2015 WISCER Summer Fieldwork Award

a well used Field Notes notebook

Today we are launching the WISCER Summer Fieldwork Award.

The award will go to three sociology graduate students hoping to do qualitative research (ethnography, interviews, CA) over the summer. The award is for field research, not writing up research, and can be used by people doing research in Madison or elsewhere. Any student in sociology who does not already have summer funding (e.g. through a PAship, teaching, or other award) is eligible to apply, including students at the very beginning and the very end of research. The understanding is that students will be conducting fieldwork full time.

The award is for $3,750 and does not cover tuition, health care, or any other benefits.

Students who accept the award have no formal requirements other than to do heaps and heaps of fieldwork, but students can choose to meet regularly, over skype or in person, with fellow awardees to create a little hub of advice and support.

To apply, please send a memo of no more than 500 words, detailing your overall project, your access, your irb approval status, what fieldwork you plan to do, and why this summer is the right time to do it. Please include your year, your advisor’s name, if you have one, and whether this will be for a master’s or a dissertation. Also include if you’ve had any fieldwork training and what training that is (not necessary to get the award). Send the memo to Also attach a current CV.

The application is due April 25th at 5pm central. Award announcements will go out early May.

Any questions, please email Alice Goffman and cc Dana Rasmussen.

Go Madison fieldworkers!

Howard S. Becker and Rob Faulkner’s “Thinking Together”

Howie Becker, who gave us Outsiders, Tricks of the Trade, and Writing for Social Scientists, has published a new e-book about writing – this time a blow-by-blow backstage account of his collaboration with Rob Faulkner on their book Do You Know.  The book is about jazz musicians playing together, and they wrote it through a series of email exchanges, revealed here with humor, wit, and a good deal of insight. In his classic style, Becker has again de-mystified the scholarly enterprise, this time the collaborative creative process of writing a book. Thinking Together can be purchased on Amazon here.


WISCER Launched!

photo 1Launched in 2014, WISCER is a community for students and faculty, devoted to investigating the social world through firsthand observation and interviews. WISCER is hosted out of University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Department of Sociology and Department of Community and Environmental Sociology. Learn more about us under Who We Are, and get to know our Faculty and Student participants. To post an upcoming class or event, submit your bio, or add your name to the listserv, email Esther HsuBorger at