Research & Innovation

Photo of Political Science student
 

Research & Innovation

Explore some of the Department of Political Science’s research opportunities

In addition to being award-winning teachers, faculty in UNL’s Department of Political Science are engaged in cutting-edge research.

UCARE

After taking a class in political science, many of our undergraduates express interest in learning more about how political science research is conducted. The Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience (UCARE) Program offers our undergraduates an unprecedented opportunity to engage in hands-on political science research under the supervision of a faculty mentor. In year one, students work with a faculty member on his/her research, and in year two, launch a project of their own. This experience has been particularly valuable for our students interested in pursuing graduate studies.

Margo Berends

Margo Berends

Turning the world upside down with their research, Margo Berends (left) and Courtney Hillebrecht (right)

“Doing research through UCARE has given me the opportunity to learn more about a topic and field that really interest me. I have been able to connect what I’m learning about through UCARE with my course work. UCARE has also helped me develop better research skills and build a closer relationship with my professor.” Margo Berends

Learn More

Ben Kantack

Sergio Wals (left) and Ben Kantack (right) in good spirits after a productive research session

 “Working with Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Wals on this project has been an absolute blast and the best part of my senior year. Participating in UCARE has challenged me intellectually, helped me hone my research and analytical skills, and prepared me for grad school more than I ever thought it could.” Ben Kantack

Learn More
Ben Kantack
Thomas Zimmer

Thomas Zimmer

Thomas Zimmerman (left) demonstrates the physiology lab equipment on his UCARE sponsor, John Hibbing (right)

“Working with the Human and Social Dynamics Study on a UCARE grant has allowed me a one-of-a-kind experience in interdisciplinary research.  The arc of my academic career will always be shaped by this experience.” Thomas Zimmer

Learn More

PSEPP

To give undergraduate students taking POLS 100 direct experience with research, we place them into the Political Science Experimental Participant Pool (PSEPP)

Learn More