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March 6, 2013

ULM students present at Louisiana Political Science Association's annual conference

Three University of Louisiana at Monroe political science majors presented papers at the Louisiana Political Science Association’s annual conference held at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, on March 2. 

Jonathan Cobb, a senior from West Monroe, who spoke on issues of political equality and economic liberty, said, “To be allowed to speak at this conference was an honor and a wonderful opportunity.”

Conference presenters were comprised of graduate students and faculty from across the state, as well as from other states in the region.

ULM was the only institution to have undergraduate students give presentations, according to Dr. John W. Sutherlin, associate professor of political science at ULM.

“We often use the internship in political science to advance special projects,” remarked Sutherlin. “But this year I wanted to work with students from the initial idea to a completed conference paper.”

Andrew Parker, a junior from Monroe, and Samantha Craig, a sophomore from Coushatta, said attending the conference was “an absolute privilege and a wonderful learning experience.” 

Craig and Parker co-presented their paper, which covered Iranian nuclear policy compared to other developing states, such as Libya and North Korea.

Sutherlin continued, “ULM should feel very proud to have students competing at this level.  All of these students did well.”

According to the LPSA Web site, the association is the state association of political scientists in Louisiana.

Founded in 1972, its main function has been to hold annual meetings which give political scientists across the state the chance to present current research and afford graduate and undergraduate students for a to sharpen their research and writing skills.

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