Autumn Semester 2022 Research Positions

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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 2022.  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.


ALL POSITIONS FILLED: Assessing Religion as a Source of Support for Black LGB Individuals
E-mail application to Luther Young at young.2734@osu.edu

Religious participation has been identified as a source of social support that is associated with better physical and mental health. A majority of black people in the United States attend religious services regularly; however, the black churches are largely unaccepting of sexual minorities, and homophobia is associated with poor social and health outcomes for sexual minorities. Black lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB+) individuals nevertheless remain largely connected to the Black Church, but few studies have examined why these individuals stay in homophobic religious institutions, and fewer have evaluated the social and health implications of their continued affiliation. Research is needed to understand whether religious participation is a viable source of social support or a source of violence that yields poor social and health outcomes for black LGB+ individuals. Using in-depth interviews, ethnography, content analysis, and survey data, this project seeks to understand why black LGB+ individuals remain connected to or leave homophobic religious communities. Furthermore, this study will evaluate the extent to which religious participation serves as a protective source of social support or a source of harm for black LGB+ persons. Research assistants will assist with scheduling interviews, transcribing qualitative data, and cleaning survey data, all while gaining experience working with a comprehensive mixed-methods study.

Requirements:
A 2.5 GPA or higher is required. It is recommended that students have taken a research methods course or have previous research experience, although this is not required. Please contact Luther Young at young.2734@osu.edu with your resume and a brief paragraph explaining why you are interested in working with this project.


Wealth, Health, and Sexuality
E-mail application to Lawrence Stacey at stacey.37@buckeyemail.osu.edu

Wealth is the ultimate safety net, which provides short- and long-term financial security, infuses actors with power, and begets more wealth. While we know a great deal about wealth inequality, we know less about how sexuality and gender (beyond the man/woman binary) influence the accumulation of wealth. This is a mixed-methods project examining how wealth levels and intergenerational mobility varies by sexuality and across the gender spectrum. In turn, it also explores how wealth matters in shaping health and well-being. I am interested in looking for one or two research assistants to help with literature searching, transcribing interviews, and ensuring accuracy of interview transcripts. Students will receive training and guidance in completing these tasks throughout the semester.

Requirements:
I will be recruiting one or two research assistants to help me on this project. Applicants are encouraged to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and to have taken research methods or have equivalent research experience (but are not required). Non-majors are welcome and encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to those students interested in economic inequality, sexuality, gender, and/or health. The research assistant(s) must be detail-oriented and be comfortable with Microsoft Word and OneDrive. To apply, please email Lawrence with a resume and a brief description of why you are interested in the position, as well as how many research hours you are looking to sign up for.


ALL POSITIONS FILLED: Understanding Equity Diversity and Inclusion in a National LGBTQAI+ Faith Organization
E-mail application to Luther Young at young.2734@osu.edu

This project uses a national Christian LGBTQAI+ organization as a case study for examining organizational equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives. The study analyzes an internal Organizational Assessment and Diagnostic as well as proposed change interventions. Additionally, the study includes a review of organizational documents, policies, and practices to measure organizational alignment with EDI-oriented elements of its missional goals. Research assistants will assist with reviewing interview data, cleaning, and coding qualitative data, and will gain experience in document review while gaining experience working with a change-management-driven study.

Requirements:
A 2.5 GPA or higher is required. It is recommended that students have taken a research methods course or have previous research experience, although this is not required. Students who are interested in EDI, social sciences, and/or management will be a good fit for this project. Please contact Luther Young at young.2734@osu.edu with your resume and a brief paragraph explaining why you are interested in working with this project.


ALL POSITIONS FILLED: Perceptions of Discrimination

Email application to Dr. Lauren Valentino at valentino.60@osu.edu

This research project aims to understand how different people understand racism, classism, and sexism. We are entering the second phase of this multi-year project, which builds on a Phase 1 interview study. In the current phase of the project, we are collecting survey-experiment (vignette) data in which participants are asked to respond to various scenarios as to whether they believe those events constitute discrimination. The team is seeking several undergraduate students to help with basic data cleaning and analysis tasks. Students will receive training and guidance on these tasks from project PI Valentino as well as a graduate student researcher. Basic familiarity with Excel is ideal, and experience with simple statistical tests is a plus but is not necessary. Undergraduate students will gain valuable experience working on a team and contributing to a research project with important implications for understanding diversity and inequality in the United States.

Requirements:
GPA of 3.0 or higher. Non-majors are welcome. Please email Dr. Valentino with your resume as well as a brief description of why you’re interested in the study and why you think you’d be a good fit for the project.


ALL POSITIONS FILLED: African Immigrant Identity and Perception of Black- and Immigrant-Justice Movements
Email application to Ashley Ostroot at ostroot.3@osu.edu

This research project will examine the ways in which young adult African immigrants relate to racial- and immigrant-centered social movements in Columbus, OH and how, if at all, this is nuanced by racial identity, social class, religious identity, and nationality/country of origin. This is a qualitative research project and I am looking for research assistants to help with transcription of interviews and preliminary coding of transcripts--depending on the preference of the student. Students will also complete a certification for working with human subjects before accessing the interview data.

Requirements:
Applicants are encouraged to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and to have taken research methods (or have equivalent research experience). Non-majors are welcome. 4-5 students will be needed for this project.


ALL POSITIONS FILLED: Well-being Across the Life Course
Email application to Nico Pinchak, Ph.D. Candidate, at pinchak.5@osu.edu

Are you interested in how experiences in adolescence relate to well-being in adulthood? The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (“Add Health”) is a longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of over 20,000 adolescents who were in grades 7-12 during the 1994-95 school year, and have been followed for five waves to date, most recently in 2016-18. As a research assistant on this project, you will be tasked with translating my SAS-based code for Add Health variables into STATA or R code. We will then use your code to produce a coauthored research paper (first-authored by you) with the goal of submitting to conferences and peer-reviewed journals. My mentees have successfully accomplished these goals in the past (e.g., https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11113-021-09690-3). 

Requirements:
Students seeking 3 or more credit hours for SOCIOL 4998 are welcome to apply. Applicants should be self-motivated, independent learners, adept at using Google to find answers to questions, and have completed SOCIOL 3549 (or comparable statistics course using STATA, SAS, SPSS, or R) with a grade of B- or higher. Please feel free to contact me with questions.


Demand for Modern Contraception in sub-Saharan Africa: New Methods, New Evidence
Email application to Dr. John Casterline at casterline.10@osu.edu and Mobolaji Ibitoye at Ibitoye.2@osu.edu

This project involves qualitative in-depth interviews conducted with 167 men and women from six states across Nigeria. The goal of this qualitative research is to gain a better understanding of how men and women weigh the costs and benefits of having [more] children to derive their specific fertility desires, and how they translate their fertility desires into fertility outcomes, via contraception or other means, with important implications for family planning programming. The team is seeking two undergraduate students to help with analysis of the interview transcripts. The students may also help with literature searches as needed. Students will receive training and guidance in completing these tasks throughout the semester. This is a great opportunity for students to gain valuable experience working with qualitative data and contributing to a research project.

Requirements: Interested students should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to students who have taken research methods or have equivalent research experience. Previous experience with literature searches is preferred, but not required. Non-majors are welcome. Please email your resume with your time commitment availability per week, as well as a brief description of why you’re interested in the study and why you think you’d be a good fit for the project to Dr. John Casterline at casterline.10@osu.edu and cc Dr. Mobolaji Ibitoye at Ibitoye.2@osu.edu


Building Abolition Democracy
Email application to William Goldsby at rec2ffl@aol.com

Are you interested in exploring justice themes? Interested in the nonprofit world? Would you like to contribute to a community organization that collaborates with returning citizens (i.e., former felons) and their family members? If so, this research opportunity is for you! A returning citizen-founded and led organization, that is guided by a curriculum is refining that curriculum. They are revising their forms of community outreach and engagement, enriching their organizational domains, and strengthening their mission. You and your collaborators, would contribute to each of these initiatives. If you appreciate the research of Bruce Western, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Patricia Hill-Collins, and your sociological imagination is curious about how their work comes together to explore these issues of the carceral state, this undergraduate research assistant opportunity is for you.

Requirements:
Interested students should have interests in: 1. building abolition democracy in collaboration with a returned citizen founded organization; 2. participating in the further development of a transformative curriculum; 3. practicing and furthering our use of consensus building; and, 4. exploring strength through vulnerability amid the "transforming silence into language and action" challenges of community organizing. All are welcome in Sociology and other disciplines as well. Please email your resume with your time commitment availability per week, a brief description of why you’re interested in the project, and an example of resilience you have exhibited, and/or contributed to (100 words or less). Share these with Mr. William Goldsby at rec2ffl@aol.com. We look forward to hearing from you.