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Undergraduate Student Research

Political Science Opportunities

Undergraduate Political Science students have many opportunities to get research experience with faculty who are widely recognized for their research in a number of areas, including U.S. politics as well as current events happening around the world, including Africa and the Middle East.

Faculty research areas include:

  • American Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory
  • Law and Politics

Students who are interested in undergraduate research should consult the list of Faculty Research Areas [hyperlink to this page] and reach out to faculty with whom they might want to work.

Undergraduate research can be conducted along with a thesis for students pursuing Departmental Honors. See When and How to Begin, with tips about working with a thesis adviser and choosing a thesis topic.

Student Research and Conference Presentations


  • Kristen Riley '15 co-authored a paper with Dr. Sarah Poggione [link to her bio page] on "Federalism, Legal Professionalism, and Innovation: Reforming Standards of Admissibility of Expert Testimony in the 50 States," which they presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Chicago in April 2015. The paper explores the effects of state judicial professionalism on legal standards for the admissibility for expert testimony in the 50 states.
  • Andrea Nelson '15 participated the 66th annual Student Conference on United States Affairs (SCUSA) at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. This conference, which brings undergraduate students interested in foreign affairs and policy from around the world together with West Point Cadets to discuss policy issues, is the oldest and largest of its kind.
  • Isaac Smith '14 spoke at a student panel in July 2014 hosted by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) in Washington, D.C. Smith's participation stemmed from his involvement with FIRE's Stand Up for Free Speech program, which has received national attention.

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