We are sorry to announce that the NSF informed us on February 12, 2014 that this program would not receive funding for the summer of 2014. The program is therefore suspended until further notice.

If you remain interested in a summer research experience along the lines of the TCU program, let me suggest that you consider the Conflict Management and Peace Science REU at the University of North Texas. Information may be found at:

A National Science Foundation-supported Research Experience for Undergraduates

Department of Political Science, Texas Christian University

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1143601. (Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.)

Welcome to the home of the Democracy, Interdependence and World Politics Summer Research Program!

On these pages you will find information on the 2014 program hosted by the Department of Political Science at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. If you have any questions, please contact the program director for additional information:

James M. Scott
Herman Brown Chair and Professor
Department of Political Science
Texas Christian University

I. Basics
The Democracy , Interdependence and World Politics Summer Research Program for undergraduates focuses on important and timely questions related to the impact of democracy on international politics and foreign policy. Supported by summer stipends, research funds, and travel funds, students will work in one of three issue areas:
Foreign Policy in a Democracy
Interdependence and Foreign Policy
Democratization and Democracy Promotion
Democracy and Conflict

The program provides undergraduate students with valuable research training and experiences that enable student learning based on active discovery and inquiry and help prepare students for graduate study.

II. The Program
The Democracy, Interdependence and World Politics Summer Research Program is a residential summer program for undergraduates. The program has four main elements.
1) Faculty-Mentored Student Research. The core of the program consists of independent undergraduate research projects completed under faculty supervision and mentoring. These projects will focus on research questions from one of the program's issue areas. Students will be expected to design and implement a high-quality, professional-length paper suitable for presentation at an academic conference.
2) Research Training. A critical component of the summer research program is a seminar series that provides training in research design, research methods, and both quantitative and qualitative techniques in support of their research projects.
3) A Research Community. The participants of the summer program will be active participants in a research community, both during the program and after its completion. In addition to project work, students will be involved in regular research forums to discuss their work and progress with each other and with the faculty mentors. Moreover, students will engage in symposia with guest scholars from major research universities, as well as special sessions with international scholars from universities abroad. In later weeks, the faculty will hold workshops on GRE preparation, graduate school application, and graduate school selection.
4) A Capstone Academic Presentation. Students will present their results to the academic community at Texas Christian University in the final week of the summer program. Additionally, each student-scholar proposes his/her paper for consideration by the organizers of the International Studies Association Annual Conference. If accepted, the students present their projects at the annual ISA meeting in the spring following the summer program. Funds for registration, travel, and lodging at this conference are provided from the REU program to each participating student.
Questions? Contact the Program Director, Dr. James M. Scott, at

James M. Scott
Program Director
Herman Brown Chair and Professor
Department of Political Science
TCU Box 297021
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX 76129