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Undergraduate Research Fellows Program

LAPOP is pleased to have a program through which Vanderbilt undergraduate students can become involved with LAPOP and work with the AmericasBarometer survey data: the LAPOP Undergraduate Research Fellows Program. Click here for more information and a call for proposals. Deadlines for applications are August 1 and December 1.

Lauren Pak was selected to be the LAPOP Research Fellow for the 2015/16 academic year.

Research Fellows are encouraged to conduct original research using LAPOP data. 2014 LAPOP Undergraduate Research Fellow, Emily Stewart, presented her research to LAPOP faculty, staff, and students. Her presentation, "Public Health Services use in Latin America and the Caribbean," can be found here.  This research led to the publication of an Insights that can be found here.


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Vanderbilt students with diverse majors work as research assistants alongside LAPOP staff, faculty, and graduate students. These undergraduate research assistants assist in many different tasks involved in the public opinion research design, processing, and reporting.

This semester LAPOP is grateful to have the assistance of:



System for Online Data Analysis (SODA)

LAPOP welcomes undergraduate students at Vanderbilt and elsewhere to use AmericasBarometer survey data in research papers and other course assignments. To facilitate such use, LAPOP and its partners at the University of Costa Rica maintain a website that allows individuals to query and analyze LAPOP survey data. This System for Online Data Analysis (SODA) is free and interactive, and does not require any registration. It is particularly useful for those individuals who do not have access to or skills to use advanced statistical software programs. We have developed a handbook that provides an introduction to the data analysis capacities of the SODA.

Vanderbilt Undergraduate Involvement with LAPOP

Vanderbilt undergraduate students are working with AmericasBarometer survey data in their classes and have contributed to LAPOP’s Insights series. To see a few pictures from the poster presentations for the Spring 2015 Honors 186 class using LAPOP data, see below and click here. To read the Insights reports written by members of this class, see here and here.