For over eight years, an expanding group of sports-interested faculty and administrators across the University have met and coordinated activities in an effort to combine human and tangible resources toward a goal of creating a multi-disciplinary center for research, outreach and teaching that would critically study issues related to sports. The group’s mission has been to incubate and facilitate discussion between academics, industry executives, and policymakers about research, regulation, and reforms with regard to professional, intercollegiate, youth, and club-level amateur sports.
Center launches student competition, with top paper prize of $300
The Center for the Study of Sports in Society has launched a student paper competition for solutions to challenges facing women’s professional sports in the United States.
The call for entries offers a challenge to develop a long-range plan to increase the popularity of U.S. professional team sports.
Entry deadline for the contest is April 1, 2019. Details are below.
Male team sports dominate the professional sports landscape in the United States in terms of revenue and public attention measures, such as television ratings. Yet women’s leagues with elite athletes operate for basketball (WNBA), soccer (NWSL) and softball (NPFP). In this competition, undergraduates are challenged to develop a five- to 10-year plan to significantly increase the popularity of U.S. professional women’s team sports. First prize is a $300 gift certificate. The contest is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Sports in Society.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Center for the Study of Sports in Society is a cross-campus, multi-disciplinary Center designed to serve as the global resource for research, discussion, and solutions to sports issues that impact society. One of its missions is to harness students’ passion for sports to develop critical skills to prepare for professional success.
The Center is sponsoring a competition for undergraduate students to present a paper offering solutions to a specific problem facing sport in society. The winning paper will be published on the Center’s website, http://centerforsports.psu.edu, with commentary invited from faculty and outside industry officials. The winner will receive a $300 gift certificate for use at a local bookstore, with two honorable mentions each receiving $100 gift certificates. The paper should be no longer than 1,200 words, and should include:
- An executive summary not exceeding 300 words
- Reference to a minimum of five (5) reputable sources (you may use Wikipedia to find other sources, but not as a citation itself)
- An essay, including:
- A concise statement of the problem, based on your research
- A detailed explanation of your solution
- An explanation for why your solution would be beneficial, considering possible costs or other effects, and how you would measure the effectiveness of your plan
- A concise conclusion
If you feel you need guidance after you have a tentative idea, you should feel free to contact one of the Affiliated Faculty at the Center. See http://centerforsports.psu.edu/affiliated-members/
By email to firstname.lastname@example.org with CENTER COMPETITION in the subject line. Deadline for submission: April 1, 2019 Results will be made public on: April 22, 2019
Penn State Center for the Study of Sports in Society 2019 Undergraduate Research Exploration Grant
Description: This grant program, sponsored by the PSU Center for the Study of Sports in Society and the Penn State Bookstore, supports undergraduate student engagement in original research, scholarship, and creative work under the direct supervision of a Penn State faculty member. The program supports undergraduate student engagement in original research, scholarship, and creative work under the direct supervision of a Penn State faculty member. We anticipate offering one or two $2000 grants for the summer of 2019. Applications for the 2019 awards are due by April 10, 2019. Click here to apply.
Center for the Study of Sports in Society Exploration grants support student-initiated collaborations with faculty in any field that investigate the role of sport (broadly defined) in any aspect of human culture. These collaborations should include the basic components of scholarly research projects:
a) the conceptualization of a question, focus, or problem;
b) the writing of a formal proposal;
c) the identification and implementation of methods and the execution of the research design;
d) and the communication of results (through a written report or article, or an exhibition or performance, or some other appropriate mechanism for disseminating findings).
Projects should be primarily the student’s own work; although the project may be related to the supervising faculty member’s research or scholarly interests, it should not simply provide assistance to faculty work.
Grants may be used to cover living expenses and project costs (supplies, materials, books, specialized software, travel for the purpose of data collection, etc.). Note: Funds will be deposited to student accounts and therefore may have an impact on student aid or be applied to outstanding charges.
Eligibility: Undergraduate students from all Penn State campuses in any field of study may apply for this grant. Students are eligible for grants in the summer following their first year through the summer before the year in which they will graduate (limit of one grant per student). Recipients must be enrolled full-time at Penn State for at least one semester following their summer work. Students must have a Penn State faculty supervisor who is available during the summer to consult with the student and evaluate how the project is conducted. Eligible projects include laboratory and field research, scholarly inquiry, and creative work in music, art, theatre, and other fields. Study abroad, travel unrelated to research, and projects not grounded in an academic discipline are not eligible for the Study of Sports in Society Undergraduate Research Exploration Grants.
Grant Requirements: Any projects involving human participants, animal subjects, or biohazardous materials require review through the Office for Research Protections and must have the appropriate approval before grant funds are distributed. It is expected that required approvals will be secured by June 1, 2019.
Students whose projects involve international travel are subject to the University’s international travel policy for undergraduate students and are required to register with Penn State’s Travel Safety Network (https://tsn.psu.edu). This includes purchase of HTH-Geo Blue International Medical Insurance which is accessed through the Travel Safety Network.
International students must provide required IRS reporting information in order to receive grant funds. Information about this requirement is available from the Student Financial Services Office (http://www.sfs.psu.edu/tax.
Grant recipients are required to submit a one-page report on their projects and an image accompanied by a 1-2 sentence quotation about the project, by the end of August. Faculty supervisors must provide a one-page evaluation of the student’s work including how the grant funds were spent, how much time the student spent on the project and how the student engaged in the discovery process, and the nature of the faculty/student interaction.
Grant recipients are expected to present their work at a Penn State Center for the Study of Sports in Society forum and are encouraged to present their work at the annual Undergraduate Exhibition the following spring if they are enrolled at Penn State at that time.
Grant recipients may not concurrently hold another Penn State summer research opportunity grant during the same period in which they have a Center for the Study of Sports in Society undergraduate fellowship.
•Fill out the online information form.
•Upload two to four page project proposal (double-spaced, in a standard 12-point font, with standard one inch margins), written by the student, and including the following:
◦The question or goal to be addressed and its relevance to understanding of the role of sport in society.
◦The methods or processes that will be used to address the question or goal.
◦Why the project is of interest to the student and his or her preparation to complete it (courses, other experiences, etc.).
◦How the supervision by the faculty member will contribute to the project.
•In addition, a one-page recommendation must be submitted by the faculty supervisor. The recommendation should include:
◦name of the student
◦title of the project
◦an evaluation of the proposal and the student’s ability to complete the project
Application Review and Notification:
Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee from the Penn State Center for the Study of Sports in Society. Review criteria include:
•Scholarly nature – Does the project involve research, scholarship, or creative work? (Educational or personal enrichment activities – e.g. study abroad, travel unrelated to research, projects not grounded in an academic discipline, etc., do not apply.)
• Significance – Does the project address an important question or issue in the study of sport in society?
• Student engagement – Did the student help to frame the question or focus of the project and will the student activities involve the major steps in the research or creative process? (Projects should not merely provide assistance to the faculty supervisor’s work.)
•Faculty collaboration – Will the faculty supervisor provide a level of supervision that guides the student’s work and adds value to the project?
•Faculty recommendation – Does the faculty supervisor consider the project worthwhile academically and endorse the student’s ability to complete it?
For the 2019 awards, the review process will begin on April 12.
Sports Labor Conference
(Friday, Nov. 9)
Free, daylong event features: Donald Fehr, who has directed player unions in the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball for more than three decades; Richard Berthelsen, former general counsel of the NFL Players Association; Harold Henderson, former executive VP for labor relations for the NFL; and many more. Breakfast, lunch, three panels and a keynote by Fehr. All free. More information and RSVP info here!
John Urschel, a former Penn State football captain and NFL player who is now a doctoral candidate in applied mathematics at MIT, kicked off the 2018 Penn State Sports Analytics Conference with a keynote address April 12 at the State Theatre in downtown State College. Watch his presentation here!
Scott Radecic: “Future of Sports Stadiums”
(Nov. 17, 2017)
Watch full presentation, titled “The Future of Sports Stadiums,” by Penn State alumnus Scott Radecic, who directs the NFL market for Populus and servees a member of the company’s board of directors, here!