William & Carolyn Vreeland and Bernard J. Gallagher III Fund for Mentored Research


OVERVIEW

Through the newly established William and Carolyn Vreeland and Bernard J. Gallagher III Fund for Mentored Research, our department offers funds to majors conducting research centering on underdeveloped countries or major social problems in the U.S.

BACKGROUND

While an undergraduate at Villanova, Carolyn Everson had the opportunity to do research and co-author articles in professional journals with faculty members of the Sociology Department.  Carolyn strongly believes that this opportunity was an important influence on her intellectual and professional development.  Now a Vice President at Facebook, Carolyn has established a fund – the William and Carolyn Vreeland and Bernard J. Gallagher III Fund for Mentored Research – for Sociology and Criminology majors to recreate her experience.  Check out the video below to learn more about the Vreeland Fund directly from Carolyn:

SELECTION CRITERIA

-Sociology and Criminology majors only.

-Research can be done independently by the student under the supervision of a faculty member or as an assistant to the faculty member's project.

-Research centering on underdeveloped countries or major social problems in the U.S. will be given top priority.

-Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply.


APPLICATION AND PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

Research proposals should be submitted through the sponsoring professor and must include:

-A description of the research project to be done.

-Details of student activities in the project.

-A timetable for the work to be done.

-Summary report at completion of the project.


FUNDING

The amount of funding will depend on the type of research undertaken. Students assisting faculty members with their research will receive $1,000 for the academic year.  Students will work a maximum of 100 hours during the academic year.  Students engaging in independent research under the supervision of a faculty member can submit a proposed budget for up to $2,000, including the projected time to be spent.  Students will be paid one-half the stipend at mid-point of the scheduled work and the remaining one-half at completion of the project.

* Brochure.pdf
Brochure for The William and Carolyn Vreeland and Bernard J. Gallagher III Fund for Mentored Research


Collaborative research between professors and students -- including Carolyn Everson -- back in the early 1990s...

students

From left to right:

-Dr. Bernard J Gallagher III

-Maria Halluska Handy was an undergraduate student who co-authored three peer reviewed articles and two conference papers with sociology professors.  She is now a physician and Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Einstein Medical Center.

-Carolyn Vreeland Everson during her undergraduate years at Villanova.  She worked closely with professors from the sociology department.  She co-authored five peer reviewed articles, was first author of one of those, and was a co-author of two conference papers.  She is now Vice President of Facebook with principal responsibility for global marketing. 

-Dr. Joseph McFalls