2015 Graduate Research Conference

The Capstone research project represents one of the most significant portions of the Policy Studies curriculum. The annual Graduate Research Conference is an opportunity for graduating students to present their work.

Friday, May 15, 2015

9:00 am - 4:45 pm

University of Washington Bothell
Discovery Hall Room 162

Free and open to the public
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Conference Schedule

Coffee, Tech Loading, and Welcome
8:30-9:00 am


Panel 1: Environmental & Health Policy
9:15-10:45 am
(Nives Dolšak)

Melissa K. Watkinson
Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation:  Identifying the Impact of Fractionated Land for a Coastal Community
Megan Conaway
Environmental Advocacy within Non-Governmental Organizations
Denise Scully 
Factors Affecting Genetic Engineering Policy Outcomes
Tosin Dada
Why can’t I have an Orange? Public-Private Sector Policy and Fresh Produce Production in Nigeria

Panel 2: Human Rights & Foreign Policy
11:00-12:30 pm
(Moderator: Bruce Kochis)

Stephanie Hughes
What are the Critical Indicators of Effectiveness of a VGAL? An Evaluation of the Snohomish County Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem Program
Cole Jensen
The International Symbol of Access: The Perception of Disability
Agazit N Ocbazgi
Opinion Survey of the Eritrean Diaspora in the United States: Perceptions of the United States and Eritrean Relationship
Kelly Berg
Democracy, Strategic Interests and U.S. – Arab Foreign Policy: A Multiple Case Study of Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan & Saudi Arabia

12:30-1:15 pm
Catered lunch to be served. 


Panel 3: Social, Legal, & Tech Policy
1:15-3:05 pm
(Moderator: Camille Walsh)

Eritrea Habtemariam
Perceptions of Crime and Policing: A Case Study of Ethiopian and Eritrean Immigrants in Seattle
Elizabeth Theaker
Reframing "Pedophile" to Combat Child Sexual Abuse: A Content Analysis of Public Response to Luke Malone's "Help Wanted"
Adrian Lindekugel
Alabama Judicial Override: Is One Greater than Twelve?
Megan M. Hammond
An Exploration of the Relationship between Perceived Social Support and Academic Success in Former Washington State Prisoners
David Doyle
Open Government Data: An Analysis of the Potential Impacts of an Open Data Law for Washington State

Panel 4: Education and Labor Policy
3:15-4:45 pm
(Moderator: Dan Jacoby)

Heidi Schauble
Public School Choice and Supplemental Education Services: Exploring K-12 Education Reforms in Washington State
Ismaila Maidadi
Beyond Access and Thinking about Success: Assessing Institutional Barriers for Underrepresented Minorities in STEM and High Demand Majors
Bryan Austin
Union Solidarity verses Union Democracy: Why Private Sector Unions are Struggling to Survive in the United States
Mojan S. Ahmadi
Best Practices between Career Centers and Employers


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Past Conferences

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2014 conference

2013 conference

2012 conference

2011 conference

2010 conference

2009 conference

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