Spring 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 Spring 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: 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. It is a qualitative study in which we will be interviewing around 40 individuals from diverse backgrounds about their views on these types of -isms. The team is seeking two undergraduate students to help in recruiting, scheduling, and compensating interviewees, as well as reviewing the interview transcripts for data quality. Students will receive training and guidance on these tasks from project PI Valentino as well as a graduate student researcher. 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: Who Cares: State Care Appropriations Variation in the United States
Email application to Tori Coan at coan.17@osu.edu

This is a quantitative research project seeking to explore why some US states allocate more money in their state budgets for care goods/services. Care goods and services include any money appropriated to primary and secondary education, care of children, chronically ill/disabled adults, and the elderly. Because of the variation in state budget layouts and processes – this project will collect state budget data to compile into a central dataset. Research Assistants will read state budget documents and collect relevant department/agency level data that will be used to conduct analysis at a later time. This is a great opportunity for students interested in sociology, public policy, political sociology, and/or care work.

Requirements:
This project needs multiple research assistants. There are no major restrictions for this project though we especially encourage students in public affairs, economics, political science, or a related field to apply. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and OneDrive required. Meticulous attention to detail and willingness to check and double check data collected will be critical for the success of this project. Students who assist in data collection may also be eligible for future research opportunities on this project once data collection is complete.  To apply, please email Tori Coan at coan.17@osu.edu with your name, year, major, time commitment availability per week, and a short paragraph describing an instance when you showed exceptional attention to detail.


ALL POSITIONS FILLED: Expanding Immigrant Health Study
Email application to Coralia Balasca at Balasca.1@osu.edu

When immigrants move to America, they must build new relationships with neighbors, co-workers, and friends in the US while often maintaining connections to their family and friends back home. The Expanding Immigrant Health Study aims to understand how these connections impact the health of immigrants in the U.S. It is a mixed methods study in which we will be setting up the research, running a survey, and conducting interviews with immigrants in different settings to get a better understanding of the immigrant experience with social ties. Undergraduate Research Assistants working on this project will help where needed, depending on the stage of the project, getting experience with general research, survey and interview development and analysis. This is a great opportunity for students interested in health, racial/ethnic inequality, or who are immigrants themselves or passionate about immigration or health disparities research!

Requirements:
Applicants are encouraged to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and to have taken research methods (or have equivalent research experience). Previous experience with literature searches are preferred, but not required and non-majors are welcome. 5-10 students will be needed to work on this project.


NO CURRENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Life Plan Study Project
Email application to Dr. Sarah Hayford at hayford.10@osu.edu

The Life Plan Study project is interviewing young adults about their plans for the future, including plans for their families and having children (or not), and how they think about being a parent. We are seeking an undergraduate research assistant to help with editing interview transcriptions and initial coding and analysis of interviews. Research assistants will be supported in carrying out their own analyses of the data if interested.

Requirements:
Looking for 1 research assistant. Students of any major are encouraged to apply. The research assistant must be detail-oriented and comfortable with Microsoft Word and OneDrive. To apply, please email Sarah Hayford at hayford.10@osu.edu. Please include a resume, your time commitment availability per week, a few sentences about why you are interested in the project, and a short description of a time when you showed exceptional attention to detail.


ALL POSITIONS FILLED: Arab American Siblings in the Transition to Adulthood
Email applications to Huda Jabbar at jabbar.9@osu.edu

This is a qualitative project seeking to explore the role siblings play within Arab American families during the transition to emerging adulthood.  I am seeking 1-2 undergraduate research assistants interested in family, immigration, and the life course. The research assistants will primarily be tasked with transcribing and assisting in coding of interview data. Students will receive training and guidance in completing these tasks throughout the semester. This is a great opportunity for students hoping to gain experience with qualitative data and learning more about the research project. 

Requirements:
A completion of a research methods course is preferred but not required. Non-majors are welcome to apply but preference will be given to students interested in family and immigration. Students can sign up for 1-3 credit hours as they choose. To apply, email Huda Jabbar at jabbar.9@osu.edu with your name, major, time commitment per week, and a few sentences about why you think you would be a great fit!


ALL POSITIONS FILLED: Economic Consequences of Medical Problems
Email applications to Elizabeth Martin at martin.3247@osu.edu

I am seeking one or two undergraduate research assistants interested in the financial consequences of health problems. Research assistants will conduct interviews via phone or Zoom, transcribe interviews, and engage in weekly meetings with other members of the team to discuss emerging themes and troubleshoot any issues. Students will receive training and guidance throughout the semester. This is a great fit for students hoping to gain experience in conducting interviews and learn more about the research process.

Requirements:
Students must be comfortable conducting interviews. Any major welcome, though this will likely be most of interest to sociology, public health, and public policy students. To apply, please email Elizabeth 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: Political Representation in State Legislatures
Email application to Dr. Adam Nicholson at nichlolson.365@osu.edu

The aim of this project is to add valuable knowledge to our understanding of state-level politics by examining the role of descriptive representation in state legislatures. The data collected will be used in numerous projects, including those that examine the effects of gender and racial/ethnic composition of the state legislature on poverty outcomes. I am seeking undergraduate students to help in collecting, coding, and compiling data, as well as providing descriptive statistics summarizing the composition of state legislatures over time. Training and guidance on these tasks will be provided by Dr. Nicholson. Students will gain valuable experience conducting research with important implications for understanding the political causes of inequality in the United States. Additionally, opportunities for co-authorship or use of the data for independent research will be available.

Requirements:
GPA of 3.0 or higher. Non-majors are welcome. Please email Dr. Nicholson 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.


Making It in the Midwest: Second Generation Incorporation & Mobility in an Emerging Destination
Email application to Courtney DeRoche at
deroche.12@osu.edu

This research project explores how the children of Mexican and Central American immigrants navigate segregated school and neighborhood contexts in Columbus. It is a mixed methods project in which we will be analyzing nearly thirty years of administrative data and completing interviews with 50 children of immigrants who attend(ed) Columbus-area high schools. Spring 2022 Research Assistants will compile enrollment and other administrative data from state and federal sources into a central dataset. In future semesters, research assistants will help in the recruiting and scheduling interviews, and reviewing interview transcripts for data quality. Training and guidance will be provided throughout the semester by Courtney. You should apply for this opportunity if you are interested in sociological perspectives on immigration, racial/ethnic inequality, school and neighborhood segregation, and education!

Requirements:
GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students from any major are welcome to apply. All applicants must be detail-oriented and comfortable using Microsoft Excel and OneDrive. To apply, please email Courtney DeRoche at deroche.12@osu.edu with your name, estimated graduation date, academic major(s) and minor(s), how many hours you are available to work each week, and a short paragraph describing why you are interested in the study and why you think you’d be a good fit for the position.


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; however, in the beginning stages I am looking for research assistants to help with gathering literature on African immigrants and information on African immigrants/refugees in Columbus.

Requirements:
Applicants are encouraged to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and to have taken research methods (or have equivalent research experience). Previous experience with literature searches is preferred, but not required, and non-majors are welcome. 2 students will be needed for this project.


Local Variation in the US Jail Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Email application to Anneliese Ward at ward.1602@osu.edu

This is a mixed-methods research project examining the jail system response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This project uses daily, facility-level jail population counts for the year 2020, along with online news reports of jail releases, to examine local variation in decarceration trajectory. I am seeking two to three research assistants for this project. Research assistants' responsibilities will include performing both a qualitative and quantitative content analysis of the online news articles. Information collected during this analysis will include the criteria used to determine eligibility for release (e.g., being over age 65), broader considerations when determining eligibility (e.g., public safety, justice for victims), and other descriptive information (e.g., date of article publication).  This is a great opportunity for students interested in criminology, social movements, and/or criminal justice reform.

Requirements:
Research assistants must have a 2.5 GPA or higher and familiarity with Excel. Please email Anneliese Ward at ward.1602@osu.edu with your name, resume, year, major, and 1-2 paragraphs detailing your interest in the project.


ALL POSITIONS FILLED: LIVES OF THE FORMERLY INCARCERATED
Paul Bellair and Steve Lopez

The formerly incarcerated are our neighbors, co-workers, and fellow citizens. Few people understand their lives and struggles. This project creates a safe forum for formerly incarcerated citizens to tell the stories of their lives. Between 2003-2005, Paul Bellair and his staff interviewed 250 individuals incarcerated in Ohio prisons. Now, Paul Bellair and Steve Lopez are following up with these individuals to conduct new interviews, documenting the course of their lives.

We never reveal the identities of those who contribute to our project. All participants are provided with a $50 Kroger gift card to compensate them for their time. By participating, restored citizens gain the opportunity to give back and have their voices heard while remaining anonymous. Their stories help us educate others about the realities of returning citizens’ lives and the importance of opportunities and second chances. Our research also gives voice to returning citizens by sharing summaries of findings with policy makers.  Through this project, we seek to produce knowledge that can help restore returning citizens to happy and meaningful lives.

The project has been approved by Ohio State’s Institutional Review Board.

For more information, please contact Dr. Paul Bellair at bellair.1@osu.edu, or Dr. Steve Lopez at lopez.137@osu.edu.