»Undergraduate Student Research

Present your research at the Chapman University Undergraduate Research Fair, April 30- May 1. 

ICPSR is sponsoring two undergraduate research paper competitions. The first competition, sponsored by the general archive at ICPSR, requires a research paper supported by quantitative analysis of any dataset(s) held within the ICPSR archive or any of its special topic archives.

The second competition is sponsored by the Minority Data Resource Center. The paper must address issues relevant to underrepresented minorities in the United States including immigrants, and data must be drawn from the MDRC. A separate committee will be formed to judge this competition.

Interested in advanced methods training?
You can attend the ICPSR summer program. The program, “ is recognized throughout the world as the preeminent forum for basic and advanced training in the methodologies and technologies of social science research.”

Getting Involved in Research!
If you are interested in doing research, visit the Henley lab. We can help you find a mentor for your own independent project and assist you with the collection, analysis and presentation of your research. We also maintain lists of faculty who are looking for research assistance or are looking for student collaborators. Currently, students and faculty in History, Political Science, Sociology and Communication Studies are working on projects together. Some of these collaborations have led to students and faculty co-authoring papers.

What is Undergraduate Research?
Undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.

+-How Does Undergraduate Research Benefit Students?

  • Enhances student learning through mentoring relationships with faculty
  • Increases retention in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics pipeline
  • Increases enrollment in graduate education and provides effective career preparation
  • Develops critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and intellectual independence
  • Develops an understanding of research methodology
  • Promotes an innovation-oriented culture

+-Faculty Research

Faculty Research
The Henley lab can assist faculty by providing research assistance. Our student researchers have been trained in the use of SPSS, EXCEL and GIS. They have all completed methods training and can assist with projects involving experiments, focus groups, content analysis and survey research, as well as other techniques. Additionally, we can help you find student collaborators. Currently, students and faculty in History, Political Science, Sociology and Communication Studies are working on projects together. Some of these collaborations have led to students and faculty co-authoring papers.

Online Survey Research
The lab also has a Zoomerang account and we can work with you to conduct online surveys and experiments. We can also assist you in obtaining local, national and even international samples for your study.

In addition, if you require students in your courses to complete projects using quantitative methods, they can get help in the lab five days a week. Please, contact the Director, Dr. Ann Gordon, to discuss your specific needs.

Secondary Data Analysis
The Henley lab collects and maintains an archive of social science data. In addition, we are Chapman University’s gateway to the Inter-University Consortium for Social and Political Research, or ICPSR at the University of Michigan.

Interdisciplinary Faculty Work Groups

The HSSRL encourages and supports interdisciplinary research through the creation of faculty work groups. Current groups include:

Health Care Policy and Communication in the 2008 Election
This group brings together researchers from three universities and two disciplines.

Crisis Communication
Researchers in this group represent two disciplines and have already published some preliminary results on the California Wildfires in the Wilkinson Review. 

Debate Watch and Uvote 2008
Researchers in two disciplines at Chapman joined the prestigious Uvote 2008 study.

Uvote 2008 is a non-partisan group of students and professors from more than 28 college and university campuses working to engage young citizens in political and civic life. It is a nonprofit organization and do not support or endorse any political party or candidate.

The main focus is to make young voters aware of how important it is to exercise their rights. We study political communication patterns of university-age voters in order to develop programs and messages that enhance the interest and participation of this group.

Uvote2 008 has more than 50 members working together to:

  • gather and analyze data on campaign messages (television spots, debates, Web sites, newscasts, newspapers, talk shows and alternative media formats)
  • measure responses to these messages through experiments, surveys, and focus groups
  • organize and sponsor activities on our own campuses to encourage greater participation among young voters
  • publicize the outcomes of our project through conventional scholarly outlets (conference programs, journal articles, books) and through promotion of our work on the Internet and through media outlets.

Political Communication and Advertising Study
The Henley lab is currently collecting data for this project. We are working with two other university labs and the data will be available to Henley lab users when it is complete.

If you would like to join an existing faculty research group, create a group or obtain research assistance, please contact: Dr. Ann Gordon (agordon@chapman.edu)

+-Data Center

The Henley lab collects and maintains an archive of social science data.

For U.S. socioeconomic data by zip code, visit Local Labs. For example, you can view a breakdown of income and education by race for every city, county, zip code, and state in the US. You can see an example of all of available data points by viewing the page for the state of California here: http://locallabs.org/california


In addition, we are Chapman University’s gateway to the Inter-University Consortium for Social and Political Research, or ICPSR at the University of Michigan.

Browse ICPSR.

Frequently Downloaded Data Collections from ICPSR

  • Americans’ Changing Lives
  • American Citizen Participation Study
  • American National Election Study
  • AsiaBarometer
  • Biodemographic Models of Reproductive Aging
  • (BIMORA) Project
  • Capital Punishment in the United States
  • Community Tracking Study Household and Physician Surveys
  • Early Childhood Longitudinal Study
  • Early Head Start Research and Evaluation (EHSRE) Study
  • General Social Surveys
  • Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study
  • International Social Survey Program: Family and Changing Gender Roles
  • Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS)
  • Mannheim Eurobarometer Trend File
  • Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th-, 10th-, and 12th-Grade Surveys)
  • Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality
  • National Black Election Study
  • National Comorbidity Survey
  • National Education Longitudinal Study
  • National Election Pool General Election Exit Polls
  • National Health Interview Survey
  • National Household Education Survey
  • National Survey of Midlife Development in the U.S. (MIDUS)
  • National Survey on Drug Use and Health
  • Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods:
    Community Survey
  • Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities
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