Autumn Semester 2023 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 2023.  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 research credit towards the SOCIOL-BA and CRIMINO-BA majors and 6 hours total of research credit towards the SOCIOL-BS 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.

Healthcare Experiences and Trust Among Recently Pregnant Women
Email application to Evangeline Warren at

This project examines how recently pregnant women understand, experience, and view the medical system. In particular, we will focus on how different groups of women experience medical mistrust. This is a qualitative project and research assistant duties will include assisting with recruitment of participants, monitoring the study email inbox, cleaning interview transcriptions, and managing participant compensation. Students will be expected to complete ethics training and will be provided with some topical background reading during the onboarding process. This project is particularly well suited to students with an interest in Medical Sociology, Qualitative Research, Public Health, and/or Medicine.

Students should have a 3.0 GPA and a passing grade in the appropriate research methodology class for their discipline. Preference will be given to students with qualitative research experience and interest in health related fields. Non-majors are welcome to apply. Please email Eva Warren ( an up to date resume along with a brief statement addressing (1) why you are interested in this position, (2) how this experience compliments your academic or professional interests, and (3) your previous research experience. Interested students will be interviewed by a member of the research team to confirm fit. 2-3 students would be great.

Families We Lose Study
Email application to Dr. Rin Reczek at

The Families We Lose Study is an in-depth interview study that focuses on people who are estranged or “no contact” with a family member. We have been conducting interviews with people who have experienced estrangement; the Undergraduate RA would be helping with recruitment, transcription, data cleaning, and data analysis.

We would like you to have completed research methods; ideally, you have also had a qualitative methods course (but this is not required).  2-3 students needed.

The Role of Race and Ethnic Identity in the Process of Artistic Recognition
E-mail application to Victor Espinosa at

In the last two decades the mainstream art world has taken a growing interest in the art produced by a socially marginalized and self-taught producers called Outsider artists. There is also a recent growing recognition of Latinx and other minority artists in the United States. This project is following the artistic trajectory of the most recognized Outsider artists and some Latinx and immigrant artists to explore how gender, race, ethnicity, class, and social stigma affect the process of recognition in the contemporary art world. This study will contribute to our understanding of the struggles by members of racialized groups to construct an identity as artists and how ethnic identities add extra layers of complexity and conflict to the politics of artistic recognition. The research assistants will assist with literature search and collect qualitative data on the internet. Basic familiarity with Excel is required.

GPA of 3.0 or higher. Non-majors are welcome. Preference will be given to those students interested in art, Latinx culture, race, ethnicity, or immigration. Please email Victor Espinosa with your resume and a brief description of why you are interested in this project. Looking for two undergraduate research assistants for Autumn Semester 2023.