There is a premium on research and publishing in the Political Science Discipline at Morris. That means students get involved early and often, doing their own work under the guidance of faculty advisors at first, then moving on to independent projects.
While there are ample chances for students to share their work with the campus community, students frequently travel to regional and national conferences—both undergraduate and professional—to meet colleagues, present work, and begin taking an active part in the broader political dialogue. Forging connections and getting early leads on emerging trends in theory and scholarship confer competitive advantages to Morris students.
Morris undergraduates have been placed in hundreds of internships, giving them close access to important political entities, and providing the opportunity to see first–hand how political systems operate. These internships can also turn into either employment or a referral that will kickstart a career.
Financial support for student research is available through several venues. University funding opportunities are consolidated by the Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE). One example is the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), a University-wide program which provides academically talented students the opportunity to earn up to $1,400 assisting faculty with scholarly and creative projects. Another, the Morris Academic Partners program (MAP), is unique to the Morris campus and provides paid research partnerships to academically talented, qualified third-year students. The standard stipend is $2,000. The Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program (MMP) affords students of color the opportunity to receive a $2,000 stipend for working with faculty or staff on year-long projects.
Student work in at Morris has also been funded by the University of Minnesotaâ€™s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Community Assistance Program (CAP). Faculty research funding obtained independently via grants or from other awards may also create paid positions for students to assist in research projects.
A sampling of student projects completed in the Morris Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP):
- "The Pentagon Model: Examining the Way New Media Influences Political Behavior"
- "Apocalypse Now: How Apocalyptic Rhetoric Functions in the Rhetorical Presidency"
- "The Case of the Serial Speaker: One Minute Speeches in the 104th through 110th Congresses"
- "Political Tolerance and Trust"
- Ellery Fisher, "North Koreaâ€™s Economic Crisis and Its Implications for Korean Unification"
- "The Effect of Information Environments on Environmental Knowledge and Engagement."
- "Blogs As Information Sources: The Impact of Source Credibility and Partisan Affiliation"
- "The Possibility of Democracy in Iran"
- "Q-Methods Study of Citizenship"
- "Creating a Nation: Citizenship and Participation in the European Union"
- "Assessing Experiential Civic Education Strategies: Service Learning, Public Work and the Development of Social Capital Among Young Adults"
- "Public Work and Service Learning in Civic Education"
- Michael Butcher, "Ethnic Korean in the former Soviet Union"
- Jennifer Falzerano, "Economic Relations between Russia and North Korea"
- Christina Nohre "The New Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Russia and North Korea and their Implications for Northeast Asian Security"
- Craig Perleberg "The Military Relations between South Korea and Russia: the Problems and Prospects"
- Jason Lina "The Civil-Military Relations in Russia, 1991-1995"
Selected undergraduate honors projects:
- "Mediating â€˜double consciousnessâ€™: Information Regimes and the Construction of Racial Identities"
- "Fairy Tales, Decision-Making Models and Moral Judgment"
- "Bridging the Gap between Public Journalism and Creative non-Fiction"
- "The Role of Apocalypse in Early and Medieval Christian Thought."
- "Caught Between Economics and Politics: the idea of Populism in the United States."
- "Planning for Growth: A story of two suburbs."
- "Civic Education Strategies and Perceptions of Citizenship Among Young Adults."
- "Understanding Citizenship across National lines."
- "Civic Education and the Development of Social Capital Among Young Adults."
Selected student publications and conference presentations:
O’Loughlin, P.L., Sheagley, G.∗ &Lindberg, T.∗, "New Humor, Old School Style: a Content Analysis of the Cues Offered by the Onion on the 2000 and 2004 Elections." In Morris Jonathan S., and Jody C Baumgartner, eds. 2007. Laughing Matters: Humor and American Politics in the Media Age. New York: Routledge.
Lindberg, Timothy. "Two–Party Addiction, Third–Party Backlash: Voting Behaviors Toward Third Parties in the 2004 Election." Missouri Valley Journal of Social Science, Volume IX, Issue 1, Spring 2005.
O’Loughlin, P., Converse, N.∗, and Hoechst, H.∗, "Listening to Women's Voices: Toward a Comparative Politics of Women's Difference," Advances in Gender Research, Volume 3 (1998).
Olson, A.∗ and P. O’Loughlin, "Gender in Congress: When does it Matter?" Paper presented at the 2009 Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Ill.
Steven Rice, "The Ever–Changing Line: History, Society and Politics in Native American Land Law," presented at the Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 1, 2010.
Olson, Adam P. and Roger P. Rose. "One Minutes, Serial Speakers, and the Dynamics of Polarization: One Minute Speeches from the 104th to the 110th Congresses." Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 22–25, 2010.