Contribute to cutting-edge scholarship and gain valuable research skills in a supportive community of peers and professors with the Pillars of Research Learning Community (PRLC).
Become a World-Class Researcher
The Pillars of Research Learning Community (PRLC) offers the opportunity,
- to gain hands-on research and analytic skills while contributing to topics of interest.
- to earn 1 credit of GOVT 399.
As a part of this community, students will also have the opportunity,
- to create a research proposal under the mentorship of a Schar School faculty member.
- to learn fundamental research skills.
- the option to participate in the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP) and to receive individualized support for their URAP project.
This community is open to all interested students.
A Community of Scholars
Students will have a wide-range of professional development opportunities, including:
- Discussions around research topics with speakers, scholars, and experts;
- Facilitated coffee-house conversations around topics related to research and scholarship, including methodology, research design, data management and analysis, and working with institutional review boards;
- Workshops on poster design and presentations for both professional and academic audiences;
- Presentation practice sessions with peer feedback and facilitated workshopping of ideas;
- A trip each semester to a Washington, D.C.-area research organization such as the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, Council on Foreign Relations, or Brookings Institution.