Rachel Langley of Crossett was among the political science students from the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) who presented research at a major conferences for their field during the spring semester.

The six political science students travelled to Washington D.C. in February to participate in the 2019 Pi Sigma Alpha national undergraduate conference. The annual conference is open to all members of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society, but only about 100 undergraduate researchers are selected to present from the 600 chapters across the country. This is the second consecutive year UAM students have been invited to participate and present papers, including original research.

Langley’s paper, “Security, Honor and Sacrifice: Comparing Military Service in Turkey and the U.S,” considered the pros and cons of mandatory (versus voluntary) military service for a country’s citizenry.

The delegates participated in a tight schedule of events, including multiple paper presentations, group discussions, networking opportunities, a workshop to help them prepare for graduate school or the workforce, and attending a lecture by Major Garrett, a veteran journalist, Chief Washington Correspondent for CBS and host of the podcast “The Takeout.”

While in Washington D.C., the students also visited the offices of Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton to discuss their academic successes including their in-depth undergraduate research projects.

Dr. Carol Strong, associate professor of political science, serves as the Pi Sigma Alpha faculty advisor at UAM.

“These students represented the interests of UAM well at a national level,” Strong said. “It was wonderful to see them talking about their research so enthusiastically and professionally in the Senator’s offices,” said Strong.

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