Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Project Title: A Multi-State Evaluation of Extreme Risk Protection Orders: Implementation, Outcomes, and Jurisdictional Variations
Primary Faculty Member: Dr. April Zeoli
Application Deadline: April 30th (for Summer Semester) & August 15th (for Fall Semester)
Start Date: No later than May 17th (for Summer Semester) & no later than September 1 (for Fall Semester)
End Date: End of semester
Time Commitment: 9 hours per week
Able to Apply Work Hours For:  Course Credit & to fulfill Experiential Learning requirement
Contact: Dr. April Zeoli (zeoli@msu.edu)

Description of Project

In this project, we are analyzing extreme risk protection order case files from Florida. Extreme risk protection orders are civil court orders that temporarily prohibit an individual from purchasing or possessing a gun due to imminent risk of harming themself or others. The case files include police reports, witness statements, extreme risk protection order petitions and orders, and other documents. The larger 2-year project's goals are to analyze how these petitions and orders are being used and whether they are associated with reductions in violence.

Description of Duties

Students will gather data about cases from extreme risk protection order case files, entering the data into a Qualtrics survey instrument. Everything is handled electronically. Students that obtain course credit/experiential learning credit will also engage in creating a research product (such as a report or poster presentation for the undergrad research forum).

Minimum Qualifications

Students must have Junior or Senior status and a GPA of at least 3.0