University of Mary Washington Presentation at Research Conference


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Two members of the Kappa Upsilon Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha were among the five University of Mary Washington political science students who recently presented their research papers at the Ninth Annual Virginia Political Science Student Research Conference, held at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond on April 10th.


The students and their papers are:


  • Ciara Peacock, of Roanoke, Va., "The Unheard Voices of U.S. K-12 Education Policy: No Child Left Behind and Students' Perspectives on Public Education." She is a senior at UMW majoring in political science and is a graduate of The Emma Willard School. She is a member of the UMW chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha.

  • Benjamin Hermerding, of Brainerd, Minn., "Not Your Grandpa's Parties: The Effect of Post-Materialism on American Political Parties in Virginia." He is a senior political science major and an Alvey Scholar at UMW. He is a graduate of Brainerd Senior High School. He is a member of the UMW chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha.

  • Bree Fines, of Stafford, Va., "Origins of the American Public's Perception of Chinese Military Threat." She is a junior international affairs major at UMW and a graduate of Stafford High School.

  • Jonathan Polson, of Alexandria, Va., "The Effect of Television News Consumption on Governmental Approval." He is a senior political science and journalism double major at UMW and a graduate of Bishop Ireton High School.

  • Mariah Young of Chesapeake, Va., "Do Black Lives Matter to Media?: A Quantitative Analysis of Race and Language in the Reporting of the Ferguson Protests." She is a senior political science and journalism double major at UMW and is a graduate of Great Bridge High School.


The first paper was prepared under the direction of Rosalyn Cooperman, associate professor of political science and Kappa Upsilon chapter adviser, the next three papers were prepared under the direction of Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and national president of Pi Sigma Alpha, and the final paper was prepared under the direction of Chad Murphy, assistant professor of political science at UMW.