The Political Science Department encourages undergraduates to explore the options for working with faculty on research projects. There are a number of opportunities to become involved in political science research outside participation in research seminars. Below we list a few of the more common programs through which undergraduate students have become involved in faculty research programs.
- Social Sciences students may participate in the Social Sciences Research Enterprise (SSURE).
- Incoming freshmen may participate in the Rice Century Scholars Program.
- Juniors and seniors may participate in the Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program.
- Students can arrange to take a directed readings course (POLI 305/306) or write an honors thesis (POLI 405/406). These course options require working independently with a faculty sponsor. Students who are interested in readings courses or writing an honors thesis should discuss this with Dr. Stoll, Director of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Stoll can be reached in person in 202 Baker Hall, by phone at ext. 3362, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Some faculty hire undergraduate students to serve as research assistants, either during the summer or part time during the academic year. These are paid positions. Many undergraduate research assistants use these posts to fulfill their work study obligations, but positions are often available for non-work study students also. The availability and nature of undergraduate research assistantships vary depending on levels of funding at a given time. For more information about undergraduate research assistantships in the department, please contact Dr. Stoll, Director of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Stoll can be reachedin person in 202 Baker Hall, by phone at ext. 3362, or by email at email@example.com.