Call for Master’s Research Program: Policy Research Laboratory Spring 2022

The Master’s Research Program (MRP) within the Policy Research Laboratory is designed to help graduate students engage in coauthor level policy research. As a member of the MRP you will work with professors to learn many of the skills to help you succeed in academia or government research. Your time will be split between working on your own project and managing undergraduate PRL researchers on a group project.

As part of the program MRP students will learn:

  1. How to code in Python and R or advance their data science/numerical methods coding skills in these
    or other coding languages as their projects may require.
  2. To manage small group of undergraduate students and to oversee a research project.
  3. How to read and analyze an academic journal argument for the way it’s written and its structure (intro,
    findings, etc.).
  4. Advanced machine learning, game theory, and econometrics techniques to approach policy problems.

For more information visit the Policy Research Laboratory website.

Example Data/Research Projects

For examples of our research you can see some of it at the Salem Center Research page.

COVID-19 Data Work

Many research assistants have studied the many facets of policy responses to COVID-19. The mission of this project is to gather information about large areas of economic activity and public health in Texas in order to make policy recommendations about re-opening the economy with the trade-offs of public health (i.e. currently COVID-19) in mind. We started with Austin, then have expanded to the rest of the state, as well as other national indicators. To see the current state of our research, see the Salem Center’s COVID-19 Site.

Cybersecurity Policy Program

By first understanding the behavioral consequences of policy changes in cyberspace, we are better able to defend and understand the increasingly connected world in which we live. We have studied the effects of Section 230, net neutrality, legalization/banning of Huawei, hackbacks, and other cyber-policies on the economy.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for this job/research opportunity, please email the following to both Taylor Canann
( and David Puelz (

• Cover letter of why you would want to join the program.
• CV/Resume
• If you have previous research, you may include one sample or link to your website/data blog.
DEADLINE: 11/19/2021