Social Scientists shined in this year’s Diversity Research Showcase

January 25, 2024 - Karessa Weir and Shelly DeJong

College of Social Science Diversity Research Showcase winners
College of Social Science presenters at the Diversity Research Showcase with Honors College Dean Chris Long; photos taken by Jackie Hawthorne

Students from MSU College of Social Scientists brought home a wide variety of awards at this year’s Diversity Research Showcase hosted by MSU Honors College. This annual university-wide showcase features MSU undergraduate student work or work in progress on issues of diversity that advance inclusion. 

Jerome Hamilton Jr., a Political Science junior, won first place in the oral presentation category for his research “Searching for Harmony in the Outdoors: An Exploration of Hunting and Fishing Participation in Michigan.” Jerome’s faculty mentor was Dr. Dan Kramer (Fisheries & Wildlife) 

Jerome Hamilton
Political Science student Jerome Hamilton

Second place in the oral presentation category went to Psychology junior Evan Clerinx for their research “I Am Proud to Be Disabled: The Liberatory Power of Identity Construction for Those with Mental Health, Neurological, and Substance Abuse Conditions” with research mentors Drs. Stephen Rohs and Lucy Thompson.

Preliminary Research Awards were given to Nadiah Hasnol, Psychology junior, for the project “Exploring the Implications of AI in Plagiarism Detection Software for 

 International and Multilingual Students” and World Politics first year student Lowell Monis for “Intersectionality in the Halls of Power: A Comprehensive Study of Diversity in the United States Congress and State Legislatures” with Dr. Matt Grossmann (Political Science).

Finally, poster prizes were awarded to the following Social Science students:

Darielle Knotcho
Psychology student Darielle Kontcho

“It was hugely enjoyable and rewarding to see so many students talk about their work with such deserved pride. The Honors College’s Diversity in Research Showcase is a celebration of the very best of the undergraduate experience: an inclusive gathering of students who are committed to using research to make our world more rational and humane,” said Dr. Waller, director of Social Science Scholars and professor of History.

Also presenting were Anthropology sophomore Sasha Franklin with “Second-wave feminism and the modern day 'TERF'”  and Psychology sophomore Surabhi Gangadkar with “Assessing accessibility: A comprehensive study of accessibility and Accommodations for Deaf and Hard of Hearing medical professionals” both with mentor Dr. Waller. Criminal Justice senior Gabrielle Teachey presented “A study to determine the feasibility of Michigan State University investing in community development financial institutions.”

It has been exciting to witness the Diversity Research Showcase reach new heights in its seventh year, including the highest number of applicants and strong support from co-sponsoring units. This speaks volumes about the dedication and enthusiasm of our students, faculty, and partners in fostering a thriving intellectual community. Here's to another year of celebrating excellence in research and innovation,” said Honors College Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Erika Crews, who co-led the event.

There were a record 49 student presenters across 34 presentations taking part in the showcase this year.