Undergraduate Student Research
"The professors in the Political Science department encouraged me to follow my interests: Public Administration and Public Affairs. Through my independent study with Dr. Champney, I co-led an assessment of the Political Science department by administering a series of interviews and surveys to students and professors. This exercise was incredibly helpful in developing my critical thinking and deductive reasoning skills that have proven useful to my success in the workforce. These types of experiences were only available to me because of the caring faculty at the University of Scranton."
Don Castellucci III (Class of 2014)
Department of the Treasury
The Department of Political Science offers several opportunities for undergraduates to become involved in research -- whether through coursework, independent study, or the University’s Honors Program.
A small number of Political Science classes offer hands-on research training (Political Science Research and Comparative Civil Wars). Hone your skills developing surveys, collecting and analyzing data, or coding and conducting interviews under the guidance of one of our faculty members.
Apprentice with a faculty member in the Faculty Student Research Program (FSRP). The FSRP program provides opportunities for students to work with faculty on some cutting-edge research. Working closely with faculty, you can cultivate professional relationships, enhance your research skills, and deepen your knowledge and skills in areas of special interest. Students who complete the FSRP receive transcript recognition.
Independent studies provide students the opportunity to conduct independent research and receive course credit at the same time. In independent studies, students work under the guidance of a faculty member and conduct research into a subject of their interest. Assessments for the independent study often consist of a final paper presenting the findings of your research. Credit earned through independent study may be used to satisfy one elective requirement in the department if at least three credits are earned and a grade is given. No independent study course may be used to satisfy a required Political Science course.
The Honors Program offers the Political Science Department’s seniors an opportunity to complete a substantial work of original research. Eligible students will be invited to apply in the fall of their sophomore year.
The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) at The University of Scranton provides valuable assistance to undergraduate students who wish to engage in research. The ORSP oversees the Student Opportunities in Academic Research (SOAR) initiative. SOAR includes the following funding sources:
The Department’s Ignatian Global Citizenship Program (IGCP) also has limited funding available to support student research. Funding through IGCP is available once Student Travel Funding has been exhausted.
Sharing your research
- Celebration of Student Scholars (Spring event)
Off Campus Venues
- Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN)
- National Council on Undergraduate Research
- Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference
- The Walsh Exchange │ Undergraduate International Relations Research Conference
- Pennsylvania Political Science Association (April 12, 2019 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA)
- Undergraduate Research at the Capitol – Pennsylvania
- Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice
- The Latin American Social and Public Policy Conference