International Public Opinion Lab (IPOL)

Inaugurated in August of 2019, the International Public Opinion Lab (IPOL), provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to conduct research on areas of public opinion.

Headed by Professor Timothy S. Rich, the lab not only analyzes existing public opinion survey research, but also produces original survey data through assistance from internal and external grants. While much of the lab’s research focuses on East Asia, the lab also conducts projects involving other regions, cross-national research, and American perceptions of international affairs. The lab also coordinates projects involving current students with alumni as well as faculty and students at our exchange programs.

Interested students must apply for the International Public Opinion Lab.

Students are expected to:

a) have a minimum 3.2 GPA;

b) have taken or plan to take PS301 (Research Methods) or an equivalent course;

c) collaborate in a timely manner with Professor Rich and other students on projects over the course of the academic year;

d) present at regional, national, or international conferences if funding allows

Undergraduates are expected to apply for funding via the Faculty-Undergraduate Student Engagement (FUSE) program.

For more information, contact Professor Rich at timothy.rich@wku.edu