Summer Semester 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 Summer Term 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.



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 Laura Frizzell,, and Sadé Lindsay

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.



Household Economic Insecurity and Hardship
(email Chrisse Edmunds,

This quantitative project examines how families cope with the effects economic insecurity. Research assistance is needed in identifying variables from codebooks and organizing them in spreadsheets. Students will also gather relevant literature. Students interested in poverty, insecurity, hardship, and life course studies are encouraged to apply. Students who want training in Stata may be trained as part of the project and work on coding the data. This is a great opportunity for students seeking beginning-level experience with quantitative data.

Looking for 1-2 students. Completion of Research Methods and familiarity with Microsoft Excel is required. Students must be a junior or senior and have a cumulative or major GPA of at least 2.5. Non-majors are welcome to apply. Students may sign up for 1-3 hours as they choose.



Lingering Questions: Health in Ohio and the role of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
(email Christina Bijou and Coralia Balasca

This is a quantitative research project focusing on various health outcomes in Ohio. The goal of this project is to examine racial differences in self-reported health and delay in needed treatment among Ohio residents. Furthermore, we are interested in the role that Non-Governmental Organizations (i.e. non-profit organizations) may play in shaping health outcomes in Ohio. Research assistants will help identify and classify NGOs in Ohio and will gain experience working with quantitative data and learn basic statistical skills. Great opportunity for students interested in health, racial/ethnic inequality, and/or community organizations.

We are looking for multiple research assistants. Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word is required. Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5. Non-majors are welcome to apply.



Group Interaction Project/ Professor David Melamed
(email application and resume to

For this project, we are seeking students to act while in experimental sessions. In each session, you will interact with one “real” participant over Skype (to avoid visual cues), and will be required to be assertive or passive, depending on the phase of the session. To do so, you will be provided a script, but will likely need to ad lib as real participants may do or say as they like. 

Each session entails working with participants on a series of ambiguous tasks, and we are interested in how demeanor shapes social influence and perceptions of group members based on interaction patterns.  

This experiment will begin in the Autumn of 2019 and will run through the Spring semester. Students will gain an understanding of experimental design in the social sciences, gain experience with running experiments, and may be involved in the analysis as they see fit.   

Students must have a 3.5 GPA to be eligible for this project. If interested, please email your resume to Prof. Melamed.