Undergraduate Research Fellowships
HANDS-ON RESEARCH EXPOSURE: Those six students selected will be assigned to work with faculty mentors pursuing original research projects. During the fall and spring semesters, the students should expect to devote eight to ten hours weekly to research tasks coordinated with their faculty mentors. A lighter load (averaging 3 to 5 hours) per week is expected during the Winter break between the fall and spring semesters and may be completed from elsewhere. An academic paper by the student is expected during the spring semester and students are strongly encouraged to present their research at OU Undergraduate Research Day or elsewhere.
Other key components of the program:
• The stipend (paid in 4 installments) is $1600.
• The number of fellows has been set at 6.
• In addition to engaging in original research with a mentor professor, fellows meet as a group twice monthly with Dr. Crespin and guest speakers to discuss different research traditions.
• Students may arrange with Dr. Crespin or their faculty mentor to take 3 hours of independent study or directed research.
In the past, projects have regularly led to co-authored papers for students with their mentor professors and, on occasion, to publications. Several of the Center's undergraduate research fellows have had the opportunity to present their research at political science conferences held in Washington, DC, San Antonio, Chicago, and Atlanta. Some travel funding is available for fellows to attend such conferences if co-authored work is to be presented there. Fellows have also won prizes for their work at OU Undergraduate Research Day.
Click here to submit an online application for the Undergraduate Research Fellowship.