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Undergrad Gets Fellowship for Political Science Research

November 30, 2017

Florida State University undergraduate Joan Joseph has added to her already impressive achievements with a new honor supporting and recognizing her research.

The political science major was selected as a fellow in the Advanced Empirical Research on Politics for Undergraduates Program (AERoPUP) at Ohio State University.

Joseph was chosen on the basis of her project assessing the legacy of colonial institutions on modern corruption. She was particularly recognized for her “qualifications and preparation to take on this work,” according to AERoPUP Director Brian M. Pollins.

As a fellow, Joseph will present her research at the annual meeting of the Society for Political Methodology in Provo, Utah, in July 2018. The honor also includes up to $1,000 for such items as software, data purchase and printing.

“This fellowship will provide me with resources and experiences that allow me to think more critically while developing conceptual frameworks and designing social inquiry—the crux of doing good research,” she said. "This extra training will enhance my subsequent studies and help me contribute to the literature at the intersection of political methodology and comparative politics."

In May 2017, Joseph was named a 2017 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute scholar by the American Political Science Association. The institute is an annual, intensive, five-week program held at Duke University designed to expose undergraduate students to the rigor of doctoral study in political science. (Read about it here).

Her achievements as an undergraduate include receiving a Research Intensive Bachelor's Certificate from the Department of Political Science and a Scott and Ina McNichols IDEA grant for undergraduate research.

As a 2017 Social Science Scholar, the premiere program for outstanding juniors in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, Joseph conducted archival research in France and Haiti, leading to the work that earned her the AERoPUP fellowship.

Her research interests center on the enduring effects of institutions in explaining democratization and state development. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in political science with a focus on political methodology and comparative politics.

“This external recognition from the society’s endorsement is a terrific early accomplishment in her professional career,” said FSU Assistant Professor of Political Science Amanda Driscoll, Joseph’s mentor and supervisor of her honors thesis. “Attending the summer meeting will provide an invaluable opportunity to network with peers and future mentors.”