Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Resilient Communities: Strengthening Post-Disaster Recovery by Understanding Interdependent Social and Physical Networks"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2015 - DURI
Research area(s):
Political Science; Civil Engineering; Communications; Information Science
Project Description:
This project is examining the impact of social networks (friendship, kinship, and informal and formal ties) on recovery from natural disaster. The project that is currently underway is examining the experience of disaster responders to the March 2, 2012 severe storm outbreak across Southern Indiana and Kentucky. The first round of interviews, those with disaster responders in Indiana have been completed.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will be contributing to this project by assisting in the collection of additional interview data with first responders in Kentucky, quality checking transcripts that are created based upon the audio recordings of those interviews, and helping to code those interviews using the qualitative analysis software Nvivo.
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Desired Qualifications:
human subjects training needs to be completed prior to beginning this DURI experience; NVIVO experience preferred but not mandatory; sociology or other social sciences majors preferred.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Sapp Nelson, Megan
Purdue University Libraries

Student Supervisor

Megan Sapp Nelson
Associate Professor of Library Sciences

Cooperating Faculty

Rosalee Clawson
Political Science
Satish Ukkusuri
Civil Engineering