Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2024 International Relations Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program (URAP). Students selected as research assistants will work one-on-one with faculty in the Maxwell School on projects to support their research agendas.
Research assistants commit to conducting three-five (3-5) hours of research a week for a minimum forty-five (45) hours total for the semester and will register for one (1) academic credit for the semester which appears on your university transcript as IRP 450 “Undergraduate Research Program.” Students selected for a URAP position will submit a final reflection paper on the URAP experience at the end of the semester.

Eligibility requirements are:
1) Senior standing (84 credits or more); students expected to graduate in the current academic year preferred
2) Declared major in International Relations;
3) Minimum 3.400 cumulative grade point average;
4) On main campus for current semester;
5) Completed academic coursework relevant to quantitative and/or qualitative social science
research methods, such as MAX 201 "Statistics for the Social Sciences” or SOC 318 “Introduction
to Research” is preferred.

Project descriptions or the Spring semester are: 

  1. US Environmental Laws and Health Outcomes (IR Program): One (1) undergraduate research assistant will provide support to a faculty member in the IR Program on project that examines the correlation between disease burdens and/or outbreaks and the creation of U.S.'s environmental laws.
  2. Unpacking Chinese Naval Strategy (Political Science Dept. and IR Program): One (1) undergraduate research assistant will provide support to a faculty member in the Political Science Department and IR Program on a project that analyzes the evolution of China's naval strategy. Ability to read Chinese language sources is required.
  3.  Civilian Involvement in Military Coups (IR Program): One (1) undergraduate research assistant will provide support to a faculty member in the IR Program in reviewing a book manuscript for errors and inconsistencies. Familiarity with the Arabic language is preferred.
  4. Secessionism in America (Political Science Dept.):  One (1) undergraduate research assistant will provide support to a faculty member in the Political Science Department on a project that examines contemporary secessionist efforts in the United States.
  5. US and the World Workshop (IR Program and History Dept.): One (1) undergraduate research assistant will provide support to a faculty member in the History Department and IR Program with a project examining topics in U.S. foreign relations

Please submit the completed application, which can be found here along with a current résumé by 5:00pm on Monday, January 15 to be considered for a Spring 2024 research assistantship. Late applications cannot be considered as the assistantship hours begin the first week of classes.

For any questions, please contact Faye Morse at flmorse@syr.edu. 

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