Apprenticeships

G.R.O.U.P. Apprenticeships paired faculty members and undergraduate students in summer research projects, allowing the students to develop new skills under the guidance of a faculty mentor and to experience the rigor and excitement of academic research in an area of their interest.

The apprentice, Hillary Lehr, conducted interviews, collected personal essays, and helped create a multimedia database of the project.

The apprentice, Bianca Cano, focused her research on recent developments in the access to new media by the Spanish speaking population of the U.S.

This team is a continuation of the TEAM Project that was conducted on a weekly basis in the Spring 2006. Students who participated in the semester long project were given the opportunity to continue their research in the field during the summer.

Inna Volynskaya, the student apprentice, participated in oral history fieldwork; read scholarly texts that address some of the histories and social obstacles around racism, poverty, education, health care, immigration and more faced in the community of Richmond; and paired with artists to develop images, content of material, the arrangement of space, and the deployment of sound in order to imagine the best way to provoke reflection in the installation.

The apprentice, Stephanie Lowe, spent two months in Phnom Penh conducting in-depth interviews with participants in and observers of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. Upon returning to Berkeley, Lowe wrote up the results of the research in the form of a report placed on the web site of the War Crimes Studies Center.

The apprentice, Zachary Wiley, assisted in the recording of Brazilian pilgrimage narratives. Wiley spent six weeks in Santana do Cariri and took the lead in development of a web page for the museum in which narrative materials are displayed.

The project involved collecting narratives for El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Haiti, and Grenada, which were used for a fall graduate seminar and a spring freshman seminar. The apprentice, Rene Flores, was invited to continue with the project through the year and to participate in the seminars.

Student Apprentice Ian Cheng researched the integration of scientific and creative thought as well as the corresponding toolsets in producing computer graphic simulations.

The project developed the first book-length work to provide an in-depth analysis of how Americans dealt with the air, water, and noise pollution associated with industrial development prior to the advent of strict federal pollution regulation in the 1970s. The apprentice, Swetha Doraiswamy, learned how to identify, collect, analyze, and summarize case law reports meaningful to the research.

Student Apprentice Agnes Malinowska put together a map of individuals, institutions, funders, and discourses surrounding sexual rights, and worked to articulate how—and if—these elements intersect with the larger human rights world.

This project created a website with content about nonviolence in accessible formats for various key audiences. Student Apprentice Matthew Taylor researched a specific case study on Israel/Palestine, where there is much interest in nonviolence on both sides of the conflict.

This project examined the impact of the introduction of print on narrative culture in Spain at the turn of the 15th century. Student Apprentice Sergio Delgado gained hands-on experience in traditional scholarly areas such as descriptive bibliography and the history of the book, but also in contemporary critical approaches that view literature both as text and as material object, and as part of the larger historical study of culture.

The project aimed to record and film the Huave music and dances for preservation, continued music analysis, and future artistic uses in new media projects. Student apprentice Edvis Shahbazian assisted in the digitizing process, musicological classification of data, and presentation of the data online through UC Berkeley servers.

The undergraduate apprentice, Justin Laue, researched a history project on National Park “friends” groups (concessionaires and natural history associations), analyzing and interpreting text and graphic arts.

Rebecca Lindsay, the student apprentice, gained invaluable experience: meeting poor Guatemalans and gaining insights into the monumental hardships—the economic difficulties, the cultural shock and adjustment, as well as the psychological burden, endured by these new arrivals.

Kristin Birdsong researched the development of testing methods used to identify and categorize "gifted" children. By exploring both their medical background and the social stigmas placed on “gifted” children, the study clarified the nature of the relationship between the medical categorization and the stigma.

The research apprentice, Elizabeth Lee, travelled to Çatalhöyük as excavating digital documenter. Lee contributed to the primary database of the Çatalhöyük Archaeological Research Project, the database that forms the basis for publications emanating from the project.

The student, Sun Lee, researched the Gacaca Courts in Rwanda to assess the first trials conducted before Gacaca courts. The position required one month of research in Rwanda.

The apprentice, Heidi Little, studied civil liberties in wartime, with a special focus on the history of the Industrial Workers of the World in California (the Wobblies), 1917- 1919.

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