Autumn 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 Autumn Semester 2020.  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.

Group Interaction Project/ Dr. David Melamed
Email application 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.

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.

The Principal Investigator for this project is Prof. David Melamed. Questions about the research may be directed to him at Students must have a 3.4 GPA to be eligible for this project. If interested, please email your resume to Prof. Melamed.

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.

Lingering Questions: Health in Ohio and the role of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
(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 throughout Ohio. Research assistants will help identify and classify NGOs in Ohio and will gain experience working with quantitative data, as well as conducting online research, and information seeking phone calls during their time on the project. This is a 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. Research assistants must be comfortable with online research and making phone calls when necessary.

LGBTQ Finances Study
Email application to Emma Bosley-Smith at

The LGBTQ Finances Study is in the process of gathering interviews on LGBTQ young adults and their finances. These interviews will need to be organized, stored, and prepared for transcription. Undergraduate Research Assistants working on this project will help with recruitment of research participants (flyers, a table at PRIDE, etc.), will help summarize interviews after each are completed, and will otherwise assist in the research process.

1-3 students will be needed to work on this project. The student's GPA should be above 3.0 and the student should have taken research methods. We encourage students interested in class, sexuality, gender, and/or qualitative methods to apply.

SMALL Talk research project
Email Amanda Harvey (project coordinator),, and Dr. Kammi Schmeer (faculty advisor),

SMALL Talk research project is a longitudinal study that will work with 320 low-income mothers and their 6- to 11-month-old children. We will be recruiting in local facilities/clinics that serve low-income mothers and families. Measurements will be collected twice a year to comprehensively map family processes and experiences, caregiver-child interaction quality, caregiver stress and stress physiology, child stress physiology, and children’s linguistic trajectories until 54 months.

The goal of the study is to identify early risk for developmental language disorder (DLD) among young, low-income children, and to determine how caregiver and child chronic stress and interaction quality interact to disrupt language growth among these vulnerable children. The long-term objective is to identify pathways through which early family contexts and the conditions of poverty disrupt early language trajectories among low-income children and contribute to heightened rates of DLD.

Application Instructions: Submit a cover letter, CV/resume, and names/contact information of at least two professional references. The cover letter should describe (a) why the student is interested in the position, (b) previous experience indicating professionalism and reliability, as well as any other relevant skills, (c) previous experience volunteering with low income populations and/or young children, (d) daily availability during the semester, and (e) access to transportation to the Schoenbaum Family Center/ Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy. We are looking to have 2-3 students participate, depending on quality of applications.

All the Terrorism Fit to Print/ Dr. Eric Schoon
Email application to

This research examines why certain political groups and organizations are labeled as “terrorist” in media coverage while others are not, and explores why some groups receive more media attention than others. Students will be assisting in data collection, compiling information on organizations active between 2013 and 2020, and will be trained to systematically collect news media data using online resources.

2-5 students are required. Research methods training is a plus. Students can enroll in 2 to 3 credit hours. Non-majors are welcome to apply.