What does the research committee entail?

Making the voice of the younger generations heard more clearly about social issues is important! That is why the Calicocat Research Institute creates the conditions for a group of driven students to make their voices heard in a professional way and on various social themes. The research committee consists of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 students (student-researchers) with an academic background. They conduct research on specific topics commissioned by Calicocat, or on the committee’s own initiative. The aim is to have paid research assignments (e.g. from a government institution or company) carried out by a group of students with a diverse academic background. Based on the size of an assignment, personal agendas and the work to be done, meetings (possibly digital) are convened. 

An example of a subject to be researched is the construction of the so-called ‘Lelylijn’(a to be constructed railway with the aim to establish a better connection between Groningen and the Randstad): it is important to improve the accessibility of Groningen, but are there better alternatives to the train? And what about the connection between Groningen and cities like Hamburg and Berlin?

Who can join the research committee?

Students from all academic backgrounds can participate in the research committee. Whether you are a chemistry or a law student, a Dutch or an international student: everyone is welcome. The strength of the committee lies in its diverse composition!

What do we ask?

We ask for flexibility, since the research committee works based on obtained assignments. The board of Calicocat provides the assignments, after which the research committee meets independently, conducts research and writes a report. In addition, we value the independence of the members of the committee. That is why we also would like the committee members themselves to suggest subjects and carry out research based on subjects that the committee itself considers relevant. We therefore ask for students who can work well in a team and who want to invest some of their time in a committee filled with enthusiastic students. The time expenditure is comparable to the time that should be put into a committee of a student or study association. One can assume 8-10 hours per week during an academic year.

What is in it for you?

As a member of the research committee, you gain experience in independently conducting research. When the board of Calicocat or the committee itself obtains a paid assignment, you as a student will receive a significant part of the proceeds! In addition, you make new business contacts and you are at the basis of a young organization. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to prove yourself and obtain further  paid assignments for Calicocat, next to the research committee. And last but not least, participation in the research commitee also looks good on your CV.

Why participate in the research committee?

Calicocat looks beyond the student world and/or large companies, which makes being involved in the activities of Calicocat gives the opportunity to build a sustainable and diverse network. We also find it important that you receive a fair reward for the work you do, as soon as you can receive funding from a paid assignment. Moreover, all activities you undertake as a member of the research committee take place in consultation with the board of Calicocat, which makes it easy to combine it with your study. For example, you are not tied to certain training days or moments of attendance in advance.

Calicocat stands for connecting public and private policy areas. We embrace diversity, look for coherence and discuss issues. We use the UN SDGs as a starting point. We facilitate debates, develop masterclasses and deliver publications. We work on issues such as economic development and inclusivity.

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