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Undergraduate Research
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Undergraduate majors in political science and international studies have many opportunities to engage in research. Those of our majors in the honors program have the option of writing an honors thesis, for example. Undergraduate Scholars week provides an opportunity for students to present their research in the form of papers on panels or posters every March.

Our students may submit papers for application in The Pulse, Baylor University's undergraduate scholarly publication, which publishes several issues per year. Students preparing for competition in Moot Court, Model UN, and Model Organization of America States engage in individual and collaborative research, which forms the basis of their participation in regional, national, and international tournaments for college students. Grants for student travel for research and paper presentations are available through the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Small Grant Program established by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. Faculty can apply under this program for up to $5000 in funding to support undergraduate research and scholarly activities. And, of course, many of our upper level classes in political science and international studies have opportunities for undergraduate research papers.


Recent contributions of our majors include:

Honors Theses Completed in 2011 (click here to view the abstracts)

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  • Daniel Abernathy, University Scholar
    • Dr. David Corey, mentor
      International Law and the Just War Tradition
  • Katie Jo Baumgardner, University Scholar
    • Dr. Jerold Waltman, mentor
      The Garbage Can Model and Education: A policymaking analysis of the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 and its effects on the American Community College System
  • Fu-Chieh Flora Chang, Political Science
    • Dr. Curt Nichols, mentor
      The Dropping of the Atomic Bombs: An Analysis of President Harry S Truman's Postwar Justifications
  • Kathryn Craig, International Studies
    • Dr. Sara Alexander, mentor
      The Choice: An Investigation of Infant-Feeding Methods of HIV-Positive Mothers and the Reasons Behind Them
  • Kristina Edwards, International Studies
    • Dr. J. Mark Long, mentor
      The Economic, Cultural, and Religious Implications of Child Marriage in Yemen
  • Jeremy Goss, Political Science
    • Dr. Joseph Ferraro, mentor
      Engineering Lower Metabolism Rates and Greater Fat Stores in Newborn Famine Victims Through the Use of Prenatal Hormonal and Chemical Supplements
  • Joseph Hawkins, English and Political Science
    • Dr. Joe Fulton, mentor
      "Well-Directed, Honest Toil": The Concept of Citizenship in the Life and Rhetoric of Frederick Douglass
  • Robert Hill, International Studies
    • Dr. Linda Adams, mentor
      Militarism and Israel: Origins and Development of Cultural Militarism in Israeli Society and Politics
  • Shayan Makani, Philosophy and Political Science
    • Dr. Jonathan Tran, mentor
      Intersecting Vulnerabilities: An Islamic Theorization of the Fragility of Cross-Species Communities
  • Christopher McMillion, University Scholar
    • Dr. David Corey, mentor
      Rawls and the Liberal Political Tradition: Universalism and the Attempt to Bridge Rousseau and Kant
  • Heather McMillion, University Scholar
    • Dr. David Corey, mentor
      Rhetoric: War or Restoration? A Comparison of Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin's Interpretations of the Gorgias
  • Caleb Simone, University Scholar
    • Dr. Dwight Allman, mentor
      The First Tragic Philosopher: Nietzsche's Self-Portrait in Ecce Homo
  • Stanley Staton, Philosophy and Political Science
    • Dr. James SoRelle, mentor
      Swing Down, Sweet Chariot
  • Ryan Trobee, International Studies
    • Dr. David Clinton, mentor
      Imperial Encounters: Evaluating the Caucasian and First Anglo-Afghan Wars
  • Michelle Villanueva, International Studies
    • Dr. Victor Hinojosa, mentor
      Consequences of United States Intervention in Latin America
  • Jeffrey Vitarius, Economics
    • Dr. Brad Thayer, mentor
      Critical Strategy Theory: A Proposal
  • Kathryn Williams, Political Science
    • Dr. Sara Stone, mentor
      Bias in News Coverage of the May 2010 Flotilla Incident: A Content Analysis of the BBC, Al Jazeera, and the Jerusalem Post

Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Scholars Day, April 2011 (click here to view the abstracts)

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  • Maria Fernanda Aguirre
    • Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ivy Hamerly
      Humanitarian Organizations and NGOs in Latin America: The Cases of Mexico and Colombia
  • Haley Allee
    • Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ivy Hamerly
      The Successes of the Finnish Education Model and Possible Implementation within the Declining American Education System
  • Jennifer Cook
    • Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dave Bridge
      Courting Disaster: Why Dred Scott Was Different from Its Predecessor
  • Samantha Jones
    • Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ivy Hamerly
      Changing Norms: How International Humanitarian Organizations Can Do Their Part

Honors Theses Completed in 2010 (click here to view the abstracts)

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  • Erik Baumann, Philosophy and Political Science
    • Dr. Linda Adams, mentor
      US Foreign Policy in Iran from 1953-2010: What it Was, Where it Went Wrong, and What can be done to make it better. A Policy Proposal for the Obama Administration
  • Matthew Berry, University Scholar
    • Dr. David Corey, mentor
      War and Tragedy: Insights from Homer and Aeschylus
  • Erica Gibbs, International Studies and French
    • Dr. Jerold Waltman, mentor
      Executive-Legislative Relations in France and Great Britain
  • Rachel Huntsman, University Scholar
    • Dr. Victor Hinojosa, mentor
      Memory, Isolation, and Apathy: Political Themes in One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Jessie Kuykendall, International Studies
    • Dr. Bradley Thayer, mentor
      Winning Quiet Support in the Middle East, Soft Power Style: An examination of how the United States can use specific soft power methods to lessen the effectiveness of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism in the Middle East
  • Kym MacNeal, University Scholar
    • Dr. Adams, PSC, mentor
      Chemical and Biological Weapons and Their Affect On the Stability of the Middle East
  • Joe Muller, University Scholar
    • Dr. David D. Corey, mentor
      The Jus in Bello of Homer's Iliad
  • Cynthia Perez International Studies
    • Dr. Jerold Waltman, mentor
      The Development of Dual Citizenship in an Increasingly Globalized Society
  • Tyler Talbert, International Studies
    • Dr. Joan Supplee, mentor
      Juan Domingo Perón and Hugo Ch vez Frías: The Evolution of the Latin American
      Authoritarian and the Longevity of the Populist
  • Emily Ivy, History
    • Dr. Jerold Waltman, mentor
      The Fairness of Workfare in Regards to Mothers

Other Conference Presentations (click here to view the abstracts)

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  • Tyler Talbert, International Studies
  • Southwest Conference of Latin American Studies
    • Dr. Joan Supplee, advisor
      Title: Juan Domingo Peron and Hugo Chavez Frias: The Evolution of the Latin American Authoritarian and the Longevity of the Populist

Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Scholars Week, March 2010 (click here to view the abstracts)

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  • Shannon Eichblatt, Senior, History
  • Sara Lemons, Senior, International Studies
    • Faculty Mentor: Sara Alexander
      Title: Stressed Out Over Climate? How Vulnerability and Stress Levels Affect Coping Strategies
  • Tricia Hamby, Senior, Anthropology
  • Kira Geslin, Senior, International Studies
    • Faculty Mentor: Sara Alexander
      Title: Sex, Society and Severe Weather: Does Social Connectedness Impact the Ability to Cope with Climate Events?
  • Grant Sheehan, Senior, International Studies
    • Faculty Mentor: Ivy Hamerly
      Title: CATCHING THE BUTTERFLY: NATO and the European Union - Integration and Security
  • Ben Roshto, Senior, Spanish
  • Jessica Green, Senior, International Studies
    • Faculty Mentor: Michael Thomas
      Prose: Emilia Pardo Bazan
  • David Matthew, Senior, Political Science
    • Faculty Mentor: Jeff Hunt
      Title: The Catiline Conspiracy to 9/11: A Consideration of Executive Power in Two Republics
  • Joseph F. Hawkins, Junior, English/Philosophy/Political Science
    • Faculty Mentor: Joe Fulton
      Title: The Individualist Emphasis in the Speeches of Frederick Douglass
  • Shayan Makani, Junior, Political Science and Philosophy
    • Faculty Mentor: John Ferguson and Jonathan Tran
      Title: Deciphering Nonidentitarianism: A Criticism of Giorgio Agamben's Notion of Community as Whatever
  • Amabely Alderete, Senior, Political Science
  • Luisa Muskus, Senior, Economics, Political Science
  • Ben Dille, Junior, International Studies
    • Faculty Mentor: John Ferguson
      Title: God at Work. The Dilemma of the Workplace Spirituality Movement
  • Tiffany Gallegos, Sophomore, International Studies
  • Shayan Makani, Junior, Philosophy/Political Science
  • Thuy Nguyen, Senior, Political Science
    • Faculty Mentor: John Ferguson
      Title: Facebook and Freedom: Student Internet Speech Rights and Cyberbullying
  • Caitlin Karraker, Junior, Political Science/Pre-Law
    • Faculty Mentor: Ivy Hamerly
      Title: The Fatal Flaws of Regional Organizations

Honors Theses Completed in 2009 (click here to view the abstracts)

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  • Ariel Alexander, International Studies
    • Dr. Joan Supplee, mentor
      Democracy re-establishing justice through truth: the Strengthening of Rule of Law in Argentina, Chile and Paraguay as seen through the effectiveness of their truth commissions
  • Adam L. Arrington, Political Science
    • Dr. Jerold R. Waltman, mentor
      Whose Land Is It Anyway: The Evolution of Eminent Domain in the United States
  • Sam Chen, Philosophy and Political Science
    • Dr. David K. Nichols, mentor
      Defending Religious Liberty: Is a Secular Definition of Religion Possible?
  • Rachel M. Frankeny, Economics and Political Science
    • Dr. Jerold Waltman and Dr. James Henderson, mentors
      The Political and Policy Challenges of U.S. Health Care Reform
  • Dodge Grootemaat, Political Science
    • Dr. Dwight Allman, mentor
      Tradition and Revolution
  • Tom Just, German and International Studies
    • Dr. Andrew Wisely, mentor
      Waging Peace: Leipzig's Peaceful Revolution
  • Chelsea Saylors, University Scholar
    • Dr. David K. Nichols, mentor
      Wyatt Earp as Secretary of State: Western Films as an Expression of American Identity and Political Thought, 1946-1993
  • Paige Tucker, Political Science
    • Dr. Jennifer Good, mentor
      German Immigration in the 20th and 21st Centuries
  • Joseph Vale, Political Science
    • Dr. Victor J. Hinojosa, mentor
      Born Or Raised? Comparing American and French Birthright Citizenship Policy

Honors Theses Completed in 2008 (click here to view the abstracts)

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  • Kevin Goll, Political Science
    • Dr. David Corey, mentor
      Room on the Right: The Differences within Modern Conservatism
  • Matthew Graham, International Studies
    • Dr. W. David Clinton, mentor
      The Truman Administration and the Creation of the State of Israel
  • Thomas Herndon, Political Science
    • Dr. Linda Adams, mentor
      Islamic Legal Code and the Role of Women: Are Sharia Law and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women compatible?
  • Alan Kramer, Political Science/Medical Humanities
    • Dr. Richard Riley, mentor
      The effectiveness of foreign aid from public and private sectors.
  • Will Simmons, Political Science
    • Dr. David Corey, mentor
      Four Arguments for Liberalism

The Pulse published a Special Political Science Edition, Fall 2007 (click here to view the abstracts)

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  • Kate Boswell
    • Grounds for U.S. Intervention in Iraq and the Just War Tradition
  • Grace Maalouf
    • Fighting Fair: Applying Walzer's Jus In Bello Considerations to the Siege of Fallujah
  • Abby Simpson
    • Migrant Labor in the Gulf States: Abuses and Impact
  • Jason Weber
    • Patients' Rights in Recent Constitutional Law