CSED has allowed me to form a personal connection with professors, working with them as both colleagues and mentors. CSED participants produce quality research that is far above expectations of typical undergraduates.
The Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy (CSED) faculty operate a research lab to help a select group of the best students experience the research process. Undergraduate research fellows are chosen from among the best undergraduate students interested in campaigns, elections, public opinion, political behavior, and (more generally) representative democracy.
An integral aspect of the CSED research lab is regular lab meetings, promoting constant communication between students and faculty. Lab participants meet frequently (usually every two weeks) to monitor ongoing CSED research projects, plan future work, and discuss student research. Lab meetings also include presentations by students and faculty; these presentations range from initial research ideas to research design proposals to discussions of full paper drafts. Students are expected to participate as full and active interlocutors in seminar-type evaluation and discussion of the research projects on each meeting’s agenda.
The CSED Research Lab represents a unique opportunity for students to generate and implement their research ideas under the tutelage and close mentorship of not just one, but multiple faculty members who are united by a common set of research interests. This collective enterprise makes for a unique and extremely high-quality mentoring environment.
The CSED Research Lab provides a high quality research experience for participating students and is excellent preparation for graduate programs in political science, public policy or law. Student research fellows have incredible access to the participating faculty and work closely with them to produce high-quality research that culminates in national conference presentations and even publication. Students have successfully pursued graduate studies at top universities across the nation in part due to their participation with CSED. Read about the experiences of CSED alumni here.