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National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and the Complex Social Interactions Lab at Washington State University are pleased to offer paid summer research internships through our NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program where students have the opportunity to study police and race using body-worn camera footage. Students will gain hands on experience working with data and using software like Excel, Access, and R-Studio.


Program Dates: June 3, 2024 through August 2, 2024

Dr, David Makin and Hanna Ro, Discussion
Dr. David Makin and Hanna Ro (student)
This 9-week summer program provides hands on research experience. The research experience includes professional development seminars, social activities, networking, and presenting at the WSU Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium.

Who should apply to this REU?

  • Students from any major who are interested in studying race and policing.
  • No prior experience with criminal justice research required
  • Must have completed a research methods course


  • Must be enrolled in an Undergraduate Program. Graduating in either Fall 2024 or Spring 2025.
  • Must be a current student who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Required to pass a criminal history check
  • Submit fingerprints to FBI database
  • Complete level 2 Security Awareness Training Certificate
  • Sign a confidentially agreement

Application Due:

March 1, 2024

*Please contact Dale Willits ( with issues for Apply link.

Potential Research Areas:

  • Policy Adherence
  • Community Engagement
  • Differential Treatment
  • Crisis Intervention

Program Benefits & Application Details (Participation Includes):

  • On-Campus Housing
  • Food Budget
  • Travel to and from Pullman, WA.
  • Stipend: $5400

For general inquiries, please email:

Dr. Dale Willits
David Makin, smiling
Dr, David Makin