Four students present at Walsh undergraduate research conference

Four Marietta College students recently presented papers at the “All Politics Is Local” undergraduate research conference at Walsh University in Canton.

Those who presented were:

Melissa Varga ’10 (Canal Fulton, Ohio), Political Science/English double major: Her paper, “Struggle for Peace: Social Movements and Their Fight to Affect Policy,” compares the Vietnam War era (1964-75) and the Iraq War/invasion era (2003-07) to examine the effects social movements have on the government’s conduct of military escalation and de-escalation of conflict.

Mike Morgan ’10 (Newcomerstown, Ohio), Political Science major: His paper, “What Factors Influence the Degree of Political Stability within a State?” examines what, if any, common features of society can be attributed to stability within a given state by exploring factors such as economic development, government legitimacy and the degree of social tensions within the state.

Shelby Belknap ’10 (Ravenna, Ohio), Political Science, major: Her paper, “Ethnic Tensions,” employs a comparative case study to examine what factors influence outbreaks of ethnic conflict.

Grace O’Dell ’10 (Buffalo, N.Y.), International Leadership Studies and Spanish double major: Her paper, “Factors Affecting the Performance of a Functional Public Health System in a Developing Country,” examines how money, education, and geography affected the performance of how well the public health systems performed in Morocco and Peru from 1990-2009.

Each of the students were under the direction of Dr. Mark Schaefer, Assistant Professor of Political Science. O’Dell’s work originated in Political Science 340 (International Political Economy), while the other three were from Political Science 420 (Capstone).

“We are very proud of our four participants. Each of their works represents a substantial piece of undergraduate Political Science research,” said Schaefer. “The Walsh University conference was a excellent forum for each student to present her or his research. The conference allows students to gain valuable external feedback on their research, and provides some deserved recognition for jobs well done. Each piece of research was well received at the conference.”