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February 11 2014

Research Fellowship Takes Off

18 students selected as Worker Institute fellows for spring 2014

ILR students begin their research fellowships at the Worker Institute this month. This is the first time that the Worker Institute has offered research fellowships during the academic year. In total, 18 students were selected as research fellows.

Working closely with faculty throughout the spring semester, students will collaborate on their selected research projects. Projects include: the Precarious Workers Research Network, Project Sandy, Young Workers and the Labor Movement, the Labor Law Clinic, the Restaurant Opportunities Center project, China: Labor and Citizenship, and Unions and Inequality. In most cases, students will work in "semi-autonomous" teams of three, and all students will gather together twice during the semester to present and discuss research findings.

The fellowship program provides an opportunity for students to contribute to important projects concerning workers and unions, expand their research skills, learn about the labor movement and potential career paths, and interact with faculty and other fellows.

"There is a growing demand among ILR students for engagement in faculty research and the Worker Institute is pleased to offer these opportunities to our students," said Lowell Turner, director of the Worker Institute at Cornell. "This is a pilot project for us, one that we will continue to develop and promote in the coming years, in both fall and spring semesters."

The Worker Institute also offers a paid summer fellowship program in New York City and Ithaca. For more information about the Worker Institute research fellowship programs, please contact Ken Margolies at