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The Department offers several scholarships. These scholarships have different application procedures and deadlines. For information regarding these scholarships, please contact the Chair of the Political Science Department to determine the application procedure and deadlines.

Bo and Gloria Ginn Scholarship (3269)Internship: Available for students who are residents of Georgia and accepted into the Department’s internship program. Students must agree to intern with a member of the Georgia Congressional delegation in Washington D.C.
Senator Paul D. Coverdell Memorial Scholarship (0663)Student must be accepted into the Department’s internship program and agree to intern with a Georgia member of Congress for a summer internship.
Ron Pye Alumni Scholarship (0653)First preference shall go to a female student in the Department who is a single mother of a child under the age of 18. Second preference shall go to any female student in the Department. Third preference shall go to any major. Students may be at any class level with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
John H. Daily Political Science Scholarship (3356)Applicants must be a beginning graduate student, regularly admitted to a graduate program in the Department, and for whom at least two years have passed since being awarded an undergraduate degree. The award of the scholarship will make a great economic difference between being able or unable to begin graduate school. The student must have high academic credentials.
G. Lane and Christine S. Van Tassell Scholarship (3482)Award should be given to students pursuing a degree in Political Science. The award may be given to outstanding seniors or to graduate level students.


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I am currently working on developing an original dataset on human trafficking policy with a colleague and we are looking for research assistants to volunteer for the project this semester.

For our project, we have coded human trafficking policies (and a few other trafficking variables) using the US Trafficking in Persons reports from 2000-2020. Your job as a volunteer would be to help us check our coding for each country in each year to be sure our codes are accurate.

First, you will be connected to our research team leader, Elizabeth Diamanduros. She will meet with you over zoom as a group to show you exactly how to do the code checking. You will then be assigned a country. You will read through the country reports for each year of the US TIP reports and use a coding sheet we will provide to check to be sure the information is correct. There will be a designated Google Drive folder for your country and you will upload a completed, checked coding sheet to show you have finished. Once you complete a country, a new one will be assigned to you. This will be done on your own time, so there is no pressure to work many hours a week on this (and you should NOT do that because your coursework and other responsibilities should come FIRST). But generally, we like the coders to get to a point where they can do 2 countries a week if possible.

This sounds a bit strange if you have not done coding before, but I promise it gets easier as you know what you are looking for, and you are not required to WRITE any code, just to check the code we have against the reports. Because this is on a volunteer basis, we cannot offer monetary compensation. However, you will be listed in our acknowledgements when we publish the dataset and you will be able to put this experience on your resume/CV for when you finish at GSU. This shows research experience that could be valuable to graduate schools, law schools, and many employers.

I am trying to gather volunteers this week. If you are interested in participating, please email me ASAP and let me know. Once I have the names of the volunteers, I will send them to Elizabeth and she will reach out to schedule a Zoom training session with all the new people.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Thank you!

Dr. Kate Perry

Assistant Professor 

Department of Political Science & International Studies

Georgia Southern University

2205 Carroll Building Statesboro, GA 30460

Office: 912-478-0838

Last updated: 11/30/2023