Students are required to complete a research paper during each of their first and second years. The primary objective of summer research papers is to provide doctoral students with direct research experiences. Working under the supervision of a faculty member, each doctoral student needs to go through all the steps involved with a research project. A completed copy of the paper is due one week before the fall semester begins.
- First-year summer papers are generally replications of published research studies, though students can conduct an original study if they desire. To receive a passing grade on this project, students must conduct a full replication (i.e., run an experiment or collect data and perform any required statistical analyses); report the results as part of a complete research paper that includes a comprehensive and updated review of the relevant literature; and successfully present the paper in a 30-minute workshop.
- Second-year summer papers must be original research studies. To receive a passing grade on this project, the student 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 one-hour workshop. The second-year paper can be co-authored with the student’s faculty advisor as long as the student takes primary responsibility for the project.