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Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

During the 1999-2000 academic year, the Center for Social and Economic Policy has been able to offer a number of paid Research Opportunities for Undergraduates (ROUs)  The program is an experiment designed with a few goals in mind: (1) to assist faculty with their research; (2) to test the proposition that faculty can productively and meaningfully involve undergraduates in the research process, and (3) to inspire some of UCR's best undergraduates to consider graduate work in the social sciences.

The Center obtained funding for up to ten ROU positions for the academic year, with the possibility of more in event that interest in the program was great.  So far, the following faculty-student teams have participated in the program:

Professor Azizur Khan, Economics
Jay Ghiya, Economics

Research topic:  Factors behind the success of land reforms in East Asia (Taiwan and South Korea) and the contribution of land reforms to subsequent economic growth in those countries.

Professor Steven Helfand
Alan Levenson, Economics

Direct questions about the ROU program to Richard Sutch.


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