Studio Lab was officially launched in 2020 to provide top-notch hands-on research training for undergraduate students. We admit undergraduates as Studio Lab scho;ars who are matched with a research mentor and paid to work as research assistants. We also social events and professional training sessions. We organize a number of professional opportunities including helping students present their research at CU and outside the university, and submit their work for publication.

Listen to Dr. Sarah Wilson Sokhey discuss Studio Lab on the Alma Matters podcast with Venkat Raman

Studio Lab is a unique experience for students because:

  • Recruits broadly and prioritizes admitting a diverse set of students. This will include connecting with CU Lead Alliance programs to promote the opportunity to historically under-represented groups on campus.

  • Promotes an inclusive climate through lab events and student presentations.

  • Provides a stepping stone to future success. Studio Lab students gain valuable skills and experience to include on their resumes to make them competitive for prestigious scholarships and internships.

  • Develops real world professional skills including data collection and analysis, writing, presenting, publishing, and teamwork. 

  • Includes a wide range of research projects. Past research projects have touched on philosophy, quantitative social science research, public policy analysis, international relations, and politics around the world. Recent projects have included topics like covid-19 in Bolivia and Russia, understanding citizenship, peacekeeping, human rights, immigration policies in Qatar, policy shocks in the Middle East, and misinformation in the US media.


Support Studio Lab's work!

You can donate to Studio Lab using the "Support" button on the top right corner of our website.

You can contact Studio Lab Director Dr. Sarah Wilson Sokhey ( with any questions about the lab. Thank you!