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Transnational Studies Students Present Research at Illinois State University Conference

Fulton, Mo.- Three Westminster College Transnational Studies (TNS) students presented papers at the Illinois State University Conference for Students of Political Science in Normal, Ill. on Friday, April 8, 2011. Kristin Bail (Sr., Camdenton, Mo.), K. C. "Jue Jue" Min Thu (Sr., Bangkok, Thailand), James Phiri (So., Blantyre, Malawi) all presented their original research.

Bail, Min Thu, and Phiri were students in Dr. Kurt Jefferson's Jr.-Sr. Seminar in International and Transnational Studies in Fall 2010 where they wrote their papers. Bail, who delivered a paper entitled, "Piecing Together the Immigration Puzzle: Immigration and the EU," had won the "Alpha Chi Convention Presentation Prize for the Best Presentation in the Poiltical Science/Economics Category" with the same paper the week before in San Diego, Calif. at the national Alpha Chi (national honor society) convention. Min Thu presented her paper on "The Role of Civil Society in China and Burma." Phiri gave his paper on "Has Silent Genocide Occurred in Eastern Congo?"

The conference, put on by the Department of Political Science at Illinois State University, was holding its 19th annual meeting. Twenty-two schools were represented including undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Chicago, American University, The Catholic University of America, Marquette University, Niagara University, Roger Williams University, University of San Francisco, Truman State University, and several others.

Two other Westminster College students presented papers as well: Emily Moore (Jr., Troy, Mo.), a double major in political science and economics, and Mylhan Myers (So., Rolla, Mo.), a biochemistry major. Moore presented her paper on "Denmark, Happiness, and the Rawlsian Conception of Social Justice." Like Bail, Moore brought home honors from the Alpha Chi convention in San Diego the week before. She won the convention's top scholarship competition in taking home the $2500 Gaston award. She was the first Westminster student ever to win that award. Myers presented his paper on "The American Presidency: An Examination of the Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb." Moore also served as a discussant on the "Political Economy" panel.

Accompanying the students were their professors (for whom they wrote their papers): Dr. Tobias Gibson, Dr. John Langton, and Jefferson (all of the Department of Political Science at Westminster).

All of the Westminster College students' papers (as well as the ISU conference's papers) can be read on-line at: http://pol.illinoisstate.edu/current/conferences/2011/2011Conference.shtml

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