The London Mentored Research Program (LMRP) provides students with the opportunity to engage in a significant research project with two political science professors, Joel Selway and Joshua Gubler, as well as earn 12–15 credit hours toward the political science and IR majors/minors. Students will help administer a major political survey (in London and other cities) on topics relating to ethnicity and nationalism. In addition, they will have the opportunity to develop their own questions in conjunction with the professors. Students will be mentored from the research design stage, through execution and administration of public opinion surveys, to statistical analysis, and finally to writing up a professional paper. Students will have the opportunity to present their paper at a national political science conference; a BYU student from a similar mentored research program in Thailand recently won the national prize for Best Undergraduate Paper at such a conference. If their papers meet professional standards of quality, students will also be invited to co-publish their paper with Selway and Gubler.
Classroom lectures will be combined with excursions around London and the surrounding area, as well as enriching day and overnight trips throughout England, and two longer trips to the West (Cornwall, Plymouth, Bath, Wales) and the North (Liverpool, Preston, York, and Scotland), that combine surveying and class-related sites. We’ve also scheduled time for independent group travel.