​Graduate Research Funding

MA Opportunity

I am looking to hire 1 or 2 MA students on the following SSHRC funded project. This opportunity is suitable for Sociology undergrad or graduate students with a keen interest in education, family/parenting, and/or social inequality. My funding will provide RAships (valued at $20-$25/hour + 14% benefits), data collection support, and possibly conference travel related to the grant. Students working on these projects may also have an opportunity to co-publish and present papers at conferences. 

This project seeks to answer a particular set of research questions. However, I will encourage you to ‘carve-out’ a unique project for your MA (major paper or thesis). The project is still in the early stages of development, and you will have an opportunity to build in questions/dimensions that align with your research interests.  

Project: Parental Guidance: Expert Advice and How Parents Respond to It

Parents bring differential resources and advantages to childrearing. In this era of intensive childrearing, the question of how parents are advised to manage their children’s leisure time, activities, and bodies, is a vital one. This project will analyze advice to parents about children’s cognitive development, schooling, and leisure time. We propose a multi­method approach: a content analysis of parenting advice and 50 interviews with parents. We will document changes over time through a historical content analysis. We pair this with face ­to ­face semi­-structured interviews with parents, creating a rich data collection strategy to analyze Canadian and American media texts and parents' responses to expert advice.

Step 1: If you are interested, please send me an email with your CV, transcript, and a description of your research interests to: showells@uoguelph.ca  Suitable candidates will be contacted for a skype or phone conversation.

Step 2: Even if we determine there is a good ‘match’ (see Step 1), you will still need to apply formally to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology graduate program (see links below). Successful MA applicants will receive a funding package.



Dr. Steph Howells


To find out more:

My profile: https://uwaterloo.ca/sociology-and-legal-studies/people-profiles/janice-aurini

Sociology & Anthropology Graduate Studies: https://socioanthro.uoguelph.ca/graduate-studies

Admission Requirements: https://socioanthro.uoguelph.ca/graduate-studies/admission-requirements