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Spring 2016 Winners at the Undergraduate Research Symposium

SPA Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Ninth Annual SPA Undergraduate Research Symposium provides a forum for undergraduate students to present their original scholarly and creative work before colleagues, friends, and faculty. A “Best of” Award will be determined and handed out for each session, which will include recognition at the annual SPA Awards Ceremony. The symposium will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in MGC 2-5.

The symposium is open to all levels of undergraduate students, from freshmen to seniors. To apply, you need to have taken or be currently enrolled in an SPA course during AY 2016-2017. Students from CAS, KSB, SIS, and SOC are welcome to present their work if it was done for an SPA course. Please be aware that the symposium uses the term “research” to include creative and performance work as well as formal research.

The deadline for proposal submission is the close of business Friday, March 10th. You can apply as a group or as an individual by registering online. You will be asked to identify your SPA faculty sponsor and submit a project description/abstract (1000 character limit) of your research project as part of the proposal.

If you are joining us from off campus, you will find helpful information for your visit at www.american.edu/maps.

Please email aupublicaffairs@american.edu if you have any questions.

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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