Research Opportunities for OSU Students


I regularly employ undergraduate students to work on various research projects. In particular, various jobs may be available relating to the Interest Groups Networks Project, including computer-intensive and technical efforts to code judicial databases and business directories. I may not be hiring at the moment for the particular project you find most interesting, but I may start a new one at any time. Various duties and projects will become available to diligent students.

If you are interested in working on one of my research projects, and you are a current OSU student, please use the form below to apply. If you qualify for work-study benefits, why work at the library shelving books or cleaning dishes at the dorm cafeteria? I could hire you to get involved in some research project that would be of greater academic benefit to you. Furthermore, these projects often have flexible working hours, allowing you to work on them whenever it best fits your schedule.

In addition, I often allow students to participate in my research projects for course credits. If you partake in the research for course credit, I generally expect a greater committment to work than standard volunteers. For example, if you were to partake in the experiment for 5 credit hours, I would expect you to work 10-15 hours per week on the project.


Students typically go through some training period, then work on their own and give regular reports on their progress. I usually hold bi-weekly meetings to discuss problems, track progress, and keep everyone involved. The work tends to be computer- and internet-based. I'm particularly interested in hiring students with an interest in continuing their studies in graduate school, who might want to do a thesis related to any of my research projects, who'd like to stay involved for a while, or those with some particular technical skills. No one has all these things simultaneously, so if you're not sure, please apply anyway, or contact me with questions.

I look forward to working with you! (Special thanks to Frank Baumgartner, whose structure and language have guided these research opportunities)



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