The Assembly Student Fellowship brings together a cohort of Harvard students from a range of disciplines and schools. Student Fellows regularly convene for problem-solving seminars and collaborate on student-led projects that tackle real-world disinformation problems. Students are supported by a community of Harvard faculty and staff.
ABOUT THE 2019-20 STUDENT FELLOWSHIP
The 2019-2020 Assembly Student Fellowship provides a space for Harvard undergraduate and graduate students interested in the challenges of disinformation to build community across disciplines, to engage with faculty working on the cutting edge of these issues, and to integrate skills and knowledge from different fields to tackle the complex problems of disinformation as part of a diverse team.
Last year’s students described the program as “one of the highlights of my year” and said it “completely shaped my Harvard experience”. The Fellowship helps students “find a community of like-minded individuals” and is a great complement to their existing coursework.
Launched in 2018 as the Techtopia program, the Student Fellowship is a multidisciplinary research and teaching initiative that brings together Harvard students and faculty around the biggest issues in tech today. The Student Fellowship is supported by a diverse group of Harvard faculty and staff from beyond the Berkman Klein Center, including from the HBS Digital Initiative, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy.
PROBLEM BASED LEARNING
The cornerstone of the Student Fellowship program are seminar series with faculty and staff affiliates, focused on real-world disinformation problems. Students approach the problem from multiple perspectives and practice integrating their expertise with that of others to generate more comprehensive solutions.
Student Fellows bridge pedagogy and practice through work on concrete group projects. Students develop project ideas that result in a meaningful output, allowing them to build their expertise, collaborate with each other, and practice project management skills. Assembly faculty and staff support and advise student project teams.
Student Fellows are connected to faculty and staff working on disinformation issues at the cutting edge of their respective fields. Not only do they meet faculty during sponsored events, they also receive faculty advising on group projects.
PROBLEM BASED LEARNING
The cornerstone of the Student Fellowship...
Student Fellows have the opportunity to put their learning into practice through work on concrete group projects. Students will develop project management skills while collaborating on meaningful projects supported by faculty in the Assembly community and a small research fund.
Student Fellows are connected to faculty working on these issues at the cutting edge of their respective fields. Not only do they meet faculty during sponsored events, but they can also receive faculty advising on group projects.
The Assembly Student Fellowship runs from the beginning of October 2019 through the duration of the academic year (excluding term breaks). Student Fellows are expected to attend a regular seminar series, participate in collaborative group projects, and join occasional events and special opportunities. We are looking for students who will be dedicated to fostering a robust community.
Student Fellows benefit from small, personal seminars with a range of faculty members, opportunities for mentorship, connections with industry, and a collaborative space where they can learn from one another. They receive a $1,000 yearly stipend. The program does not give course credit.
"One of the highlights of my year! [The program] completely shaped my Harvard experience.
"The [Assembly Student Fellowship] helps students find like-minded individuals
WHY BECOME A STUDENT FELLOW?
Emerging digital technologies and evolving social and political dynamics are changing the landscape into which Harvard students will graduate. The multifaceted challenges arising from these changes necessitate leaders who champion a more ethical and holistic problem-solving approach. The Assembly Student Fellowship is a space for Harvard undergraduate and graduate students interested in disinformation to build community across disciplines, to engage with faculty working on the cutting edge of related issues, and to integrate skills and knowledge from different fields to tackle complex problems as part of a diverse team.
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This year's cohort brings together 17 Harvard graduate and undergraduate students interested in collaboratively learning about disinformation from a cybersecurity perspective.
Our students are enthusiastic about transcending boundaries between disciplines to solve challenging problems related to disinformation.
Applications to join the program have closed; next year's applications will open in the late summer or early fall.