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Undergraduate Research Initiative

Purpose

The Political Science Department's new undergraduate research program is designed to help prepare our students for graduate programs in political science/international relations, law school, as well as jobs in relevant fields. The University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Political Science community offer multiple resources for undergraduate students to fun, present, and publish their research.On this page students will find a database of the multiple opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in research opportunities.

 

Funding

Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR)

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at the University of Nebraska at Omaha offers multiple opportunities. for funding support through identifying potential external funding opportunities. One way in which the SPR Office offers funding is through travel support. For more information on the opportunities. for funding please visit the SPR web site.

Undergraduate Committee on Research & Creative Activity (UCRCA)

The Undergraduate Committee on Research & Creativity at the University of Nebraska at Omaha offers funding for research and travel through grants and minigrants. For more information please visit the UCRCA web site.

Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences (FUSE)

The Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences grants support faculty-mentored undergraduate student research and creative activity. Grants of up to $2,500 per student are available to UNO undergraduates who will be enrolled through fall semester 2013. Fall applications are due October 15, 2013 and spring applications are due February 4, 2014. For more information about FUSE grants please visit the FUSE web site.

 

Presenting

Midwest Political Science Association Conference (MPSA)

In the spring of each year, the MPSA holds one of the largest political science conferences in the discipline. In 2013, more than 5,700 presenters from the United States and 55 countries throughout the world presented more than 4,700 papers. Conference presentations are organized by topic in more than 70 sections based on different subfields or areas of study. Many of these are interdisciplinary and draw scholars from different fields, providing a variety of perspectives. The 72nd Annual Conference will be held on April 3 - April 6, 2014. The application deadline is September 30, 2013. For more information click here.

The Midwest Political Science Undergraduate Research Conference

This Midwest Political Science Undergraduate Research Conference brings students together from midwestern colleges and universities to present and discuss their research in a professional environment. The conference applauds the research efforts of students and the commitment of faculty to broaden traditional classroom learning and illustrate how research enhances critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. The 23rd Annual Midwest Political Science Undergraduate Research Conference will be held at Park Univeristy in Parkville, MO on April 11-12, 2014. The deadline to submit paper is March 17, 2014.

Illinios State University Conference for Students of Political Science

All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submet papers to the 22nd Annual Conference for Students of Political Science sponsored by the Illinois State Department of Politics and Government on April 4, 2014. The Congerence accepts papers on any topic related to government and/or politics. The conference offers students the opportunity to present their research in panel sessions and to engage other sutdents in discussions on each other's work. If you are interested in participating in this exciting event, please complete the online proposal sumission form or submit a cover letter, containing your contact information (including email address), your school, and the name of the faculty member with whom you are working, and a draft copy of your paper (or the actual paper) by March 2, 2014.

Research & Creative Activity Fair

The 6th Annual Research & Creative Activity Fair will be held on March 7, 2014. The Fair provides a venue for undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students to present their research and creative activity as oral presentations, performances, exhibits, and posters. For more information about the fair or how to apply click here.

Jacklyn Miller (Right) won 3rd best paper at the21st Annual Midwest

Political Science Undergraduate Research Conference

Publishing

Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics

The Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics is the only nationally published journal for undergraduate research in political science. The journal is published twice a year: in the Fall and the Spring. Submissions deadlines are October 31 for the Fall issue and March 31 for the Spring issue. Manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis, so earlier submission is encouraged. For more information on the journal or submitting your work visit the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics web site.

International Social Science Review

The International Social Science Review is a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the International Honor Society in Social Sciences, Pi Gamma Mu. The journal is published in the Summer and the Winter and contains about four peer-reviewed articles and fifteen book reviews. For more information on the International Social Science Review please visit the official Pi Gamma Mu web site.

Journal of Political Science Research

The Journal of Political Science Research publishes high-quality papers reporting original research in political science.  Undergraduate and graduate students of any class or major are encouraged to submit research articles that contain original analysis. For information on how to submit work to the Journal of Political Science Research visit their website.