We are proud to present our students with a number of different opportunities to develop their skills conducting research as novice political scientists.
The ability to craft well-articulated arguments, supported by well-reasoned evidence and analysis, is vital to selling yourself as a quality applicant to graduate schools, and to differentiating yourself from other applicants in jobs across the political science spectrum.
The Ramerican Political Science Review accepts work from all of political science’s disciplines, including American politics, international relations, comparative politics, political theory and public policy. We look for research that addresses pressing political issues and that, therefore, carries substantial normative importance. We also look for research that approaches research questions from theoretically grounded avenues, and for research that seeks to answer the research question in a novel, yet compelling, methodological fashion.
Students who are interested in serving as an editor for The Ramerican Political Science Review should email the journal's faculty adviser, Dr. Reckendorf, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who are interested in submitting a paper for publication should complete two easy steps:
Students who are interested in submitting their research for consideration should look in their inbox for the 'Call of Papers' that goes out typically in April. Students can also contact Dr. Reckendorf at email@example.com.
Undergraduate and junior graduate students are invited to submit proposals to present completed research papers/projects, research in progress or roundtable discussions on any topic related to the general fields of government, international and public affairs. Students from colleges and universities in and around Virginia, as well as national and overseas colleagues, are also invited to submit proposals. The conference occurs during spring semester, annually.
Students who are interested in presenting their research should look in their inbox for the Call for Papers that goes out, typically, in January. Students can also contact the conference assistant directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The VSSA is the oldest association of academics in the state of Virginia. The organization is comprised of scholars from a variety of social science fields, and welcomes undergraduate students to present their research in a formal, yet non-intimidating, setting at their annual VSSA Conference. The conference’s location rotates across universities within the state of Virginia, and is typically held during the spring semester.
The 2017 and 2018 VSSA Conferences were held right here at Virginia Commonwealth University!
Students who are interested in presenting their research should visit the VSSA website and contact their leadership directly.
The (In)Security Lab is a vertically-integrated student research lab housed in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Political Science. By fostering multidisciplinary student research opportunities, the ISL@VCU gets VCU students involved in research on contemporary, pressing issues relating to human security. With an emphasis on intersectional approaches and individuals’ lived experiences with insecurity and violence, ISL@VCU’s research agenda engages questions of agency, accountability, and justice at the individual, community, and structural levels.
The ISL supports the One VCU Research objective of achieving a just and equitable society by reducing the impact of inequality, discrimination and disparities through the development of knowledge and solutions at the levels of practice, services, and policy.