Spring Semester 2020 Research Positions


Please complete a research application and choose one of the research positions listed below (research applications available on the Undergraduate Research link or in Townshend Hall 141).  Please return your completed applications to the contact person listed for the project via email.

Below are the research projects that are available for students to work on for SOCIOL 4998 credit Spring Semester 2019.  SOCIOL 4998 is one of the options that students can use to fulfill the major Experiential Learning Requirement - PLEASE NOTE, you may only count 3 hours total of internship or research credit towards the major.  Also, remember that research experience is especially important if you are planning on applying to graduate school!

Please read the requirements for each project carefully, as some require either specific coursework or specific GPA.

Amish Directory Data/ Dr. Elizabeth Cooksey
(email application to

The recent Amish Mennonite Directory data need to be entered into a spread sheet so that demographic fertility and marriage patterns can be compared with those of the Old Order Amish from whom they have split.  This project involves entering the Amish directory data into Stata/Excel.  One or multiple students may be hired.  A prior student ended up doing an honors thesis as a result of this experience.

No special classes or statistical skills required except that the research assistants must be able to pay close attention to details.  A good major or cumulative GPA is preferred.

Private Certificate Efforts: Contestation or Cooptation/ Dr. Andrew Martin
(email application to

Recently there has been a growing effort by activists to compel corporations to adopt socially responsibly policies (sustainability, use of non-sweated labor, cruelty free products).  This research project assess the effectiveness of such efforts.  Students will be expected to perform media searches on organizations that engage in private certification to understand these dynamics more fully.

Completion of research methods preferred but not required.

National Sport & Society Survey/ Dr. Christopher Knoester
(email application to

This is a national study focused on measuring sports participation, sports viewing, sport expenditures, and public opinions about sports-related issues.  This major data collection effort will allow scholars to improve our understanding of the connections between sports interactions and the overall functioning of society. Up to 5 students are needed to help prepare the data for analysis, begin various study analyses, and otherwise assist in the research process.

Up to 5 students needed. Research training is a plus. GPA should be above a 3.0.

Moral Panics, Race, and the Criminalization of Marijuana in the Early 20th Century
Email application to Professor Michael Vuolo vuolo.2@osu.edu

The goal of this research project is determine how marijuana was discussed in media over time in the early 20th century, as it moved from a legal substance to a criminalized substance. Research assistants for this project will conduct content analysis of newspaper articles that mention marijuana from about 1885 to 1940. We will read each article and code for topics such as the words used for marijuana, mentions of race and ethnicity, and the mood of the article. There is also an expectation that we will meet weekly or biweekly as a research group to discuss progress.

Research Methods and Drugs and Society are both preferred, but not absolutely necessary. GPA will also be considered as a qualification.

Understanding Dying from Multiple Vantage Points
Email application to Graduate Student Lauren Gebhardt-Kram

This qualitative project is about how dying is experienced in the hospice setting. Using interview data from dying persons, their family caregivers, and those working in the hospice field, this project aims to map the dying experience from multiple vantage points. Students interested in medicine, aging, and organizations are especially encouraged to apply. Research Assistants will be asked to help prepare audio data for analysis and assist with participant recruitment as needed. Looking for the help of 3-5 enthusiastic students.

GPA of 3.0 or higher. Completion of a research methods course is preferred, but not required. Non-majors are welcome and students can sign up for 1 to 3 credit hours as they choose. Faculty advisor: Corinne Reczek.

How Parents Respond to Children’s Gender and Sexual Nonconformity
Email application to Graduate Student Lawrence Stacey, stacey.37@buckeyemail.osu.edu

The goal of this project is to understand how biological parents and stepparents react to their children’s gender and sexual non-conformity, and what this might mean for the reproduction of gender and sexual norms. A research assistant will work with the project leader, Lawrence Stacey, to code open-ended narrative responses from this project, primarily using Excel. Any students who are interested in gender, sexuality, families, or mixed-methods research are encouraged to apply.

Requirements: There is no class/training requirement, although completion of research methods and familiarity with Excel is beneficial. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Non-majors are welcome to apply.

Intern Experiences and Pathways to Labor Market Entry
(email Corey Pech,

This is a qualitative project aimed at understanding the relationship between college major, internships, and labor market entry. Student research assistants will help write case summaries and organize/code data. Any students interested in work, labor markets, education, stratification, or learning practical qualitative research skills are encouraged to apply. 

There is no class/training requirement. Completion of research methods is a plus. Student must be a junior or senior and have a cumulative GPA over 2.5.

Police Violence: A Shift toward Impacts on Black Women
Email application to Graduate Students Laura Frizzell, frizzell.31@osu.edu, and Sadé Lindsay lindsay.131@osu.edu

The goal of this research project is to understand the impact of police violence on Black women. We are particularly interested in how the media saturation of images/videos portraying violence against Black bodies impacts Black women, as well as Black women’s direct and indirect experiences with police violence. The researchers will collect approximately 120 interviews of Black women, and we need undergraduate assistants to help with transcription and analysis of these interviews.

GPA of 3.0 or higher and completion of a research methods course are preferred, but we will consider all applications. We highly encourage those students to apply who are interested in race, gender, police violence, and/or qualitative methods. Non-majors are welcome, and students can sign up for 1 to 3 credit hours as they choose.