C-BERC Fellows Program

Are you interested in corporate crime? Compliance? Financial regulation? Forensic accounting? Business ethics? If so, you should apply for the new C-BERC fellows program.

The Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation & Crime (C-BERC) is a unique interdisciplinary effort by the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business and its College of Behavioral and Social Sciences to address the legal and ethical challenges of operating businesses in modern society. C-BERC strives to integrate and extend research in the fields of business ethics, regulation, and criminology.

Application Materials

  1. Resume with GPA
  2. Personal statement

Criteria for Selection

  • Academic accomplishments
  • Strong communication skills
  • Demonstrated interest in center goals and activities

Send application materials to cberc@umd.edu.

Fellows will support the activities and operation of C-BERC in numerous respects. Tasks may include reviewing applications by potential visiting scholars, identifying guest speakers for C-BERC events, assisting C-BERC faculty with grant applications, attending guest lectures, providing logistical support for guest lectures and conferences, and assisting with research projects as needed (e.g., coding data, conducting literature reviews, etc.) Fellows must be available the full calendar year spring and fall semesters.

Some examples of specific research projects available to C-BERC Fellows:

  • Criminology: "Offending and Victimization in Corporate America: A blueprint for estimating the prevalence of known white-collar crime and cybercrime incidents in the U.S." Students will help to code open-source data (newspapers) in which incidents of white-collar crime and cybercrime are described. Researchers can then link the incidents to company characteristics.
  • Business Law: “Defending Unclean Hands in Damages Actions: A California Case Study.” Students will help conduct historical research on the California court system as well as other aspects of California law, including the right to trial by jury and the theory of fraudulent conveyance.
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