Research Opportunities

Distinguished Undergraduate Research Internship (DURIP)

We are now accepting applications for our department's Distinguished Undergraduate Research Internship Program (DURIP) for Fall 2017. Through this program, we seek to provide an opportunity for our majors to connect more closely with ongoing faculty research projects. The program is designed to expose selected students to the processes through which faculty conduct research, deepen the research, organizational, and communication skills that will be useful to students for further training in political science or for other careers, and facilitate a mentor-mentee relationship that will enhance students' undergraduate experience.

Students selected to be research interns will receive two course credits for a semester-long research internship by registering for POL 3070. In exchange for the course credits, students are expected to work approximately 60 hours over the semester (or about 4 hours a week for 15 weeks) with their faculty member on project-related tasks. Some of these tasks may include doing content analysis of newspapers or other texts, data entry, researching existing literature on a topic, preparation of visualizations such as maps or charts, or, depending on skills, statistical data analysis. At the end of the semester, research interns will produce some kind of product- e.g., a written report, a poster presentation, a website based on their research experience.

The number of research internships available in each semester will be limited and will vary from semester to semester depending on faculty research projects. To be considered eligible for a research internship in Fall 2017, students will need to submit an application in November 2017 consisting of a short statement of interest, a transcript, a list of courses taken in the major (a minimum of 2 courses at the 3xxx-level or higher is required) and the grades earned in these courses.

Due to the limited number of research internships, the selection process will be highly competitive. To be considered, applicants will need to have a high GPA in the major AND overall, normally 3.8 or higher. We hope you will consider applying for this special opportunity.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

We also encourage undergraduate students to apply for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). This program, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, supports research projects dedicated to fulfilling the U of M’s commitment to research and expanding the store of human knowledge and expression. Students who successfully apply will receive a $1,500 stipend to support their research and will also have an opportunity to present their research at various university symposia.  

Students who earn a UROP will be mentored by one of nearly 3000 diverse faculty members and will meet other students who share a passion for discovery about the human condition. The UROP will help you delve deeply into a personal topic of interest and importance under the direct supervision of a faculty member in the department. 

If you are interested in pursuing a program with UROP, please consult our undergraduate advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Office or visit the Office of Undergraduate Research for more information.