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Students Present Original Research at Walsh Conference

Erin Short's Work Nominated for Best Paper Award

June 3, 2014

Pictured from the left are Megan McDonough, Erin Short, Victoria Canby and Leah Simmons.

Pictured from the left are Megan McDonough, Erin Short, Victoria Canby and Leah Simmons.

Four Wilmington College students presented original research at the 11th annual “All Politics Is Local Conference” earlier this spring at Walsh University.

Michael Snarr, professor of political science, took the quartet to the event designed for undergraduate students with an interest in political science and international relations.

He said the conference offered an opportunity for the WC students to present research to their peers from 15 other colleges and universities from Ohio, West Virginia and New York.

“While is it a supportive environment, it is also quite stressful for students — they know they have to be prepared,” Snarr said, noting he received compliments on the quality of the Wilmington group’s presentations from students and faculty from many of the other institutions.

“Our students had practiced their presentations multiple times and, unlike many others, they presented original research,” he added. “As a result, we had students nominated for the Best Paper award each of the last two years.”

This year, Erin Short’s paper garnered a Best Paper nomination. She is a senior from Middleton majoring in political science. Her topic was “Taking the Hill: Lobbying’s Effect on Political Empowerment and Efficacy.”

Also presenting were Victoria Canby, a May graduate from Wilmington that majored in political science, “Breaking the Levy: A Qualitative Study on Why School Levies Pass or Fail”; Megan McDonough, a May graduate from Batavia that majored in international studies/political science, “A Further Understanding of Christians’ Attitudes Toward Charity”; and Leah Simmons, a May graduate from Huber Heights that majored in political science, “Offensive Political Symbols: Different Factors Leading to Intolerance.”

The four were students in Snarr’s research course. Mary Ellen Batiuk, professor of political science, advised them on the statistical analysis.