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.
The award “Distinction in Research and Creative Works” is a University award, granted at Commencement, and appearing on the transcript and diploma. To be considered for this award the student must have an overall GPA of 3.30 (note: this is a university requirement for the award).
Students may nominate themselves or they may be nominated by a full-time faculty member of the Department of Political Science.
Nominees must submit the following information by a department specified deadline:
1. An official transcript.
2. Two original research papers. An original research paper involves the creation of new knowledge about political science. For example, the submission cannot simply be a literature review or a narrative (note: below “paper” will be used as a synonym for research paper).
Examples of papers that can be submitted (as long as they involve original research) include:
The following cannot be submitted for this award:
3. A letter of endorsement by a full-time faculty member of the political science department.
The application and any questions about this award should be directed to Dr. Schwindt-Bayer, Director of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Schwindt-Bayer can be reached in person in 107 Herzstein Hall, by phone at ext. 2699, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.