Ferrum Students Present Research Results at Chicago Conference

Ferrum College Students Present Research Results at Chicago Conference

Political science majors Carey Kimbrough and Jesse Shively received grants to attend the conference in April.

Senior Carey Kimbrough, of Mechanicsville, Va., and junior Jesse Shively, of Ferrum, Va.

FERRUM, VA. (May 2, 2014) – Two Ferrum College political science majors traveled with Ed Hally, assistant professor of political science and public administration, to present their undergraduate research during the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Conference held April 3 – 6 in Chicago. Senior Carey Kimbrough, of Mechanicsville, Va., and junior Jesse Shively, of Ferrum, Va., each received a FUSE grant from the College that covers travel, lodging, food and conference fees for students presenting research at professional conferences with a faculty member. 

"My single biggest regret in graduate school was that I never had any serious research experience as an undergraduate,” Hally said. “The FUSE grant at Ferrum gives an opportunity to our students to work hand-in-hand with their professors on researching, writing and presenting professional research before embarking into graduate school, law school or their chosen profession.”

Since hearing about the grant opportunity a few years ago, Hally makes the MPSA Conference a regular event for the College’s most promising political science students.  He collaborates with interested students on research ideas in the fall, typically submitting two or three proposals to the Conference by the October deadline. “We hear back about the acceptance of our proposals in December and at that point, we divvy up the research and writing load to begin over winter break and continue into the spring semester,” he explained.

Hally worked with Kimbrough to use a basic experimental design to see if classes that utilize student-designed games retain basic political science concepts better.  Hally’s project with Shively used a film analysis to interpret and make an argument about the relationship of the three "Dark Knight" movies to public opinion about terrorism. Both students helped conduct the research and then assisted with writing the papers that were presented at the conference.

“This is an opportunity that I wished I had when I was in college and I can think of no better preparation for people interested in graduate school," said Hally.

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