Undergraduate Research

Political science students can gain hands-on experience through independent research and by serving as research assistants on faculty projects.

Participating in research allows students build relationships with their professors and peers, and strengthen invaluable skills that students will take with them into graduate school or a future career.

Research Awards and Funding Opportunities for Undergraduates

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) offers funding for research and scholarship projects to all undergraduates at UConn. Many of our students have taken advantage of IDEA Grants; Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Research Experience (SHARE) Awards; and Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) Awards, to name a few.


View a list of funding programs


Honors Research Assistantships

The Alan R. Bennett Honors Program in the Department of Political Science provides competitive research assistantships with faculty members to honors students. These Bennett research awards also support student travel to professional conferences and presentations on campus at the Research Excellence in Political Science poster sessions and Frontiers Undergraduate Research exhibitions. Contact the honors program director for questions and details on how to apply.

Faculty Research Projects

Students are encouraged to reach out directly to their political science professors to learn about their research expertise and ask about research assistantship opportunities. Learn more about the Department’s research subfields and visit our faculty directory to learn more about your professors’ research interests. Not sure how to get started? View tips for connecting with faculty via the Office of Undergraduate Research.