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MPP Students Accepted for Conferences

  • 2016 Western Political Science Association Annual Conference

    • Nestor Veloz-Passalacqua "Applying Intersectional Policy Design to the Native American Experience: An Analysis of Land Rights and Policy Design"
    • Seth Neumann, "E-Commerce: A Case Study of San Luis Obispo"
  • 2015 Western Political Science Association Annual Conference

    • Sheila M., "U.S. Anti-Poverty Policy Failure: A Policy Evaluation"
    • Sydney T., "The Reality of Equity in a TWI Settingː A Case Study of Parental Power Dynamics"
       
  • 2014 Western Political Science Association Annual Conference

    • Annie A., "Institutionalized California Colonialism: Assessing Social Movements Outcome in Environmental Racism and California Policymaking"
    • Adria A., "Host and Initiating Agencies of U.S. Food Policy Councils"
    • Christina L., "A Stakeholder Assessment of the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act"
    • Stephen S., "Community Building, Political Efficacy, and Adolescents at the California Conservation Corps"
    • Jill V., "The Actual and Perceived Barriers of Sexual Victimization of Undergraduate Women at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo"
       

Congratulations to MPP student, Bryan Pride ('14) who represented the College of Liberal Arts in the 25th Annual CSU Research Competition at CSU East Bay in Hayward, CA on May 3rd.  Bryan competed in the graduate student category of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  His presentation was based on an independent study project he embarked on with Professor Shelley L. Hurt.  The project is entitled, "Becoming Food Secure: How Corporate Farms Create Food Insecure Communities in Developing Countries."  The entire department of Political Science is extremely proud of Bryan's accomplishment.

MPP Student, Annie Aguiniga ('15), is featured in an online magazine BCA FYI that features recent business news.  Check it out here!

Congratulations to MPP student, Matthew Durham, who has been selected as the 157th Franklin Fellow in the U.S. Department of State.  Matthew is serves in the Foreign Affairs Office and as a Technical & Policy Advisor with the State Department's Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance within the Office of Verfication & Transparency Technologies.  The prestigious Franklin Fellowship allows Matthew to spend time in the Washington, DC area in this public service role.

Congratulations to MPP student, Bryan Pride, who has been accepted to the summer 2013 internship program with The Washington Center!!  Bryan plans on working in the area of international environmental policy, particularly global air pollution and climate change, while in Washington, DC. For more information about the terrific graduate internship opportunities provided by The Washington Center, please click here.

MPP Students Accepted for Conferences in 2012-2013

  • 2013 Western Political Science Association Annual Conference - Read more

    MPP Students at 2013 WPSA Conference

    • Llanee A. "Demographics and Group Composition: The Effects of Social Learning on Hate Crime Perceptions"
    • Emily L. "Investigating the Impacts of Incentives on Consumption: Paper, Plastic or Reusable?"
    • Taylor R. "Urban Displacement in Gentrifying Neighborhoods: A Statistical Analysis of New York City's Housing Characteristics"
    • Melissa S. "Legislative Barriers to Wetland Policy Reform in California"
    • Meagan W. "Assessing the Effectiveness of the Williamson Act on Farmland Preservation in California"
       

In Preparation for the 2013 Western Political Science Association conference, the MPP and POLS faculty and students came together for a workshop about academic conferences on Tuesday, March 5th as part of the POLS Department's "How Does It Work?" series.

As part of the workshop, Dr. Craig Arceneaux, Dr. Shelley Hurt, Dr. Mike Latner, Dr. Elizabeth Lowham, and Dr. Derek Reiners shared their perspectives on conferences, their experiences with them, and offered practical advice to students who are participating in or interested in attending a conference.

This 90-minute workshop involved several presentations, including a detailed overview by Dr. Arceneaux, and some constructive suggestions for success from Dr. Hurt.  It also included a terrific presentation from MPP student Llanee Anderson, who will be presenting a paper at the Western Political Science Association's annual meeting in March. Llanee presented her research on hate crimes to a mock panel consisting of faculty members, Dr. Lowham and Dr. Latner.  The panel provided feedback on Llanee's presentation and offered suggestions and ideas for improvement before the 2013 Western Political Science Association Annual Conference.  Great job, Llanee!

MPP Students Accepted for Conferences

  • 2012 Midwestern Political Science Conference

    • April W. "Electric Town Hall"
    • Liz M. "Does Collaborative Decision Making Lead to Improved Outcomes?"
       
  • 2012 Western Political Science Conference

    • Torrance H. "Post 911 Senate Voting Motivations on Intelligence Spending"
  • 2011 Midwestern Political Science Conference

    Students at Midwest Conference
    • Cheryl H. "The Architecture of Beliefs"
    • Cecilia M. "Do Extra-curriculars Matter?"
    • Tina S. "Predicting Teenage Pregnancy Rates"
    • Casey W. "Are School Boards Democratic Duds?"
       
  • 2010 Western Political Science Conference

    • Jesse H. (2009) “Communities, Contamination and Influence: Participation and Empowerment in Brownfield Redevelopment”
    • Charlotte L. (2010) “Political Environment vs. Policy Entrepreneur: Conditions Impacting the Success of Local Brownfield Programs in Two Metropolitan Areas of California”
    • Chris L. (2010) “Provincial Reconstruction Teams and their Effectiveness on Stability Operations in Afghanistan” as part of a panel on External Involvement in Conflicts.

Awards

  • MPP Student Academic Excellence: Cecilia M. (2011); Liz M. (2012)
  • MPP Student Outstanding Service: Cheryl H. (2011); Chris H. (2012)
  • MPP Outstanding Paper: Arthur G (2010); Brandi H. and Erica J. (2011); Sarah S. (2012)
  • MPP Outstanding 590 Project: Wes S. (2012)
  • Clucas Award: Torrance H. (2011); Emily L. and Sarah S. (2012)
  • Best Comprehensive Exam: Cheryl H. (2011); Liz M. (2012)

Internships​

  • Students at Midwest Conference Justin F. (2010) is working with the City of San Luis Obispo in the Utilities Conservation Department. Justin’s work involves updating city codes about water efficient landscape standards as directed by State Law AB 1881.
  • Monica C. (2010) interned with the Association of California School Administrators under Brett McFadden during summer 2009. Monica worked with legislation and policy issues in the field of education, including write-ups for online articles, policy and economic analyses, and budget analyses for the 09-10 school year.
  • Liz L. (2010) is working at the American Society of Landscape Architects in Washington, D.C. Liz is working as the Communication and Advocacy intern for fall quarter. She has worked on publishing several resource-educational guides and has shadowed the ASLA government affairs director at congressional hearings and meetings with members of Congress.
 

Meetings

  • Andrea D. (2010) recently attended a meeting with former President Clinton and recently elected Congressman Garamendi. 
  • Jesse H. (2009) and Patti T. (2011) participated in a workshop about responses to climate change in San Luis Obispo put on by the National Center for Conservation Science and Policy.

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