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The Department of Philosophy and Religion provides a number of avenues for students to participate in research. Many department faculty invite undergraduates to collaborate with them on their projects. This can be arranged for credit or to be noted on the student’s transcript (research internship). It can sometimes be paid through work study or grant funding. Students can participate in Department working groups that often result in spin off collaborative or independent research projects. Students can apply for funding for their own research here and here. The Department offers support for students to present their research at conferences.

Student-Faculty Working Groups

The Democracy and Social Choice Group studies issues at the intersection of social choice theory and democratic practice. The focus of the group is the way in which democratic processes aggregate citizen preferences to reach decisions in elections and referendum. The group reads fundamental research on social choice and democratic theory, it studies actual cases and systems of democratic decisions making, and it explores alternative social choice mechanisms by developing and implementing different preference solicitation and aggregation approaches. More information about the group can be found here – https://socialchoice.nuphilosophy.com/.

The Rossetti Research Group was founded in Spring 2018 as part of the Rossetti Family Program for the Advancement of the Humanities. This group provides students from all disciplines the opportunity to work closely with faculty in studying topics within the humanities and social sciences. The aim of this group is to facilitate in-depth student projects on ideas and influential thinkers that they may not be exposed to otherwise. Each term the Rossetti Research Group selects a new topic to provide the focus for reading group meetings, student research projects and discussion groups. Research topics will be of interest to students in many disciplines ranging from philosophy to economics to mathematics and the natural sciences. Students from any discipline are encouraged to join the group. If you are interested in joining this group, or have any questions about it, inquiries should be directed to Rory Smead, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Rossetti Professor for the Humanities.

The AI and Data Ethics Group provides faculty and students from all disciplines the opportunity to study and discuss emerging issues and current research related to information, data, computing and AI ethics. Topics, readings and speakers are decided upon by members of the group on an ongoing basis. Examples of topics include justice and fairness in machine learning, the form and extent of rights to information and technology access, the appropriate roles of institutions to prevent dissemination of misinformation, the responsible collection and sharing of data, AI research oversight models, and the moral status of artificial intelligences. The group also aims to encourage and develop information ethics research projects and collaborations by its members. Students and faculty from any discipline are encouraged to join. If you are interested in joining this group, or have any questions about it, inquiries should be directed to John Basl, Associate Professor of Philosophy.

Research Assistants

Myraeka d’Leeuwen, Research Assistant, Summer 2019

Research Assistant for Professor Smead

 

Julian Zucker, Research Assistant, Summer 2019

Research Assistant for Professor Smead

 

Danny Rassaby, Research Assistant, Summer 2019

Research Assistant for Professor Smead

 

Sam Haas, Research Assistant, Spring 2019

Research Assistant for Professor Parekh

Francesca Claude Jacaranda Batault, Research Assistant, Fall 2018

Research Assistant for Professor Parekh

 

Liam Quinn, Research Assistant, 2017-2018

Research Assistant for Professor Basl

Kendall Trelegan, Research Assistant, 2017

Research Assistant for Professor Weagraff

 

Ha Eun Kim, Research Assistant, Fall 2017

Research Assistant for Professor Illingworth

 

Rebecca Reeves, Research Assistant, Fall 2017

Research Assistant for Professor Bucar

 

Meghan Murphy, Research Assistant, Fall 2017

Research Assistant for Professor Bucar

 

Jacob Wilkinson, Research Assistant, Fall 2017

Research Assistant for Professor Bucar

 

Kathryn Erwin, Research Assistant, Fall 2017

Research Assistant for Professor Winborne