The Senior Legacy Symposium is a celebration of outstanding student work across the University. In 2013, the Political Science department nominated three students: Heather Brocksmith, Gregory Frank, and Kalina Kutriansky.
Heather Brocksmith presented a poster on "The Effect of Fundraising on Women Gubernatorial Candidates." Heather explains, "This research examines the sources of fundraising of women gubernatorial candidates compared with men. I argue that fewer women run for public office because they face social and institutional barriers rooted in gender stereotypes that put them at a disadvantage with regards to fundraising. Due to these disadvantages, women have to work harder to receive the same fundraising results as men-often needing more individual contributors to reach the same end amount of contributions. I test my theory utilizing an original dataset of all campaign contributions to gubernatorial candidates from 1992-2010." Heather's faculty sponsor was Dr. Jason Windett.
Gregory Frank presented a poster on "The Globalized Marketplace." Greg summarized his research like this: "Technological advancements have fueled the accelerated pace of globalization in the 21st century. This report examines the capacity of resourceful individuals to circumvent state power by establishing non-traditional market places. I contend that unregulated capitalism has motivated these market actors to do business via the Internet unimpeded by state authority. To support this argument a modern day example of evolving globalization will be examined, i.e. the Silk Road which is a website that operates as a de facto black market for contraband material." Greg's faculty sponsor was Dr. Michelle Lorenzini.
Kalina Kutriansky presented a poster on "Issue-Based Gender Stereotypes and the Competence Gap." Kalina says, "Prospective voters often utilize gender stereotypes to interpret a candidate's issue position, competence, and political ideology. In addition to responding to heuristic cues, voters are also influenced by the types of issues ("easy" or "hard") available. By surveying political science students, this research examines the relationship between gender and the types of issue-voting as such. The results indicate that the role of gender is uniquely two-fold: on the one hand, it serves as a heuristic cue in determining support for candidates; on the other hand, it serves as a contextual indicator that structures voters' positions and issue responsiveness." Kalina's faculty sponsor was Dr. Jason Windett.