Social Research Training (SoRT) - Cultural, Health, and Environment Lab (CHELab)

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About this research opportunity

The CHEL has several ongoing projects each semester that combine methods and theory from anthropology, public/global health, and sustainability. Primarily, our work focuses on the Global Ethnohydrology Study (GES), a transdisciplinary, multi-year, multi-site research project that examines cross-cultural perceptions of water issues in the context of globalization, urbanization, and climate change. CHEL’s internship program operates each semester with select undergraduate interns who work collaboratively with each other and graduate students in data management, analysis, and research tool design. New students complete a one-semester intensive Social Research Training (SoRT) program that provides hands-on training in qualitative and cross-cultural data collection and analysis. SoRT students are required to meet weekly (via Zoom) at a set time (TBD based on group availability). Upon successful completion of the SoRT, students are encouraged to apply to return in subsequent semesters to develop more advanced research skills by working on different projects.

Participating ASU Online students will enroll in 3 credits of ASB 484 Internship


Open to ASU Online students enrolled in online degree programs offered through The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Alissa Ruth, Cindi SturtzSreetharan, Alexandra Brewis, Amber Wutich
Course credit?
How to apply

Students are encourage to apply through the School of Human Evolution and Social Change's Research Apprenticeship Program by clicking the "apply now" button on our webpage:

Contact information

Dr. Alissa Ruth (

Additional program details

Number of students being recruited
15 Weeks
Hours per week