UW Bothell Hosts MAPS Graduate Research Conference

Thursday, May 7, 2009
CONTACT: Elizabeth Fischtziur - (425) 352-3636 -

BOTHELL, Wash. - Graduating students in the University of Washington Bothell's Masters of Arts in Policy Studies Program will present their capstone research projects at a graduate research conference on Friday, May 15, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., on campus in UW2-005. State Representative Mike Hope will serve as keynote speaker (1:30 - 2:00 p.m.).

The capstone research project represents a significant portion of the Policy Studies curriculum. During the program's course of study, each Policy Studies graduate student conducts in-depth research and analysis of a local or global policy issue utilizing quantitative and qualitative methods.

The capstone research project integrates all facets of the student's learning experience and demonstrates his/her ability to use the tools of policy research.

The research conference serves as an opportunity for students to present their research on policy topics that include economic development, education, energy, environment, health, human rights, industry regulation, labor, local government, and social welfare. Participants are invited to attend for all or part of the day to learn more about these exciting topics and to view the student's high quality research.

Midway through the conference MAPS alumni Mike Hope will present a keynote address.  Hope, State Representative for Washington's 44th Legislative District, has a bachelor's degree in Sociology from John Carroll University and a master's degree in Policy Studies from the University of Washington Bothell (2006).  While earning his master's at UW Bothell, Mike's capstone research focused on the Seattle Police Department's Narcstat Program.  The event is free and open to the public.

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About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell was founded in 1990 to serve King and Snohomish counties and north Puget Sound area students seeking bachelor's and master's degrees. UW Bothell offers degree programs in applied computing, business, nursing, education, computing and software systems, interdisciplinary arts and sciences, cultural studies, and policy studies.