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The Summer Program in Accountability, Behavior, and Conflict in Democratic Politics is a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

The program’s goals are to (1) provide mentored social science research experiences on topics related to accountability, behavior, and conflict in democratic politics among a diverse group of students and faculty; (2) build students’ interest, skillsets, and knowledge regarding the development and communication of social science research; (3) prepare and support students as they advance along career paths that involve the production, presentation, and informed consumption of social science research.

During the 8-week program, the REU co-directors, faculty affiliates, and selected graduate students will guide participants through two complementary research experiences: students spend three-quarters of their research time on a mentored independent project and one-quarter’s effort collaborating on a faculty affiliate’s project. Students attend skill-building sessions on research design, scientific inference, data analysis, professionalization, research communication, faculty research presentations, and career panels.

The program is funded via NSF award #2150143.