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Spring 2016 Winners at the Undergraduate Research Symposium

SPA Undergraduate Research Symposium

The School of Public Affairs held the 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Wednesday April 20, 2016. The symposium provides undergraduates the opportunity to present their original and scholarly work before their colleagues, faculty and staff. This year 39 undergraduates from all levels combined for a total of 33 presentations and posters.

Spring 2016 Awardees

Best Presentation: Education Policy (first session)

Deep Dhaliwal, sophomore, Community-Based Research Scholar, CLEG major

“Student’s Experiences at a DC Public Charter School: A Program Evaluation”

Faculty Advisor: Professor Jane Palmer

Best Presentation: Justice and the Law

Vivian Hagerty, senior, Homeland and National Security Studies major

“Terrorist Divorce: Examining Alliance Break-Ups and the Al Qaeda/ISIL Split”

Faculty Advisor: Professor Tricia Bacon

Best Presentation: Historical and Cultural Inquiry

Lexi Ivers, sophomore, Law & Society major

“Shades of Equality: The Constitution as a Pro-Slavery Document”

Faculty Advisor: Professor Douglas Klusmeyer

Best Poster

Jasmine Nadim, sophomore, Economics major

“America’s Largest Desert: The Economics of Food Deserts”

Faculty Advisor: Professor Anthony Miller

Best Presentation: Education Policy (second session)

  • Shyheim Snead, sophomore, Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholar, Political Science major
  • Carly Mitchell, freshman, Community-Based Research Scholar, computer science major
  • Brandan Persaud, sophomore, Community-Based Research Scholar, CLEG major

“The Impact of a Residential Program on the Lives of Urban Public Charter School Students: Quantitative Results”

Faculty Advisor: Professor Jane Palmer

Best Presentation: Public Policy and Social Movements

Matthew Waskiewicz, senior, Political Science major

“Agritourism as a Driver of Peri-Urban Economic Development”

Faculty Advisors: Professor Kimberly Cowell-Meyers and Professor Seth Gershenson

Best Presentation: American Politics

Brian Hamel, senior, Political Science major

“Using Electoral Loss to Understand Contribution Motivations”

Faculty Advisors: Professor Kimberly Cowell-Meyers and Professor Jan Leighley

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