You will be required to complete a research paper during the summer after your first and second years in the doctoral program. The primary objective of summer research papers is to provide you with direct research experiences. Working under the supervision of a faculty member, you will complete all the steps involved in an academic research project.
First-year summer papers are generally replications of published research studies, though occasionally original studies are completed. To receive a passing grade on this project, you must conduct a full replication, report the results as part of a complete research paper that includes an updated review of the relevant literature, and successfully present the paper in a workshop.
Second-year summer papers must be original research studies. To receive a passing grade on this project, you must conduct an original study, report the results of the study as part of a complete research paper of sufficient quality to be submitted to an AAA section meeting, and successfully present the paper in a workshop. The second-year paper can be co-authored with faculty advisors as long as you take primary responsibility for the project.