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SSP Spring 2017 Project Openings

The Student-Scholar Partnership Program - the SSP - is an exciting, paid, mentoring internship for sophomores, juniors and seniors offering educational and real-world experience. Students are hired for 50 hours of meaningful work over the course of a semester and are paid $11.00 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 2017 SSP

Open Positions


Project Titles (Scroll down for more detailed information)

1. “Move Over, Ms. Nice” Gender Book Proposal with WSRC Scholar Rosalind Barnett

2. Art Exhibition Asst: “Women in the Construction Trades: “On Equal Terms-Virtual” with WSRC Scholar Susan Eisenberg

3. “Leadership In Healthcare” Research Assistant with WSRC Scholar Nance Goldstein

4. Jewish Family Advice Columnist Assistant  with WSRC Scholar Ruth Nemzoff

5. The Role of Mindfulness in the Creative Process (relating to Buddhism) with WSRC Scholar Rosie Rosenzweig

6. Gender and Achievement Concerns: The Evolving Meaning of “Fear of Success” with WSRC Scholar Phoebe Schnitzer

7. “Women and Children First: The Remarkable Life of Dr. Susan Dimock” Book Project with WSRC Scholar Susan WIlson


 Detailed Project Information:

1.  “Move Over, Ms. Nice” Gender Book Proposal with WSRC Scholar Rosalind Barnett

 Author's Description: In our society, girls from an early age are reared to 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 Student and I will either be finishing a new book proposal, or working on the initial stages of the book, Move Over Ms. Nice. This will be a trade book aimed at a general audience. It will be written in a reader-friendly style, easily accessible to a wide audience,

 The Student will have specific projects. S/he will set up and monitor a social media effort to collect anecdotes from women who have first-hand experience with having to measure up to the Niceness Mandate.  The Student will also 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 what 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.


Related coursework:  Interest in Gender studies, psychology, journalism are all helpful        

Technical Skills: internet savvy, Library skills, writing skills

Past Experience: Some journalism experience would be ideal        

Other: 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.

 2. Art Exhibition Asst: Women in the Construction Trades: “On Equal Terms-Virtual” with WSRC Scholar Susan Eisenberg

 Artist’s Description: “On Equal Terms—Virtual” is a web-based, interactive art exhibition about women in the construction trades (still 2.5% of the workforce after almost four decades) which is planned to launch late spring 2017. It’s based on a touring 900-square-foot mixed-media art installation, On Equal Terms (combining audio, poetry, photographs, 3-D mixed media, witness, artifacts), that first exhibited in Brandeis’ Kniznick Gallery in 2008. Student Partner will assist me, the Curator/Researcher/Artist, working with a team that includes a Lead Developer in Brooklyn and Graphic Designer in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Please contact Kristen Mullin, SSP Program Coordinator for a more detailed description: mullin@brandeis.edu.


Related coursework: Not necessary but might be of particular interest to students in Women’s and Gender Studies, or students in graphic arts or media studies with an interest in social justice.      

Technical Skills: Comfort with the internet, and using the media lab.  Let me know what you’re able to do. Mainly I’m looking for someone who is reliable, detail-oriented, and flexible, who has interest in the project.           

Past Experience:    Awareness about discrimination.          

Similar Professional Interests: This is a great experience for someone interested in/familiar with activism using social media; alternative strategies for addressing issues of full and fair inclusion. 

Other: Applicants should be aware that while some of the material is celebratory and joyful, some is quite difficult and includes situations of sexual assault, physical violence, suicide, and murder.

3.  "Leadership In Healthcare" Research Assistant with WSRC Scholar Nance Goldstein

 Scholar's Description:  Leading Healthcare Innovation - A Guide to Mastering Leadership in Turbulent Time.  Leading innovation requires very different capabilities than leading the status quo. Moreover, the current turbulence demands more and better leaders to re-invent healthcare. This project will create a guide that unpacks the vague, confused concept of “leadership” to clarify the challenges healthcare leaders actually face and want to succeed in and enable them to find ways to gain these capabilities. It uniquely will identify the skills healthcare leaders truly need to lead innovation and clarifies where and how they can gain them.


Related coursework: Preferred:       Healthcare industry changes

Technical Skills:     Required: Experience with online search, Orderliness and clarity in keeping notes, record of searches, etc.  Preferred: Social media familiarity

Past Experience:  Required: Experience & ease of negotiating social Media; Work experience of respectful Communication, accountability; Ability and willingness to ask questions if there is difficulty, ambiguity or confusion that impedes progress.  Preferred:  Academic or work experience with Online searches

Other: Interest in the topic; Genuine curiosity that guides one’s work; Openness to exploring possibilities

4.  Jewish Family Advice Columnist Assistant with WSRC Scholar Ruth Nemzoff

Project Description: Scholar is  the advice columnist for several Jewish newspapers, so the student and she will be writing columns together. Also, the pair will blog about contemporary family issues as well as politics. Additionally, they will write speeches and create PowerPoints on these topics.  The Sstudent will add his/her ideas to the Scholars’ and will be the leader in teaching Scholar where to explore on line. Student will provide technical skills and will write and edit with Scholar.


Related coursework: No mandatory courses -  The student should be intellectually curious and interested in making connections between ideas. Area studies, psychology, family relationships literature, and history all add to the project.

Technical Skills:     Familiarity with Facebook, Twitter and the blogesphere .

Past Experience:  Person should be an excellent writer and editor. Preference given to individuals with knowledge on how to expand online audience.  Spelling and proofreading skills essential.

Other: I would like the person to show some excitement about the work and contribute ideas, as well possess an appreciation of Jewish culture.

 5. The Role of Mindfulness in the Creative Process (relating to Buddhism) with WSRC Scholar Rosie Rosenzweig

Author Description:  The Role of Mindfulness in Creativity is a book in progress about mindfulness in the creative process. This will  hopefully  demonstrate how artists, regardless of their areas of expertise, their experience or inexperience with mindfulness, all experience similarities during the process of creating - sometimes called “flow.”  Flow is equated to a meditative state in this book. Culling from interviews with over 40 artists, the book will show how each artist is in a state of some kind of mindfulness: some do this while engaged in a vigorous activity like exercise, other. Student and Scholar may need to question meditators about their experience to equate it to “’Flow.”

 The manuscript’s chapters will need editing and continual feedback from the student. He or she will do research into the Buddhist approach and take pertinent notes for the book. The student must be able to summarize research findings and/or various Buddhist ideas and elements from the interviews.  She or he can read the interviews and find parallel quotes important to the thesis of the book.  Student and Scholar may need to question meditators about their experience to equate it to “’Flow.”


Excellent writing and editing skills required, as is a writing sample. Sample can be a past graded paper or a written piece which demonstrates ability.  An interest in the Buddhist approach and the publishing process is helpful. 


6. Gender and Achievement Concerns: The Evolving Meaning of “Fear of Success” with WSRC Scholar Phoebe Schnitzer

Project Description: Since its introduction by Matina Horner (1969), “Fear of Success” (FOS) has evolved from a groundbreaking construct highlighting gender differences, to a hotly contested characterization of women, and eventually to an idea viewed with widespread skepticism. Asking, “To what extent was FOS a phenomenon of its times?” our research examines responses of female and male undergraduates from different eras and different populations as they completed stories to the   cue, “After first term finals, Anne/John finds her/himself at the top of her/his medical school class.” With a central focus on gender differences, the research highlights the evolution of earlier to current success themes, and their relationship to the social climate of each era.

 Thus far, the project has been involved in the ongoing process of analyzing stories produced by a large new sample of subjects. For this group of subjects, we have already analyzed the original “fear-success” stories; two new story prompts were devised, aiming at exploring the perceived consequences of success on family and community –of-origin relationships.

Up to this point my most recent student was actively involved in developing the coding system for one of the new stories, and completing the actual coding. For the coming Spring semester 2017, we will turn to a further set of stories, again with the aim of developing a coding system and then completing the actual coding.


Coursework in Psychology and or Women’s Studies; Interest in working with qualitative data; Professional interest in Social sciences, Pysch., Sociology or Gender helpful

Related coursework: probably a good idea to have some social science coursework       

7."Women and Children First: The Remarkable Life of Dr. Susan Dimock" Book Projet with WSRC Scholar Susan WIlson

 Author's Description: Though her name lives on in Roxbury’s Dimock Street and in the Dimock Center that still straddles that road, Susan Dimock’s (1847-75) important story has been essentially unknown in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. To her contemporaries in Boston of the 1870s, however, she was known as a strong, selfless pioneer in American medicine —among the first group of physicians to provide professional health care by, and for, women, and one of the finest, most respected surgeons (male or female) in Massachusetts. I am working on the first full-length biography of her life.


Related coursework: ideally, one or more of the following: American history, women’s history, LGBTQ history, Boston history, North Carolina history, and medical history.           
Technical Skills:   computer skills, online research  
Past Experience:   anything that combined their related coursework and tech skills (see above)             
Similar Professional Interests: an interest in women’s history; interest in medical history, 19th century LGBTQ history, and medical history would also be plusses; an interest in good storytelling  that brings history and historical characters to life
Other: good sense of humor; good work ethic; dependability.