IGS awards $500 research grants for undergrads

February 1, 2013

The Center for the Study of Representation, housed within IGS, is looking for up to two more undergraduates for a $500 research grant. Each year CSR awards up to six Cal undergrads with as much as $500 to help with expenses for research papers dealing with some aspect of American politics—from social movements to electoral behavior.

Deadline for the second round of applications is February 6th.

Last semester the applicant pool was rich and four students were chosen—across disciplines—to receive the prestigious Charles H. Percy Undergraduate Grant for Public Research.

Joshua White, a senior majoring in political science, is using his grant to fund an online survey to help him answer the question: “Do Democrats Prefer Teachers? Do Republicans Prefer Business Executives?”

“Before I came to Cal I worked in local politics and government,” White said. “The widely held belief is you should chose a certain occupation to appeal to certain voters,” he said, “But, there is very little hard science behind that notion.”

Astrid Ackerman, another of this year’s awardees, is a sociology major. She is exploring how the events of 9/11 effected conversation around immigration in the U.S. The grant allowed her to travel to Harvard and present her paper for review and critique in front of experts on the topic. 

“It was a great experience,” Ackerman said. “I came back with a lot more work to do on my paper.” 

All of the awardees, listed below, will have their papers published on IGS’ e-scholarship site.

Below is a list of the grant winners—so far—this academic year.

Astrid Ackerman, Sociology

Research Interests: “A Comparative Analysis of the Framing of Legal Membership Before and After 9/11”


Reginald James, Political Science and African American Studies

Research Interests: "Historical Impacts of National, State, and Local Housing Policies and Practices on African American Residents of Alameda"


Raquel Pelke, Political Science

Research Interests: "Female Legislators and the ‘War on Women'"

Joshua White, Political Science

Research Interests: “Do Democrats Prefer Teachers? Do Republicans Prefer Business Executives?: Analyzing the Effect of Ballot Occupation on Vote Choice in Low-Information Elections.”