First QS Masters Thesis: How Do the Meetup Groups Work and How Can QS Improve?

I’d like to present to everyone in the QS community the results from my research. I’ve spent almost a whole year now, conducting research for a masters degree in applied anthropology at San Jose State University. For the last six months or so, my research has focused on the QS meetup groups. In my MA program, we are encouraged to conduct a research project where we apply ethnographic methods to produce research that is useful in some way.

For my research, I teamed up with QS and designed a project with the help of Gary Wolf on the meetup groups. New groups are springing up all over the place, and Gary was interested in finding out more about what goes on in some of the groups, and some of the barriers and challenges for organizing. I conducted an ethnographic assessment to basically survey the “landscape” of the meetups. You can read more about it here in the report! (PDF)


Everyone in the QS community I connected with was so helpful and encouraging during the research process. I didn’t get a chance to put acknowledgements in the report, so I’d like to make a few right here.

First I’d like to thank Gary Wolf for coming up with the idea for a research project. I’d also like to thank everyone that I interviewed or talked to during the research process, especially John Amschler and Chloe Fan (for submitting to both rounds of interviews) and Scott Orn and Bo Adler (for being especially supportive). A very special thanks goes out to Alexandra Carmichael. Without her help and assistance with so many things, I don’t think this research would have been possible.

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6 Responses to First QS Masters Thesis: How Do the Meetup Groups Work and How Can QS Improve?

  1. Denis Harscoat says:

    Great community tool!!! Fantastic job :)

  2. Sacha Chua says:

    Toronto co-organizer here – thanks for the shout-out! =) We’re looking forward to experimenting with a quick QS 101 primer to help new members get into the swing of things, and we might link that up with the theme idea. Thanks for studying and sharing!

  3. Jon Cousins says:

    Great work Adam, really helpful to see this learning captured.

    On the subject of refreshments, the London group always moves on to the pub after the Meetup. Many of us reckon this part of the evening is a really important part of what we do. Loads of great conversations happen there. And there’s beer.

  4. Alexandra Carmichael says:

    Go Adam!! So proud of you, and what a helpful thing to share with the community. THANKS!! :)

  5. Chloe says:

    Yay! This is awesome :) Just to update, the Pittsburgh QS meetup has been going monthly, and now we have an average of 10-13 members per meetup!

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