Department of Political Science 
Undergraduate Research Grant 2016-2017
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The Department of Political Science has available undergraduate research grants for juniors and seniors majoring in political science. The purpose of this award is to encourage qualified students who are potentially interested in graduate work in political science to undertake a research project under the direction of a faculty member.

The Department of Political Science invites applications for the 2016-17 Undergraduate research grant for students majoring in political science.

Purpose: To encourage qualified students potentially interested in graduate work in political science to undertake a research project under the direction of a faculty member.

Eligibility:  Applicants must be Political Science majors, with a 3.0 minimum grade point average. 

Amount: Up to $500 to facilitate completion of the project and can be used for any project-related expenses, including travel to present project results at a professional meeting, required software, or other expenses.

The student will work under the direction of a political science faculty member on a research project defined by the student.

Course credit through POL 495 will be available during the 2016-2017 school year.

Applicants should submit the following:

  • A cover sheet including student contact information, including email and mailing address, and faculty member supervising the project, including name and signature.

  • A research proposal outlining the project, goals, research design, and importance, approximately 3-5 pages.

  • A statement of applicant's career objectives, approximately 2-3 paragraphs.

  • Transcript of grades.

  • A brief budget of expected research expenses to be covered by the award.

  • The winner will provide an electronic copy of the final paper to the supervising professor at the end of the semester of your supervised

Applications should be submitted no later than Friday, April 15, 2016 to:

Undergraduate Research Grant
Department of Political Science
Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education
100 North University Street
West Lafayette, IN  47907-2098


For assistance in finding an appropriate faculty member with whom to work, contact one of our Political Science Advisors, Coleen Willams or Carol Randel in the Liberal Arts Advising Office, or visit the website for any Political Science professor at

Please contact Professor Pat Boling (; 765-494-3711) for further information on the Undergraduate Research Grant.                                                                                                                        EA/EOU


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