Twenty-six graduate and undergraduate students from the Department of Politics and Government presented their research at the 2016 annual University Research Symposium on Friday, April 8, at the Bone Student Center. Their work touched on such topics as same sex marriage, international law, tourism and poverty, minimum wage, direct democracy, and Syrian refugees.

Individual presenters were undergraduates Keith Caquelin, Frank Cassata, Joseph Conroy, Hannah Mathes and graduates Nicholas Canfield, Kelsie Diaz, Caleb Griffin, Jessica Linder, Kirk Richardson, and Taryn Butler. Group presenters were undergraduates Tyler Carter, Stephen DeMay, Daniel Giron, Ryann Hemphill, Brendon Hennessy, Deanna Horton, Viora Ibishi, Patrick Jennrich, Ramona Khachi, Maida Ljuscic, Darby Martinez, Kyle Matus, James Neiweem, Brandon Swiderski, and Emil Vilasanta, and graduate Bethan Owen. Faculty mentors were Drs. Michaelene Cox, Kerri Milita, Carl Palmer, and T.Y. Wang.

The annual event was organized by Illinois State’s Graduate School, which provided a forum for students to showcase their research. More than 500 graduate and undergraduate students participated in the event.

View more photos from the event on the Department of Politics and Government Facebook page.