On Campus Research Opportunities

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Are you interested in applying your research skills to a community setting? ACE is looking for Community-Based Research proposals from students in all disciplines.

Research Mentors: Ruth Kassel, Ph.D. (rkassele@siena.edu), Assistant Director of ACE, and Mathew Johnson, Ph.D. (mjohnson@siena.edu), Director of ACE, Assoc. Prof. of Sociology/Environmental Studies 

Description: The Office of Academic Community Engagement (ACE) is committed to creating real and sustainable change in the Capital Region through academically grounded projects and research. We are looking for students who are interested in working with our community partners for summer and academic year projects.

Step 1: Define the Research Question
Step 2: Identify a Faculty member
  • Do you have one already? If not, ACE can help you identify a faculty mentor.
Step 3: Find a Community Partner
  • All community partners for this program must be in the Capital Region.
  • If you do not have a partner, ACE can help connect you to an appropriate partner. Please check out a list of ACE partners.
Qualifications: We are looking for students from any discipline who are passionate about using research to make a difference in the Albany community. We will work with you to develop the question and identify community partners.
 
  • A limited number of summer scholarships are available for Siena students only through the Summer Scholars Program
  • Some projects also qualify for a $1,175.00 AmeriCorps educational award.
  • Many projects can be completed as part of the COMD Certificate in Community Development (http://www2.siena.edu/pages/2203.asp)

 

 

Siena College Analytical Typology to Trace Expository Rap (SCATTER)

Faculty Mentors: Vera Eccarius-Kelly, Ph.D (veccarius-kelly@siena.edu), Prof. of Political Science, and Sharon Small, Ph.D. (ssmall@siena.edu), Asst. Prof. of Computer Science

 
Description: When ideologically motivated groups and organizations feel marginalized or disrespected, they sometimes engage in acts of violence to demonstrate power or to implement social change. At Siena College, an interest in tracing particular groups' willingness to increase or decrease violent tactics was tested by using textual analysis related to several internationally active guerrilla organizations.
This summer's project will focus on applying computational techniques to examine the increase or decrease of calls for violent action articulated in the lyrics of rap and hip hop music. Three particular areas will be examined: a) changes in politically motivated calls for violence, b) changes in the levels of misogynistic articulations, and c) changes in the types of targets within the establishment (police, economic leaders, etc.) The project's intent is to identify changes related to levels of violence over time and shape appropriate policy responses.
 
 
Student Qualifications: This is a federally funded program and eligibility requirements are as follows:
  • U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents of the U.S. or its territories.
  • Students in good standing in an undergraduate degree program who will not have graduated by the end of this REU program. (This includes students graduating from a 2-year institution that have been accepted to and are enrolled in a 4-year degree program.)
  • At least 18 years old by June 1, 2014.
  • Women, members of traditionally underrepresented groups and students at a primarily undergraduate institutions and community colleges are particularly encouraged to apply.


How to Apply:

  • Applications must be received by March 7, 2014
  • Applicants are typically Sophomore or Junior Computer Science Majors.  Applications will also be considered from students in secondary disciplines relevant to the listed projects, i.e. Political Science, Environmental Science, etc.
  • Faculty recommendations are required for non-Siena College student
  • Use our Online Form to submit your Application.  Take a moment to look at the form and have all your materials ready before you begin your actual submission
  • Any questions may be directed to Dr. Sharon Small ssmall@siena.edu

 

 
 

 
Siena Environmental Review Project (SERP)

Faculty Mentors: James Booker, Ph.D (jbooker@siena.edu), Prof. of Economics, and Sharon Small, Ph.D. (ssmall@siena.edu), Asst. Prof. of Computer Science

 
Description: Each year we are faced with new and complex environmental dilemmas. In confronting these, we use a variety of opportunities for public participation to potentially shape and inform policy and regulations. But much of this public input is difficult to catalog and process: in the end it is much less useful than it should be. At Siena we have developed an automated approach to process and “understand” public input to the environmental review process. We have focused on the public comments for potential regulation of natural gas extraction using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in New York State. This summer’s project will build on previous student work by using computational techniques to better understand and interpret attitudes towards fracking contained in hundreds of thousands of pages of public comments contained in over 10GB of data.
 
 
 
Student Qualifications: This is a federally funded program and eligibility requirements are as follows:
  • U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents of the U.S. or its territories.
  • Students in good standing in an undergraduate degree program who will not have graduated by the end of this REU program. (This includes students graduating from a 2-year institution that have been accepted to and are enrolled in a 4-year degree program.)
  • At least 18 years old by June 1, 2014.
  • Women, members of traditionally underrepresented groups and students at a primarily undergraduate institutions and community colleges are particularly encouraged to apply.


How to Apply:

  • Applications must be received by March 7, 2014
  • Applicants are typically Sophomore or Junior Computer Science Majors.  Applications will also be considered from students in secondary disciplines relevant to the listed projects, i.e. Political Science, Environmental Science, etc.
  • Faculty recommendations are required for non-Siena College student
  • Use our Online Form to submit your Application.  Take a moment to look at the form and have all your materials ready before you begin your actual submission
  • Any questions may be directed to Dr. Sharon Small ssmall@siena.edu