Applications to the Ricci Scholars program are due November 15. Listed below are the steps that you must take in order to prepare a well-rounded application:
- Consider your academic passions and what you would like to explore in Italy and China. This will help frame your research proposal.
- As a Ricci Scholar, you will conduct comparative research in Italy and China. Comparative research seeks to compare and contrast nations, cultures, societies, and institutions.
- Ricci Scholars have explored a wide variety of topics: economics, society, culture, gender, politics, technology, religion, etc.
- Connect with a faculty mentor in Chicago whose work aligns with your research topic.
- Reach out to a faculty member that may have similar research interest.
- The faculty mentor does not need to be an expert in either Italian or Chinese culture.
- Should be someone with whom you feel comfortable.
- Discuss research idea with faculty mentor and receive tips and feedback.
- Write a proposal, which is typically 2-4 pages.
- 1st paragraph: the larger/issue/problem that you would like to explore
- 2nd paragraph: the more narrowly focused project that you will pursue in in order to illuminate the larger topic
- 3rd paragraph: the questions that you will seek to address in their research
- 4th paragraph: Some discussion of the existing literature on the topic
- Communicate with Dr. Anthony Cardoza during your application process.
- Dr. Cardoza provides feedback and pointers to students during their proposal preparation.
- He can be contacted at email@example.com
Here are examples of previous research projects:
- “The Culture of Compliance in Italy and China: An exploratory Study into Several Factors Preventing Voluntary Compliance to Income Tax Law and Extrapolations of their Significance” (Christopher Benson, 2014)
- “Studying the Usage of Technology in the Classroom Across Cultures” (Jennifer Burghard, 2014)
- “Catholic Funeral Culture Examined in Rome and Beijing” (Zachary Davis, 2014)
- “Women and the Role of Sexism in Economic Representation: Italy and China” (Virginia Jreisat, 2014)
- “A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Italian and Chinese Home and Family Life” (Will Steffek, 2014)
- “In the Face of Adversity: A Comparative Look at Education-Labor Transitions in Rome & China” (Taha Zaffar, 2014)
- “Vegetarian and Vegan Food Choice Ideology: A Comparative Study of Italian and Chinese Society” (Corinne Whitaker, 2014)
- “Comparison of Italian and Chinese Oral Healthcare: Impacts on Oral Health” (Benjamin Palla, 2013)
- “Chinese Businesses in Italy, Italian Businesses in China, and Reflections on the Future of Sino-Western Economic Relations” (Katherine Geusz, 2013)
- “From Rome to Beijing: the Semiotics of Menswear” (Adilla Menayang, 2013)
- “Trust on the Table: Italy and China’s Appetizing and Diverse Response to Globalization” (Claire DeGrazia, 2013)