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NSF REU Site: Undergraduate Research in Race, Ethnicity, and Family Demography

The Population Research Center of the University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with the Department of Sociology and with funding from the National Science Foundation, is pleased to announce the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. The REU program offers talented undergraduates the opportunity for classroom training and hands-on research experience during an 8-week session on The University of Texas at Austin campus. This program is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation SMA-1852556Shannon Cavanagh is the Training Director that oversees the REU program. 

Students will have the opportunity to work directly with faculty, policy analysts, and senior graduate students on issues related to race, ethnicity, and American families. Students will also participate in coursework, data analysis, training experiences in the ‘real’ world and the academy.
  • Opportunity to study social demography through course work and mentored research experience with PRC faculty and senior graduate students
  • Program pays for room and board, and computing and research-related expenses
  • REU students receive a $4,000 stipend for participation in the 8 week program
  • Students collaborate with demographers working outside the academy, in state and local research institutes
  • Second half of the program focuses on individual projects in collaboration with graduate student mentors and PRC faculty
  • Student papers are presented in the fall at a professional conference or as policy briefs to local stakeholders
  • This program is specifically geared toward students with junior standing who are seriously thinking about attending graduate school in the social sciences and, particularly, in sociology or demography
  • Students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply

You can find the application HERE. Application is due February 28, 2022.

Please be aware that the exact parameters for the Texas REU program may change given the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 Cohort

Lin Ang - University of Pennsylvania - "Interracial Relationships and Parent-Child Bonds"

Aryele Jackson - Western Washington University - "How School Discipline and Sense of Belonging Motivate Black Educational Attainment"

Margarita Obregon - University of Southern California - "Financial Transfers Between Parents and their Adult Children: A Focus on Immigrant Families in the United States"

Clarisse Manuel - The University of Texas at Austin - "Adolescent Sexual Attitudes and the Likelihood of Teen Pregnancy"

Isabel Levin - The University of Massachusetts - "Intergenerational Closure and Educational Attainment in Young Adulthood"

Erika Folgar - Vassar College - "The Association Between Adolescent Intimate Partner Violence and College Graduation"

Soren Starkey - Ohio University - "Power, Violence, and Identity: Effects of Abstinence Pledges on Romantic Relationships"

Olivia Howard - University of Michigan - "Inheriting Financial Exclusion: How Family Structure History Influences Banking in Early Adulthood"

2019 Cohort

Hannah Bills - Southwestern University - "Dating Violence among U.S. High School Students: Differences across Sexual Identity and Sexual Behavior"

Sofia Depner - University of Arizona - "Immigration Policy and Education: Arizona Test Scores after SB 1070"

Benjamin Gonzalez - Trinity University - "Disparities in Context: Health Insurance Coverage in Texas Latinx Populations"

Jada Kissi - Cornell University - "Sexual empowerment and family planning use among Ghanaian Women"

Siriruay "Ploy" Methakitwarun - Northern Kentucky University - "Immigrant generations in home leaving: Do parents and peers matter"

Athena Owirodu -  The University of Texas at Austin - "Parental Health and its Impact on their Child’s College Trajectory"

Meena Pyatt -  The University of Texas at Austin - "Multiracial Identity and Adolescent Sexual Debut"

Zachary White - Southwestern University - "How Long is this Gonna Last?’ Using the National Couples Survey to Measure Confidence in a Relationship"

Notable mentions and awards

Siriruay "Ploy" Methakitwarun - recipient of the 2019 Southern Demographic Association best undergraduate student paper award

Athena Owiroduselected as a recipient of the Undergraduate Research Fellowship for her paper, "Parental Health and its’ Impact on their Child’s College Trajectory" 

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