This award provides funds for the renewal of a Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site in Political Science at the University of Virginia. The program, called the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, was initiated by the American Political Science Association in 1986. NSF joined in funding the program in 1997. The program is designed to expand opportunities for students of color by preparing them to enroll in doctoral programs and become political science college and university professor. Twenty black, Latino, and American Indian undergraduates will be immersed in a five-week intensive program that includes graduate level course work, and the design, analysis, write-up, and presentation of original research papers. The program simulates the graduate school experience and focuses on scientific analysis by introducing the students to research methods and statistics, and the research enterprise that is the lifeline of professional political scientists. Two excellent ethics seminars will be included in the program -- one on ethics in survey research and the other on ethical choices in international relations.
This award contributes to the Foundation's continuing efforts to attract talented students into careers in science through active undergraduate research experiences.