Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for fellowships in the Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation & Crime (C-BERC). The fellowships include a $500 annual stipend. All students interested in corporate crime, compliance, financial regulation, forensic accounting, business ethics are encouraged to learn more and to apply.
Applications are due by Dec. 15, 2017.
To apply, send the following materials to cberc [at] rhsmith [dot] umd [dot] edu:
- Resume with GPA
- Personal statement
Selections will be made by January 15, 2018.
Criteria for selection will include:
- Academic accomplishments
- Strong communication skills
- Demonstrated interest in Center goals and activities
About the Fellowship
Fellows will support the activities and operation of C-BERC in numerous respects. Tasks may include reviewing applications by potential visiting scholars, identifying guest speakers for C-BERC events, assisting C-BERC faculty with grant applications, attending guest lectures, providing logistical support for guest lectures and conferences, and assisting with research projects as needed (e.g., coding data, conducting literature reviews, etc.) Fellows must be available spring and fall semesters.
Some examples of specific research projects available to C-BERC Fellows:
Criminology: "Offending and Victimization in Corporate America: A blueprint for estimating the prevalence of known white-collar crime and cybercrime incidents in the U.S." Students will help to code open source data (newspapers) in which incidents of white-collar crime and cyber crime are described. Researchers can then link the incidents to company characteristics.
Business Law: “Defending Unclean Hands in Damages Actions: A California Case Study.” Students will help conduct historical research on the California court system as well as other aspects of California law, including the right to trial by jury and the theory of fraudulent conveyance.
CBERC is a unique interdisciplinary effort by the Robert H. Smith School of business and its College of Behavioral and Social Sciences to address the legal and ethical challenges of operating businesses in modern society. C-BERC strives to integrate and extend research in the fields of business ethics, regulation, and criminology.