The Civil Grand Jury Research will serve as the experience for students to engage in the lifecycle of research.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Radial cluster diagram of Research's Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.
Radial cluster diagram of Research’s Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.

Individuals who conduct Research will acquire the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge gained includes the lifecycle of research, which features the following: formal modeling, qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis, conducting literature reviews, drafting manuscripts, presenting research in academic and public settings, submitting manuscripts to journal editors, and revising and resubmitting manuscripts based on feedback from peer reviewers.
  • Skills developed include proficiency in using introductory formal modeling, qualitative analysis, and quantitative analysis, writing literature reviews, and preparing manuscripts individually and collaboratively.
  • Abilities obtained include the capacity to discern credible and non-credible data sources and objects, capacity to differentiate between research methods, capacity to actively engage and contribute to the production of original scholarship.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of Research, you will be able to:

  • Remember the lifecycle of research.
  • Understand how lifecycle of research is a non-linear process.
  • Apply different parts of the lifecycle of research to general and specific research questions.
  • Analyze how the lifecycle of research encompasses opportunities and challenges at the individual and group level.
  • Evaluate how the parts of the lifecycle of research are independent, dependent, and interdependent to other parts.
  • Create an original case study of a California county civil grand jury.


  • Formal models of utility maximization, decision theoretic, and strategic interaction of civil grand juries, local governments, and voters.
  • Qualitative analysis of civil grand juries in forms of case studies, comparative case studies, and process tracing.
  • Quantitative analysis of civil grand juries’ findings and reports using statistics and econometrics models.
  • Presentations at professional and academic conferences.
  • Manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.

Related Working Papers


  • Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR), Saturday, November 20, 2021.
  • Undergraduate Research Week, April 18-22, 2022
  • Undergraduate Research Week, April 17-21, 2023
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