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-1852556.

Meet our 2019 Cohort!

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 deadline is February 29, 2020.


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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