PSEPP is a sample recruitment tool for political science research and is sponsored by the Department of Political Science. Its purposes are twofold: for students to learn about the research process, and for researchers to conduct their research. The pool has been operating since fall 2008, and nearly 100 studies have been conducted this way.At least four national grant proposals have been submitted using data collected from students participating in PSEPP. This data has also informed several journal articles and book chapters.
How to earn research credits
Instructors make detailed, course-specific instructions available to students at the beginning of the semester. To complete the research component of your political science course, you must earn eight (8) research credits this semester.
Research credits may be earned three ways:
- Option A – Study Participation: Participate in research studies conducted by faculty and graduate students within the Political Science Department (usually 1-2 credits per study)
- Option B – Article Reports: Read and summarize research articles written by political science faculty (2 credits each)
- Option C – Combination: Complete the required 8 credits through a combination of Option A (Study Participation) and Option B (Article Reports).