with partners such as UNC’s School of Medicine and the Gillings School of Global Public Health, it is our hope that these stories will not only be archived at SOHP, but will begin to build a model of oral history research and training that can make a real difference in ensuring quality care in our state’s urban and rural communities.

Southern Mix: Asian and Asian American Voices in the South

Southern Mix was inspired by Asian American UNC alumni, and focuses on collecting oral histories from Asian and Asian American residents of the Triangle, of North Carolina, and of the larger region of the South. For this project, the SOHP is collaborating with the Carolina Asia Center and the Alumni Committee for Racial and Ethnic Diversity to gather these personal biographies. This project will include a wide range of stories of escape, immigration, and cultural assimilation. Students may propose their own research focus or rely on advice from SOHP and our partners.

To Apply:

Applicants may apply for one research project. While SOHP will direct the collection of interviews for each project, applicants are welcome to propose their own research focus if it falls within the themes of these collections. Applicants may apply using this link and submitting materials no later than Friday, March 23, 2018.

Applicants submit a resume, provide one faculty reference, and answer the following questions:

  • Describe your experience with oral history.
  • Which SOHP project are you applying for? Why?
  • What unique and specific skills would you bring to the SOHP and this summer research?
  • What do you hope to gain from this summer research experience? How does this apply to your studies and future goals?
  • (Optional) If you are proposing a specific project within the Medicine or Southern Mix oral history projects, please attach a one-page proposal describing the project, potential community partners and interviewees, and any other information you feel is relevant for SOHP to take into consideration.

For questions about the awards, projects, or application process, please contact Sara Wood, SOHP project manager: