Published: Oct. 22, 2019
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Are you an undergraduate student interested in doing hands-on research in political science? The Department of Political Science has launched a new “learning by doing” initiative to get students more involved in political science research and learning that is connected with the issues most relevant to you.

On October 17, 2019, six undergraduate students presented the research they did in the summer of 2019 with Professor Sarah Wilson Sokhey to faculty, grad students, and undergrads alike. These students—Ian Hogg, Brian Iraheta, Kavya Kannan, Cameron Love,  Kevin Ordonez, and Ayomi Rajapakse—presented their findings of how authoritarian regimes invest in higher education. Each of these researchers coded roughly 1,000 articles from state-owned news sources about how the government was investing in higher education. The research was funded by the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at CU and by funds from the “Learning by Doing” initiative in the Department of Political Science.

Check out the short recorded introduction with slides by Professor Sarah Wilson Sokhey and the slides from the students’ presentations (Bee Gees & Coding Cobras). Also check out the links to UROP (next applications due February 14, 2020!), PACE funding for CU for undergraduate students to attend conferences and the Colorado Political Science Review.

For more info, please email Professor Sokhey at or check out the links below!


CU Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program:

Professional and Academic Conference Endowment:

Colorado Political Science Review: