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Current Projects

Who Will Ascribe or Deny Humanity to Others? Personality Dimensions that Predict the (De)humanization of Outgroups (Psychology)

Passionate or Calculating? Analyzing economic voting in new democracies- the case of Indonesia (Economics)

Voter Targeting and Campaign 2020: The Emergence of the New American Voter (Political Science)

Social Media and Authenticity (CCJS)

Discovering the Brains of Autistic Individuals (Psychology)

SSU WGS Alumni Success (WGS)

Sedimentary analysis of soils from Cacalotepexi rock shelter (Geography/Archaeology)

When will people challenge injustice? (Psychology/CCJS)

Day Laborers and Worker Centers: Organizing Latino Immigrants (Chicano and Latino Studies)

Survey of Community Policing Practices in Sonoma County (CCJS)

Bohemian Grove: Global Power Elite Intersection (Sociology)

Evaluating the effectiveness of SSU’s Sophomore Year Experience Program (History)

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Would you like to...

  • work closely with an active SSU faculty scholar?
  • get a head start on graduate school relevant experiences?
  • build important research skills?
  • add something special to your resume?

Consider participating in SSURI (Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative)!

Deadline: 5 pm, Sunday, April 28, 2019

Selected students will work closely with a faculty mentor and be paid $12.00 an hour for 50 hours of work (up to $600.00 total).


You may apply for only one SSURI project at the time, so please read ALL the descriptions carefully and choose the project that best suits your interests. Please note that many faculty work across discipline boundaries, so do not limit yourself to projects that match your current or anticipated major. We might contact you about working with a different faculty mentor, so keep second and third choices in mind.

Application review will be completed by the end of April. The initiation and completion date will be determined by student and SSURI faculty mentor.

Step 1: Prepare your application

Read the faculty project proposals carefully to see if you have the required skills and qualifications. Available projects are listed below:

Students can apply to just one project at this time. If you are selected for a project but are unable to complete the work, it not only hurts the research project but prevents other students from benefiting from this opportunity.

Make sure you are eligible. Students who are second year students (e.g., "rising juniors") with a GPA of at least 3.0 are encouraged to apply. Projects might require specific coursework. Please read the qualifications listed in the project description carefully. First year (e.g., "rising sophomores") and third year (e.g., "rising seniors") also can apply (however, we cannot hire students who do not plan to enroll at SSU for Fall 2018). First priority will be given to current second year students.

Submit your application information ONLINE. You will be asked for contact information and a statement of interest for your selected project. In your statement (no more than 250 words), make sure that you address the following two questions: What do you hope to get out of this research experience? What skills or experiences can you bring to the project? Be prepared to cut and paste your statement into the online application from a word document. You will receive an email that will confirm that we received your application.

Step 2: Submit your application online

Step 3: After application submission

If the faculty member selects you for an interview, he or she will email you to make an appointment (make sure to list an email address that you check regularly). If another student is selected for the project, you also should receive an email. There is no need to contact the faculty member direclty.

Step 4: Requirements if you are selected

Attend an orientation meeting, 12 noon, Tuesday, May 7th, Stevenson 3082

Complete a Learning Contract with your SSURI faculty mentor. Meet with your SSURI faculty mentor as soon as possible to set up a schedule, discuss the project and complete the learning contract. You and your SSURi faculty mentor both should keep a copy of the learning contract to submit with your final evaluation reports. You also will need to complete additional paperwork in order to be paid.

At the end of your project (and before your final payment will be released), complete an assessment of your experience. You should expect to spend at least 30 minutes completing this report.