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SSP Fall 2016 Project Openings

The Student-Scholar Partnership Program - the SSP - is an exciting internship for sophomores, juniors and seniors offering educational and real-world experience while benefiting from a supportive mentoring relationship with a Scholar. Students are hired for 50 hours of meaningful work over the course of a semester and are paid $10.00 an hour.
To apply,  please submit your resumeé to the SSP Listings through the Office of Student Employment online site: https://careers.brandeis.edu/studentjobs/
Job ID# are listed next to the title. If chosen to interview, you may need to fill out the SSP application form and submit a writing sample directly to Kristen Mullin in Epstein at the Women's Studies Research Center. The writing sample can be any length or topic (relevant to project is better).  It needs to show you can take a thought, put it in on paper, and then discuss it clearly and intelligently. Many students have used past graded papers before.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Kristen Mullin, SSP Program Coordinator: mullin@brandeis.edu        

Fall 2016 SSP

Open Positions


Project Titles (Scroll down for more detailed information)

1. Scholar Ruth Nemzoff:  Blogging about Families and Politics and Distributing on Social Media (Student Employment Job ID: 525342)

2. Scholar Ros Barnett:  "Move Over, Ms. Nice" Book Project   ( Student Employment Job ID: 525344)                                                             

3. Scholar Shulamit Reinharz:  Writing a Book based on my Father’s Memoir of Surviving the Holocaust in the Netherlands   (Student Employment Job ID: 525345)

4. Scholar Pnina Abir-Am:  RNA Splicing at 40: Recovering the Invisible Role of Women Scientists  (Student Employment Job ID: 525346)

5. Scholar Liane Curtis:  Celebrating the 150th birthday of the great American composer, Amy Beach – Fall 2017   (Student Employment Job ID: 525347)

6. Scholar Vivian Montgomery:  Developing Social Action Partnerships for Eudaimonia, A Purposeful Period Band (Student Employment Job ID: 525349)

7. Scholar Linda Pololi: Physicians in Training - Culture Examination Research Asst.  (Student Employment Job ID: 525350)

Project Details

1. WSRC Scholar Ruth Nemzoff

Blogging about Families and Politics and Distributing on Social Media Student

Employment Job ID: 525342

I am the advice columnist for several Jewish newspapers, so the student and I will be writing these columns together. Also, we will be blogging about contemporary family issues as well as politics. Additionally, we will write speeches and create PowerPoints on these topics.

The student will add his/her ideas to mine and will be the leader in teaching me where to explore on line. S/he will provide technical skills for doing so and will write and edit with me.

Qualifications:  Excellent writing and editing skills required; ; Technical Skills: Familiarity with Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.   Intellectually curious student should be interested in making connections between ideas -  Interest in area studies, Psychology, Family Relationships Literature, History, Politics and/or Psychology all add to the project. 


2. WSRC Scholar Ros Barnett

 “Move Over, Ms. Nice” Book Project

Student Employment Job ID: 525344

In our society, girls from an early age are reared be “nice;” i.e., selfless, self-sacrificing, and non-assertive. They are also taught to value “openness,” honesty, forthrightness, and self-affirmation.  These two values are mutually exclusive, creating a bind that men do not confront. In our new book, my colleague, Caryl Rivers and I, explore the origins and ramifications, as well as resolution, of this crippling bind.

The SSP will read the material Caryl and I have already gathered and identify specific topics of special interest. S/he will then identify a set of issues that are of particular interest and, in discussion with me, figure out that additional material is needed to begin developing a draft. I will work with the SSP to refine and polish the draft. The aim will be to produce several such short draft papers.  Caryl Rivers, a journalism professor at BU will also comment on the drafts.

QualificationsRelated coursework: Interest in psychology, gender, and journalism ;  Technical Skills:  Library skills, familiarity with the internet, knowledge of Endnote, and writing skills; Past Experience:  Some journalism experience would be ideal A successful candidate must be a self-starter who is willing to take writing “risks” to further her/his interest in developing good communication skills.

3. WSRC Scholar and Founder Shulamit Reinharz

Writing a Book based on my Father’s Memoir of Surviving the Holocaust in the Netherlands

Student Employment Job ID: 525345

When my father retired from his job about 40 years ago, one of the first things he did was write his memoirs, covering from the time of his birth to the age of 24 (1921-1945). He gave me a copy of the completed memoir along with hundreds of documents he saved. I need research assistance to: 1) translate documents from German or from Dutch, OR 2) go through all the accumulated archival documents and suggest how they can be incorporated into the book I am writing;  OR 3) go through the library holdings to se what supplementary material belongs in the book.; OR student to read about gender and the Holocaust to see if I have overlooked anything.

Qualifications:  Related coursework: History of the Holocaust, History of Germany, History of the Netherlands, or Jewish History  would be helpful;  Translation skills from German and/or Dutch to English , optional;  Past experience writing a long research paper;  Diligence, reliability, excellent writing skills.


4. WSRC Scholar Pnina Abir-Am

RNA Splicing at 40: Recovering the Invisible Role of Women Scientists

Student Employment Job ID: 525346

This project seeks to clarify the role of women scientists in the discovery of RNA splicing, one of the most important discoveries in molecular biology and the subject of the 1993 Nobel Prize. Made in 1977, the discovery further enables us to assess the impact of affirmative action legislation in 1972 on the careers of the first generation of women scientists whose opportunities greatly expanded in the 1970s. The project seeks to account for the relatively large number of women scientists involved in this discovery, as well as for their persisting invisibility, four decades later, not only in terms of top rewards, but also in terms of the overall under-representation of women in science.

The student will assist with preparing and conducting interviews with women & men scientists who were involved in this discovery in the late 1970s and are now in their mid- or late- 60s; Student responsibility includes background checks of scientists’ careers on the web and in the library; discussion and comments on questions suggested by the scholar; occasional interviewing both alone and together with the Scholar; interview transcription; storage & verification of transcripts with interviewees. Example of student conducted interview available upon request. 

Qualifications: Past coursework in Molecular Biology OR Biochemistry OR Genetics;   Technical Skills: database development, use of spreadsheets, digitalization of archival and other material; citation analysis; website updating; Past Experience:   literature searches in library and online; conducting interviews; Similar Professional Interests: History of Science esp. Biology; History of Women in Science; Ethics of scientific credit distribution;   Other (please indicate): some background in WGS, history, sociology, political science, chemistry.

5. WSRC  Scholar Liane Curtis

Celebrating the 150th birthday of the great American composer, Amy Beach – Fall 2017.

Student Employment Job ID: 525347

 Composer Amy Beach (1867-1944) began her career as a composer in Boston, and wrote her most successful large works while living in that city.   To celebrate her life and works, the student and Scholar will reach out to Boston-area musicians to make sure they are aware of the upcoming anniversary.  They will plan two concerts (and possibly other events, for instance presentations/panel discussions) preceding the concerts, to take place in the fall of 2017.  As time allows, they will also reach out to other musicians and ensembles nationally.  They will keep a calendar of events honoring or celebrating Beach that will take place in her anniversary year.  These events will be listed on the Amybeach.org website that was started in 2014 during my work with my SSP partner at that time. 

Student and Scholar will work with the student collaboratively in planning the events of the anniversary celebration.  They will work together in planning the concert(s) and considering the musicians to include.  They will also work together in gathering the names of musicians and ensembles to let them know about the anniversary.  With their own laptops they  can meet together and work as a team gathering this information writing the correspondence to send out.

Qualifications: Related coursework:  Interest in/knowledge of classical music a plus.  Technical Skills:  good organizational skills.  Ability to use MS Word and Excel.  Good writing skills (clear, accurate, grammatical, engaging)  Similar Professional Interests:  Feminist values. 

7. WSRC Scholar Vivian Montgomery

Developing Social Action Partnerships for Eudaimonia, A Purposeful Period Band    

Student Employment Job ID: 525349

Eudaimonia, a Purposeful Period Band, is a new musical ensemble that holds social action as a central part of its mission, partnering with thriving local service organizations whose work deserves to be lifted up.  In particular, Eudaimonia seeks to collaborate with organizations whose work brings special understanding and dignity to women in difficult circumstances. The primary job of the student worker will be to assist in contacting, communicating with, and solidifying the social action partners for two large-scale Eudaimonia programs, both of which center around women’s presence in early music as well as topics of importance to women’s pursuit of justice, security, and agency.  Please look at Eudaimonia’s website, eudaimonia-music.org

There exists an arts administration aspect to this student partner position as well. In addition to developing a system for researching, contacting, and building partnerships with social action organizations and initiatives, the student partner  will be involved with the facilitation of  large-scale performing arts events. This work will include learning about programming, communication, publicity, design, and outreach, all of which is profoundly interwoven with Eudaimonia’s mission and survival as an endeavor focused on women’s causes, both within music and in our society as a whole.

Two-hour meetings, where we would work together on the process of developing social action partnerships and other aspects of concert planning, would take place at Brandeis once a week, with 2-3 hours weekly of independent work conducted by the student, in remote communication with the scholar partner.

Qualifications:  Computer proficiency; Excellent communication and verbal and written outreach skills;  Past Experience:   Some activist experience particularly in relation to women’s causes, events organization; Similar Professional Interests:  Interest in music, performing arts, social action    


9. WSRC Scholar Linda Pololi

Physicians in Training - Culture Examination Research Asst.

 Student Employment Job ID: 525350

The National Initiative on Gender, Culture and Leadership in Medicine – known as “C - Change” for culture change – is seeking an intern to help prepare and disseminate the first phase results of an ongoing national study on the learning culture for physicians in training  “residents” in US teaching hospitals. The study includes C - Change survey results collected last year from 1708 residents training in internal medicine, pediatrics and surgery and seeks to understand differences in experiences by gender and minority status. Responsibilities will include literature review, development of tables and charts displaying research results, writing and editorial aspects of scholarly manuscript preparation and submission for publication in a peer reviewed journal, and other dissemination activities (presentations, poster sessions, etc.).

Qualifications: Related coursework: Social science research coursework might be helpful; Technical Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PPT) skills required, facility with library retrieval, experience with Stata or other statistical software a plus; Past Experience:  Design of graphic displays desired. Similar Professional Interests: Interest in health sciences.  Other (please indicate): Attention to detail essential and ability to proofread own work.