Law and Order SVU and Gender Based Violence Experimental Design Project

Faculty Name:
Devon Cantwell

Political Science

Faculty College:
Social & Behavioral Science


Project Description:

This project will involve a graduate student in the Department of Social Work, Kwynn Gonzales-Pons, as well as work with an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University, Corrine Schwartz. In this project, we will be designing an RCT experiment which will assign students to one of two trainings: the traditional bystander intervention training as required by SB 134 and clips of Law and Order SVU with guided discussion questions. Attitudes on gender-based violence will be measured with surveys before and after.

Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis; Earn independent study credit

Student Role:

IRB application work, content analysis of SVU episodes, pilot testing of the experiment, experiment implementation, data analysis, manuscript writing, publication

Student Benefits:

Co-authorship for conference presentations and publication. We are also in the process of applying for grants. If we receive them, we will also provide compensation.

Project Duration:

3-5 hours per week; 1 year expected duration

Minimum Requirements:

Passion for doing work on gender-based violence