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BYU undergraduates present at the Midwest Political Science Association

Political science students Soren Schmidt and Matthew Young along with international relations student Taylor Rawson stand at their booth at the 2015 Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA).

Political science students Soren Schmidt and Matthew Young, along with international relations student Taylor Rawson stand at their booth at the 2015 Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) in Chicago.

Earlier this year, BYU political science students were invited to to Chicago to present at the annual Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), networking with other students as well as world experts in social science topics.

Soren Schmidt, a senior studying political science, was involved in research regarding India’s perception and public opinion of the United States. His project was entitled, “Simple Information in India: How Much Can It Impact Opinions and Behavior?” Mentored by Professor Darren Hawkins, Schmidt found that when presented with simple fact about Indian-US relations, Indians’ attitudes about the US remained unchanged.

After presenting his findings and speaking with both students and field experts, Schmidt commented that, “The interest in and scrutiny of my project were both flattering and grueling … I received many suggestions for improvement and enough ideas for follow-up research to keep me busy for a long time.”

As an undergraduate political science student, Matthew Young’s presentation was also met with both praise and guidance. He got connected with both Ph.D. students and professors from other prestigious universities such as Harvard University who gave him encouragement and direction on furthering his education and research.

Young was grateful to represent BYU at the conference and noted that many people recognize the hard work of undergraduates at BYU.

“[As] I presented people made comments about how they are always impressed with BYU students research and the opportunities that are provided to underclassmen at BYU, since most presenting at the conference are undergraduate seniors or graduate students,” Young said.

Also attending the MPSA conference were BYU international relations students Bryonna Bowen and Taylor Rawson, as well as the recently-graduated political science student Geoffrey Cannon.

MPSA gave these students a chance to grow their network and gain valuable experience outside the classroom, not just presenting, but getting to know others in their field of interest and get guidance for the future.

“It has been one of the single most relevant and helpful experiences I’ve had in my time as a student because it gave me both purpose, experience and valuable direction for the future,” Schmidt said.

Mary L. Fulton Conference awards student research

Political science student Michael Sean T. Covey presenting his research "JD, Businessman, Doctor? The Influence of Educational and Occupational Backgrounds on Legislative Effectiveness."

Political science student Michael Sean T. Covey presenting his research “JD, Businessman, Doctor? The Influence of Educational and Occupational Backgrounds on Legislative Effectiveness.” Photo credit: Austin Elliott

Morgan Williams presenting her research "Political Messaging on Social Media: Facebook campaigning and political silos"

Political Science student Morgan Williams presenting her research “Political Messaging on Social Media: Facebook campaigning and political silos” to Professor Kelly Patterson. Photo credit: Austin Elliott

Students walk around the Mary L. Fulton Conference. Research is separated by topic. Photo credit: Austin Elliott

Students walk around the Mary L. Fulton Conference. Research is separated by topic. Photo credit: Austin Elliott

 

Last month, students from BYU’s College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences participated in a mentored student research conference. Spotlighting student research since 2004, the conference is sponsored by the Mary Lou Fulton chair and is held in BYU’s Wilkinson Center Ballroom.

Students summarize and present their results on posters which they present to the various visitors who come to the conference. There were over 250 posters in this years conference, and winners who are selected from the various topics are given some monetary award.

Two political science students, Matthew Beck and Tyler Simms, won awards from BYU’s Charles Redd Center.

Congratulations to the winners and presenters!

Winners from Political Science (undergraduate):

1st place: Alejandra Gimenez, Joshua Cooper (David Magleby), The Effect of Information in Supporting an Increase in the Federal Minimum Wage

2nd place: Eliza Campbell, Emily Tanner, Daehyeon Kim (Darren Hawkins), Neighbors Across Borders: Improving Support for Muslim Refugees in the United States

3rd place: Alex Miller (Celeste Beesley), Tweeting Terrorism: An Analysis of Female ISIS Twitter Postings and Current ISIS Recruitment Theories

Honorable Mention: John Griffith (Chris Karpowitz), Who Deserves Coverage?: Determining Utahns’ Ideal Medicaid Recipient

Redd Center winners:

1st place: Matthew Beck (Adam Brown), WRESTLING ELEPHANTS, TANGLING TUSKS: Understanding the Rift among Utah Republicans

3rd place: Tyler Simms (David Magleby), War Wary? Not in Utah

Political science student presenters:

Alejandra Gimenez: The Effect of Information in Supporting an Increase in the Federal Minimum Wage and Who Ran Where?: The Effects of a Recruitment and Mobilization Experiment on Caucus Meeting Dynamics with Professor Quin Monson

Blaine Hansen: How To Win A Donor with Prof. Jay Goodliffe

Eliza Campbell: Neighbors Across Borders: Improving Support for Muslim Refugees in the United States with Prof. Darren Hawkins

Geoffrey Edwards Cannon:  Controversial Political Figures, Party Affiliation, and Religion with Dr. David Magleby

Hayden Galloway: Ideological Movement in House Party Leadership: A Difference in Differences Model with Prof. Michael Barber

James Martherus: Can Positive Images of an Outgroup Induce Attitude Change? with Prof. Quin Monson

John Griffith: Who Deserves Coverage?: Determining Utahns’ Ideal Medicaid Recipient with Prof. Chris Karpowitz

Jordyn Enos: When Should the FBI Trust a Prisoner? with Prof. Jay Goodliffe

Katherine Westmoreland: Reducing the Costs of Voting: A Voter Turnout Experiment with Prof. Chris Karpowitz

Matthew Beck: WRESTLING ELEPHANTS, TANGLING TUSKS: Understanding the Rift among Utah Republicans with Prof. Adam Brown

McKenna Westra: Voting Preferences of Baby Boomers in the 2014 Utah Midterm Election with Dr. David Magleby

Megan Conrad Tingey: Days for Girls: Establishing Linkages Between Menstrual Management and Confidence and Participation  with Prof. Dan Nielson

Michael Sean T. Covey: JD, Businessman, Doctor? The Influence of Educational and Occupational Backgrounds on Legislative Effectiveness with Prof. Michael Barber

Morgan Williams: Political Messaging on Social Media: Facebook campaigning and political silos with Prof. Jeremy Pope and The Future of Ballot Casting: Utah voters openness to casting their ballot online with Dr. David Magleby

Sean Stephenson: Legislator Responsiveness, Age, and Internet Proficiency with Prof. Michael Barber and Incumbent-Challenger Game with Jay Goodliffe

Sierra Davis: Clinton and Obama: From Combatants to Colleagues: Signaling Strategies in the 2008 Post-Primary Cabinet Appointments with Jay Goodliffe

Soren J. Schmidt: Simple Information in India: How Much Can It Impact Opinions and Behavior? with Prof. Darren Hawkins

Tai Gray: Counterterrorism in Autocratic and Democratic Governments with Prof. Celeste Beesley

Tyler Simms: Do Donors Become More Partisan and Ideological? with Prof. Jay Goodliffe and War Wary? Not in Utah with Dr. David Magleby

Click here to see full list of winners.