Cornell has a long tradition of meaningful student-faculty research in the sciences. Faculty members approach these projects as mentors in a collaborative, educational process, generally working with no more than two students at a time. The McWethy Program seeks to extend this strength to the social sciences and, to this end, has funded student summer research in the areas of public policy and economics. To obtain McWethy Program support for student-faculty research, students need to complete an application and follow funding guidelines.


Undergraduate Research

Chelsea Korpanty '11 researched the effects of public policy on coral reefs

Under the direction of Professor Ben Greenstein (Geology), Chelsea Korpanty analyzed both coral samples and local public policy enacted to conserve coral reefs on Curacao to determine whether efforts to conserve the modern reefs adjacent to Curacao have thus far been effective. Her meticulous research has shown that not only are the intended consequences of the legislation absent, the unintended consequences are detrimental to reef stability.

Undergraduate Research Experiences Previously Supported by the McWethy Program

  • The Arc of Campaign Messages: Studying Campaign Messages Using Congressional Campaign Email Updates During the 2012 Congressional Elections
    Research undertaken by Kelly Oeltjenbruns under the direction of Professor Hans Hassell (Politics and Public Policy)
  • Labor Markets of the Eighteenth Century East India Company
    Research completed by Alison Scharmota under the direction of Professor Santhi Hejeebu (Economics and Business)
  • Markets and Social Networks
    Research completed by Baiyang Huang under the direction of Professor Santhi Hejeebu (Economics and Business)
  • Judicial Responses to Human Rights Violations in Latin America
    Research completed by Chris Stadler under the direction of Professor David Yaminishi (Politics)
  • An Oral History of Reproductive Policy in Iowa
    Research completed by Kelly Siglin and Ariel Glasman under the direction of Professor Anne Busha (Psychology)

To learn more about student-faculty summer research opportunities supported by the McWethy Program,
contact the McWethy Program Associate Director.