Come participate in hands-on research with faculty & Ph.D. students in the Department of Political Science!

STUDIO is now accepting applicants for the 2021-2022 academic year. The application deadline is Monday, June 14th, 2021.

The deadline to apply is now Monday, June 14, 2021. We will prioritize applications received by Monday, June 14, 2021, but the application will stay open beyond that. We will make final decisions about who will be hired in mid-August 2021

Engaging in original research is very much like producing creative artwork. During the Renaissance, artists entered the world of art as apprentices doing menial tasks until they gained important administrative skills to imitate masterpieces. Only after they mastered common techniques and popular styles, they were able to come up with original ideas in the studiolo—a room for contemplation—and produce creative artwork in the bottega—the workroom.

Based on the mastery of creative training during the Renaissance, the Department of Political Science has created a STUDIO lab to train undergraduates early on in their academic careers and prepare them for their own research by the time they begin their honors theses, other forms of academic research, and their long successful careers in a wide variety of fields.

Students will learn how to manage research materials, such as data collection, coding, and organization of primary and secondary resources. When appropriate, we will teach students applied statistics and how to use statistical software to analyze data and present results. Students will also learn how to find and frame a puzzle, as well as the art of building an insightful theory around the existing literature.

In addition to these training goals, the STUDIO will host professional workshops and social events to develop a sense of community between the faculty, doctoral students, and undergraduates. Professional workshop topics include tips for using statistical soft-ware efficiently, time management, and funding opportunities. Social events include lunches and coffee hours.

If you’re interested in this exciting opportunity, apply today! If you are accepted into the STUDIO lab, we will work to match you with a faculty member or Ph.D. student to work on a research project.

You do NOT have to be a political science major to participate. 

Students can make $12.32/hour for work during the fall semester.


  • Participants should be in regular touch with their research supervisor. The expected time commitment is about 5 hours a week.
  • Participations should attend social events associated with the lab.
  • Participants are required to present the results of their research to the Department of Political Science.
  • Participants are required to submit a proposal to present their research at conferences like (but not limited to) the Midwest Political Science Association.
  • When appropriate and possible, participants should submit an article to the Colorado Political Science Review.

2021-2022 Application

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Sarah Wilson Sokhey (