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Undergraduate Research Prize

The Department of Political Science awards undergraduate research prizes for the most outstanding Political Science research projects completed by a Political Science student. There are two awards: a junior-level prize for projects by Freshman-Juniors and a senior-level prize for projects by Seniors. Each spring at the department’s Celebration of Achievement, a $500 prize will be awarded to one project in each category completed during the year preceding the event.

Any finished major research project on a political science topic is eligible for consideration, including but not limited to those completed by political science majors for the distinction program, honors theses, semester papers and the department’s summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Eligible projects may be self-nominated or nominated by a department faculty member. The process for allocating these positions is as follows:

  • Nominations are due April 26, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.
  • Include the following in your nomination:

1.  This completed nomination form.
2.  One electronic copy of the research project

Brown Research Nomination Form
  • All eligible nominations will be reviewed by a three-person committee composed of political science faculty identified by James Scott, the Brown Chair in Political Science. The Brown Chair normally serves as a member of the committee unless there is a conflict of interest with a nomination.
  • Contact Dr. James Scott with any questions at

Student Summer Research Program

Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science Student Summer Research Program offers an opportunity for students to participate in an intellectual community committed to inquiry, investigation, and creativity. The integrative summer research program engages teacher-scholars with student-scholars and consists of two main components: theme projects involve rising sophomores or juniors to formulate and complete mentored research projects related to a research program theme selected by the Department of Political Science, mentored by a faculty team during the summer; thesis projects involve seniors working on their Political Science-related Distinction and/or Honors theses. Mentoring for these projects involves their thesis supervisor.

Together, the program participants (students and faculty) form a research community for inquiry supported by both faculty mentoring and peer mentoring. Participants are selected through a competitive process involving an application and review by a department faculty committee. Students selected receive a $1500 stipend for the summer, paid in three installments based on project progress and completion.


For information, contact Dr. James Scott,

2019 Student Summer Research Program Call for Applications


2019 Student Summer Research Program Application form