Supporting excellence in undergraduate research.

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Support

Undergraduates in the Department of Global Development who are writing an honors thesis are eligible to apply to the Polson Institute for research support.

Support may be used to fund travel to field sites; acquire datasets; present work at a conference or workshop; prepare posters; or support publication fees. While there is no standard application form, requests for support should be submitted by the thesis advisor to polsoninstitute [at] All requests should provide a short description of the project and a budget justification and will be reviewed by the Steering Committee on a rolling basis. 

Support for the Sociology of Development Conference Attendance

Undergraduates in good academic standing and with a strong interest in research or an academic career are provided support to attend the annual Sociology of Development Conference along with faculty and graduate students from the department, including transportation and room and board. We fund the attendance of up to two undergraduate students. The annual deadline to apply is September 1st. If interested, send an email to polsoninstitute [at]