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.
Become a World-Class Researcher
Open to all Schar School students, the Pillars of Research Learning Community offers the opportunity to gain hands-on research and analytic skills while contributing to topics of interest and gaining class credit. Students in the community will earn 1 credit of GOVT 399 in the fall and 1 credit of GOVT 399 in the spring.
As a part of this community, students have the opportunity to participate in the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP) conducting a hands-on research project under the mentorship of a Schar School faculty member. Students serving as an undergraduate research assistant earn 1-3 additional credits of GOVT 399.
A Community of Scholars
Students will have a wide-range of professional development opportunities, including:
- Monthly discussions on 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;
- Skills workshops on poster design and presentations for both professional and academic audiences;
- Presentation practice sessions with peer feedback and facilitated workshopping of ideas; and
- 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.