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 Family Ties Project/Dr. Rin Reczek
Email application to Dr. Reczek,, and graduate student Emma Bosley-Smith,

The Ohio Family Ties Study has gathered interviews of LGBTQ young adults in Ohio. These interviews are now being used to write several papers and working towards a book project. Undergraduate Research Assistants working on this project will help with literature reviews, searching and cataloging relevant citations, and otherwise assist in the research process.

One student is needed to work on this project. The student's GPA should be above 3.0 and the student should have taken Research Methods. We highly encourage those students to apply who are interested in sexuality, gender, and/or qualitative methods.

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.