Political Science

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Doug Imig, Professor

Faculty Mentor's Department: Political Science

Phone/Email: 901.385.4243, dimig@memphis.edu

Project Description: Building and Sustaining a Culture of Voice for Children, a collaboration between the University of Memphis and the Urban Child Institute. This research is designed to produce reliable information on children's policy, identify best practices for advocacy and policy change, and share that research with groups interested in improving the condition of children in Memphis and the Mid-South. Our intention is to build and sustain a political culture that supports optimal childhood development, leading to school success, and improved adult outcomes.

Requirements for Student Applicants: Students should have an interest and - preferably - some background in academic research, a capacity to work independently, quantitative analysis skills, and extremely strong writing skills. For full consideration, please submit a resume/CV and a writing sample.

Method of Compensation: Stipend, or Academic Credit (Independent Study)

http://www.theurbanchildinstitute.org


 Faculty Mentor: Dr. Erik Groenendyk

Faculty Mentor's Department: Political Science

Email: grnedyk@memphis.edu

Project Description: My work investigates the psychological processes underlying political behavior. This particular study focuses on party identification and social interaction. Research shows that partisan bias can lead citizens to disregard valuable information in an effort to avoid disagreement with their party. However, relatively little is known about how these processes operate within a social setting. More specifically, I am interested in determining the conditions under which partisan biases are socially reinforced versus the conditions under which social interaction helps to mitigate these biases and even fosters deliberation. Given the interdisciplinary nature of my research, I would welcome involvement from students across the social sciences. Research assistants will primarily be involved in experimental data collection. This means working in the lab, helping to get the study setup, data management, and possibly coding data once the collection stage is complete.

Requirements for student applicants: Honor student or GPA above 3.5

Method of compensation: Academic credit or volunteer