Summer Research and Funding Opportunity for Undergraduates

Here is a wonderful opportunity to do some faculty-monitored research this summer and get paid for it. Those of you who took my PLSC240 course may certainly be interested, but I would also encourage PLSC250 students to apply.

Here are the details:

16 January 2008

Dear Colleague,

I am writing to let you know of an opportunity for your students that I hope you will bring to their attention. Pending funding approval from the National Science Foundation, this summer (2008), the Department of Political Science at Oklahoma State University will host the fourth annual Democracy and World Politics Summer Research Program for undergraduates. This program presents a valuable opportunity for undergraduate students to conduct faculty -mentored research projects.

Supported by summer stipends, research funds, and travel funds, students will work in one of three issue areas:

  • Foreign Policy in a Democracy
  • Democratization and Democracy Promotion
  • Democracy and Conflict

The program is designed to provide undergraduate students with valuable educational experiences through its support of research participation. Oklahoma State University’s summer program has been supported by major funding from the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program, along with additional funding from the Department of Political Science and the College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University.

Successful applicants will spend about 9 weeks at Oklahoma State (June/July) during the summer of 2008, where they will work with a team of faculty members and visiting scholars to develop research questions and design and complete projects within the issue-areas just noted. Supporting activities will include research methods seminars, intensive project development workshops, guest presentations by visiting scholars, and community-forming events. Student participation will culminate in a presentation of papers at the National
Conference for Undergraduate Research (if accepted). Additionally, each year visiting scholars with substantive specialization in the programs issue areas will participate, lending their insights and expertise to the program and to student projects. . Last year, Dr. Paul Diehl (University of Illinois), Dr. Sara Mitchell (University of Iowa), Dr. Kelly Kadera (University of Iowa), Dr. Patrick James (University of Southern California), and Dr. Ralph Carter (Texas Christian University) participated. I hope to enlist these and possibly others this year.

The students who participate in the program receive the following support:

  • A stipend of $4,000.
  • Room and board at Oklahoma State University for the duration of the program.
  • Up to $500 in travel costs to and from Oklahoma StateUniversity for non-OSU students.
  • Up to $200 in research support funds (by application) for project support.
  • Funds for registration, travel, and lodging for participation in a conference in the subsequent spring (up to $900 per student).

I am writing to ask your help in recruiting good candidates for this program. Please share this information with students you believe would be good candidates for this valuable experience and encourage them to apply. All application material is located on the Oklahoma State University Department of Political Science website at The application deadline is March 15, 2008.

You or your students may contact me for additional information about the program for applications.

Thanks. I hope to see some applications from your students!


Dr. James M. Scott
Department of Political Science
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
Office: 405-744-5569
Fax: 405-744-6534

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