IPEC-250 IPE Quantitative Research Lab
Spring for 2016-2017
The International Political Economy Research Lab provides the opportunity for 16 students to work in pairs on original research papers. Students will co-author a paper using quantitative methods to test innovative hypotheses using panel datasets covering thousands of observations of countries from around the world over many years. This seminar will provide students the opportunity to explore a research question in depth with the goal towards presenting the findings at a conference and perhaps eventually publishing a research paper. Each student will work as part of a research cluster in the class. The final set of research themes for the course will depend on the students who are accepted into the class. Proposed themes include economic transparency, foreign aid, international institutions, democratization, and human rights.
Open to sophomores and juniors with a 3.5 or better GPA. Students must also have a willingness to use Stata software and come to class with an interest in applying quantitative methods to their research. Stata licenses are now available to undergraduates for free through UIS, and accepted students should request a license before the first class meeting.
DEADLINE: Monday, November 21, 2016, by 5:00PM. Email the following 3 items to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject heading of “STUDENT NAME- MAJOR or INTENDED MAJOR: Spring 2017 Quant Research Lab Application” (eg Jack Hoyasaxa-IPEC: Spring 2017 Quant Research Lab Application)
(1) A previously written paper which highlights your analytical abilities and writing skills.
(2) A brief statement (150 words maximum) on what you would like to research. The statement should include the research question, a hypothesis (or reference to a debate over the research question), and 1-2 sentences describing the method you would like to use to present evidence supporting the final argument (on research methods, see below). It is completely fine for the 150 word statement to be directly connected to the submitted paper (see #1 above). You can also propose a new research question.
(3) Unofficial transcript
Notification: Applicants who are accepted into the class will be notified over the winter break. In the meantime, students should schedule classes for the spring as though they were not in the seminar, but should keep the seminar class-time in mind when preparing their schedules. The seminar is scheduled for Tuesdays, 3:30-6:00PM.
***NOTE: EACH FILE INCLUDED IN THE APPLICATION MUST HAVE THE LASTNAME OF THE STUDENT INCLUDED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FILENAME – E.G., “Smith_statement.docx” OR “Smith_transcript.pdf.”***
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Spring '17: Vreeland J (web site, description)
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