Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate students interested in conducting original research should consider the political science honors program. During their senior year students in the honors program write a thesis on a topic of their choosing while being supervised by a political science faculty member.

Thesis Award Winners

Collin Schumock, Best Thesis Award Winner
Collin Schumock, 2017 Best Thesis Award Winner


Amy Radlinski, Best Poster Award Winner
Amy Radlinski, 2017 Best Poster Award Winner

Each year faculty members review the completed theses and choose a best thesis award winner. For 2017, the best thesis awardee is Collin Schumock for his thesis "Intraparty Factions and the Interparty Polarization." Click here to read Collin's full thesis.



Honors students also create posters to present their research. A committee views and selects the best poster each year at the Political Science Honors and Awards Ceremony. The 2017 best poster award winner is Amy Radlinski for her thesis poster "Understanding the Brexit Referendum: Direct Democracy and International Regimes."



2016-2017 Thesis Projects

Thesis Title Author (Student) Faculty Advisor
Investigating the Impact of Congressional Inconsistency Ethan Amburgey Brian Gaines
Campaign Messaging Strategies on Twitter Amelia Berger Scott Althaus
Representation of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in State Judiciaries Nadia Gonzalez Alicia Uribe-McGuire
Authoritarian to Democratic Transitions: The Impact of Legacies Mandie Heitz Sarah Hummel
The Effect of Ideology on Protest Behavior in Latin American Countries James Holevas Damarys Canache
Approaches to Education Policy and Refugee Outcomes in European Union States Derek Hoot Stephen Chaudoin
The Impact of Judicial Vacancies on Decision Quality Peter Miles Alicia Uribe-McGuire
World Wars: Investigating the Nature of World Wars, Why They Occur, and Why They Do Not Moksha Muthukrishan John Vasquez
Understanding the Brexit Referendum: Direct Democracy and International Regimes Amy Radlinski Konstantinos Kourtikakis
An Investigation of Third Party Voting in U.S. Presidential Elections Aaron Reinsbach Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz
Intraparty Factions and Interparty Polarization Collin Schumock Gisela Sin
Transformative Networks: The Case of North Caucasian and Central Asian Jihadist Networks Caleb Weiss Carol Skalnik Leff


2015-2016 Thesis Projects

2014-2015 Thesis Projects