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Student Presents Research at Aloha State Conference

Seda Kirdar, SIS/MA '09, presented at the Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences. Photo courtesy of Seda Kirdar.

Seda Kirdar, SIS/MA '09, presented at the Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences. Photo courtesy of Seda Kirdar.

Seda Kirdar, SIS/ MA ‘09, traveled to Oahu, Hawaii to present at the 8th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences.

The International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) student presented her paper, “Conflict Resolution in Georgia: An Analysis Applying the Intractable Conflict Theory and the Governmental Politics Model,” at the event, held the first week of June.

Kirdar, who graduated in December 2009, received an IPCR Student Travel Grant to help offset her travel costs. The IPCR Program awards up to ten $250 travel grants each year to support students attending or presenting at conferences.

The conference brought together over 250 academics and professionals from a variety of fields to present on topics ranging from history and public policy to psychology and sociology.
“Those in attendance brought with them a passion for interdisciplinary debate and exchange along with the cutting edge scholarship in which they were engaged,” Kirdar said.

The conference not only offered the opportunity to meet, engage, and collaborate with leading scholars in wide range of fields, but also provided a welcoming environment, especially for a first time presenter.

“Prior to the conference I was apprehensive and nervous,” said Kirdar. “However, the panel was both intellectually engaging but also casual and inviting to someone new to such an event.” 

Kirdar said the conference was a success and proved to be a worthwhile experience.

“The experience, feedback and constructive criticism that I received from this conference has undoubtedly enhanced my intellectual projects and has broadened my perspectives on my current research,” she said.

This article was originally published in the September/October 2009 IPCR Newsletter.