The “student-selected” research project, in which the candidate defines her/his own article-length study, briefly describing for us the substantive problem of interest and the proposed method of analysis.  The student should have a home-institution faculty advisor to provide some local guidance, though this is not a strict requirement.  We will match the individual to a mentor among our political science faculty volunteers.

A total of five students will be selected from our pool of candidates.  We will support your research for one calendar year.  A few sample research questions could include:

  • Forecasting elections in U.S. or other nations.
  • Agent-based models of urban unrest, or of police-community interaction.
  • Geo-spatial patterns gender discrimination, and identifying some covariates.
  • Network analysis of the Arab Spring or other “emergent” social movements.
  • Game-theoretic mathematical models of strategic interstate rivalry, cooperation and conflict
  • Statistical or Formal Models of Supreme Court Judicial Behavior
  • Examining how the status of women in society might correlate with the overall welfare of a nation
  • Exposing election fraud (or its absence!) by statistical means
  • Classification methods for determining “Varieties of Capitalism” and how they connect to equality/inequality

Again, these topics above are offered only as illustrative examples.  We are more interested to hear the topic of your choice, not only those listed above.

Support: Each selected student will receive travel, lodging and registration at the Political Methodology conference in July, 2015 where their research will be presented.  They will also receive support for travel and lodging to their mentor’s university during their research year.   And up to $1,000.00 can be allocated to miscellaneous research expenses (software, supplies, etc).

Program Director, Advanced Empirical Research on Politics for Undergraduates Program
Associate Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University

Please consider helping us, and spread the word!  We need:

1) Undergraduate Candidates.  To fulfill the NSF grant mandate, the ideal candidates will be from fields beyond political science.  We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities and other under-represented groups.

2) Political Science Faculty conducting research which could make use of a talented undergraduate for a portion of the research which the student could present at the Political Methodology meetings in July, 2015.  (This is the “mentor-selected” track described briefly above.)

3) Political Science Faculty prepared to guide and advise a student conducting a research project primarily of their choosing.  You will be asked to mentor this student toward presentation of their work at the Political Methodology meetings in July, 2015.  (This is the “student-selected” track described briefly above.)