Paul Gary Wyckoff, Associate Professor of Government and Director of Hamilton's Public Policy Program, has long felt that outstanding student work has all too often ended up on some professor's dusty shelf, never to be read again. His belief that work of this quality deserves to be part of the scholarly discussion in the social sciences, to be read, discussed, lauded, and critiqued, led him to create Insights. His goal is that Insights will publish the best in undergraduate social science research, in print form and via the Internet. Insights is both written and edited by undergraduate students. Professor Wyckoff solicits papers from both professors and students, and has hashed out guidelines to help referees sort out the papers that were merely good from those which were exceptional.
The journal welcomes all types of social science writing, including historical analyses, policy proposals, critiques of previous research, statistical analyses, and case studies. Submissions are accepted in the fall for the spring issue.
Each year, the editors vote on which paper is the best of all those submitted. The author of the winning paper is awarded the $200 Levitt Prize in Social Science Writing.