Research Groups

Social Psychology Research Group

Established in fall 2014, the Social Psychology Research Group (SPRG) was organized by Professor Kathy Kuipers to provide students with a forum in which to discuss and get feedback on their own research from like-minded scholars. The group focuses on issues related to social psychology (status and inequality, justice, power, identity, emotions, etc.) meets every Friday morning (with donuts), and members take turns discussing their research projects.  Some participants are in the beginning stages of research design, and the group brainstorms about their projects, while others describe their data and receive input on their analysis and results.  Since there are no other social psychology faculty in the department, SPRG presents an opportunity for Dr. Kuipers and students alike to get feedback on their work, and to prepare for conference presentations or strengthen written work.  Members of the group collaborate with each other on written manuscripts for publication.

While one goal of the group is to support and encourage each other in the presentation of their work, members are also working on grant proposals to solicit funding for research projects, and for travel to present their findings at academic conferences.  SPRG is currently composed of both graduate and undergraduate students.  Chuck Harris, (Director of the SSRL) also contributes brainstorming advice to projects and research designs.  Students who are interested in participating in the group should contact Professor Kuipers (

Criminology Research Group

The mission of the Criminology Research Group (CRG) is to foster a collaborative effort between University of Montana faculty, students and outside institutions to conduct applied social science research in the broad areas within the field of criminology. From its inception, CRG has involved graduate and undergraduate students in the work and is founded upon the belief that student learning through applied research is an essential component of the learning experience at the University of Montana.

CRG has been operating since the fall of 2009 and works closely with the Social Science Research Laboratory to highlight the importance of social science research at UM. Student research internships are available for junior and senior undergraduates. If you are interested in learning more about research opportunities with CRG, please contact Professor Jackson Bunch (