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SPA Undergraduate Research Symposium

The 10th 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 25, 2018. Location is Kerwin Hall.

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 2017-2018. 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.

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

Spring 2018 Awardees

Policy & Inclusion:
Brandan Persaud                                          
Faculty Sponsor: Profs. J. Palmer & J. Gan
Strategies for Inclusive Sex Education for the LGBTQ+ Community

Political Theory:
Lise Moutier
Faculty Sponsor: Prof. A. Levine
French Post-War Philosophers on America - Tales of Ambivalent Fascinations and Passionate Anti-Americanism

International Organizations: (tie)
Morgan Harris
Faculty Sponsor: Profs. K. Cowell-Meyers & B. Davies
An Examination of the European Union's Use of Lawfare Since 2001

Alex Psilakis
Faculty Sponsor: Profs. K. Cowell-Meyers, M. Egan, & G. Martin
Confronting A False Hope: The Rise of Illiberal Democracy in Central-Eastern Europe

Political Conflict: (tie)
Lauren Beeslee
Faculty Sponsor: Prof. K. Cowell-Meyers & Prof. S. Glover
Women's Economic Empowerment and Political Participation: The Case of Post-Conflict West Africa

Aaron Torop
Faculty Sponsor: Prof. K. Cowell-Meyers & Prof. E. Suhay
Religious or Not, Here They Come: Evangelical Identity and the Culture War in the 2016 US Presidential Election

Policing & the Justice System:
Kyra Paul-Fowler
Faculty Sponsor: Prof. K. Cowell-Meyers & Prof. R. Johnson
Trapped in Punitive Patterns? Understanding State Differences in Juvenile Transfer Rates

Increasing Access to Healthy Food for Low-Income Teens in DC: A Community-Based Research Project
Laura Toner, Harrison Eichelberger, & Randhika Aturaliya
Faculty Sponsor: Jane Palmer
YouthBuild Focus Group Results

Framing the Problem of Hunger: Barriers & Opportunities to Improve SNAP: A Community-Based Research Project
Jared Bedell, Mary Jane Builes, Megan Ross, Caroline Kish, & Michaila Peters
Faculty Sponsor: Prof. Graddy-Lovelace
The Elderly Simplified Application