Honors program

Honors Students’ Research Draws Notable Observers

April poster session
Adam Kuegler (left) discusses his research with President Herbst

Every spring the POLS Honors Program – currently under the direction of Alan Bennett Honors Professor Jennifer Sterling-Folker – hosts a poster session and reception to celebrate the research projects and theses undertaken by its honors students during the past academic year. Nicknamed “REPS” (Research Excellence in Political Science), the event is typically held concurrently with Frontiers of Undergraduate Research, a university-wide display of student scholarship.

This year’s April poster session attracted its largest crowd ever to the fourth floor of Oak Hall. Visitors included political scientists from the President’s office (President Herbst herself was there), the Dean’s office (Associate Dean Cyrus Zirakzadeh) and the Center for Undergraduate Education (Jennifer Lease Butts and Vin Moscardelli).

There were 28 projects in all featured at the 2017 REPS. The list of research projects included: “Patchwork Solidarity: Organized Labor within Latin America’s Garment Industry” (Christopher Raymond); “‘Reel’ Police, Prosecutors, and Portrayals of the Use of Force: Assessing Law & Order: SVU” (Amy Saji); “Problematic Frames: The Perception of Muslim vs Non-Muslim American Terrorists in US Media” (Madiha Shafqat); “Pollution, Resistance, and Representation in Latin American Cities” (Emily Steck); “The Politics of Remembering: Race & Gender in Women of Color Nursing Representations” (Dacia Walcott); “Extremist Headhunting: How the Islamic State Radicalizes/Recruits Members Through Twitter” (Mairead Loschi); “Representing America: Citizens Impacted by Descriptive Representation in Congress” (Evelyn Luchs); “Young Women’s Expectations and Preferences During the 2016 Democratic Primaries” (Emma Morelli); “Violence Against Women & Girls: Evidence for the Normative Gap Between Rhetoric & Law” (Susan Naseri); “Running Comes Before Winning: Explaining the Gender Gap in State Legislatures” (Marissa Piccolo); “Spiritual Social Justice: A Comparative Study of Religious Political Activism Same-Sex Marriage” (Erin Puglia) “The Impact of Organizational Affiliation on Contributions to Super PACs” (Kyle Adams) “Gender in Politics: Super PAC Donors and Contribution Behavior” (Van Augur) “Stigmatized: A Study of Refugee and Economic Migrant Integration in French Politics & Culture” (Lucas Bladen); “The Personal is Political: Gender and Political Ambition in College Students” (Caitlin Briody); “Seize the Memes of Production! Marxist Theory & Discourse Through Internet Memes” (Sebastian Chamorro); “The Criminal Court System & Campus Sexual Assault” (Eliza Conrad); “I Wish I Wasn’t in Dixie: Early Voting Restrictions & Black Turnout in North Carolina” (Carl Costa); “Corporate & Citizen Trust of US Government Surveillance in National Security” (Shea Flanagan); “The Polarization of Voting Laws” (William Fricke); “Analyzing Partisanship of Bush vs. Obama Supreme Court Appointees” (Blake Giosa); “A Means to an End: How Lobbyists Form Relationships with CT State Legislature Staff” (Lindsey Heiman); “Invisible Americans: A Legal History of Non-Citizen Nationality and U.S. Empire” (Maye Henning); “Filling the Basket of Deplorables? Donald Trump’s Victory in 2016 Republican Primary” (Peter Hopko) “Democratization Debunked: A Realist Analysis of US Democratization in Bosnia and Iraq” (Ryan Kauer); “Examining the Impact of Women in Local Governance, Social Programs and Female Empowerment in the Asia- Pacific” (Rebecca Kaufman); “Don’t Steal My Seat! Incumbent Vulnerability in U.S. House Elections” (Adam Kuegler); and “Shifting Tectonics: State and Civilian Responses to Secularism in Bangladesh” (Rubayet Lasker).