BARI Urban Research Fellowship for Undergraduates

The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI), an interuniversity research partnership connecting social science and public policy in Boston, is seeking applicants for part-time undergraduate research fellowships that will run the course of the 2013-2014 academic year. The fellowships, which are part of the Academic Ventures program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, are open to undergraduate students who have an interest in urban issues. Experience with data management and/or geographical information systems (GIS) software is valuable. Applicants must be enrolled Harvard undergraduates.

Fellows will work 20 hours/week and will be paid $13/hour. They will be supervised by Dan O’Brien, BARI’s Research Director. Fellows will work as a team to develop a set of online resources that BARI has designed to promote research and teaching focused on Boston, and on original research projects that utilize these resources. Efforts may include:

  • Preparing Boston-based data for academic and public use through:
    • The BARI Data Library, a repository for data describing the people and places of greater Boston, and
    • BostonMap, an open-source mapping platform;
  • Building a library of syllabi from courses at local universities that use Boston as part of the curriculum;
  • Adding to a bibliography of scholarly books and articles that are wholly or partially about Boston;
  • Carrying out other research projects relevant to BARI’s overarching mission of advancing urban research and public policy.

About the Boston Area Research Initiative
BARI is an interuniversity research partnership supported by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, and the City of Boston that seeks to spur original urban research on the cutting edge of social science and public policy. In conducting and interpreting this research, BARI seeks to forge mutually beneficial relationships among the region's scholars, policymakers, practitioners and civic leaders. More information about BARI is available at www.bostonarearesearchinitiative.net.