Capstone Research Forum

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) Capstone Research Forum is held annually each spring semester.  The Forum provides graduating MPP students the opportunity to showcase their scholarship before a large and diverse audience–including distinguished alumni, college and university leadership, policy practitioners, faculty advisors, family, and friends.

2018 Capstone Research Forum

Violet AcumoThe She Curse: Why It Is Dangerous To Be Born Female in Sub-Saharan Africa

Luke AllenLost in the Woods: Addressing the Rural Health Care Crisis

Alex AndrewsFeeds for Thought: How Level of Office Influences Social Media

Jonathan BermanUnderstanding Michigan’s ‘Stormwater Utility Act’: Current Legal Financial Constraints and Prospects for Improved Stormwater Management

Alec D’AnnunzioWhen Constitutional Rights Don’t Matter: Shortfalls in the Solution to Michigan’s Broken Indigent Defense System

Lauren FeckoEmbracing Technology to Relieve the Burden of Long-Term Care

Abbey FrazierThe Youngest Victims of the Opioid Crisis: Child Welfare & Opioid Prescriptions in Michigan

James GarryDeveloping a Robust ROI for MDEQ: Measuring Economic Development, Environmental Stewardship, and Customer Service

Kyle Goldstein – Did Medicaid Expansion Cover More Children in the Medicaid Gap?

Mikaylah Heffernan One Drop in the Bucket: Evidence-Based Policy Solutions to Marine Plastic Pollution

Chelsea KazlauskasHow Household Demographics Impact Housing Choices: Evaluating Housing Subsidies in Michigan

Ian MagnusonCommunicating Sustainability: Bridging the Planner to Practitioner Gap

Nick MillerThe Pay it Forward Tour: Determining the Impact of a Volunteer Spring Break Trip on Participants and Communities

Warren RotheHolding Their Own: Michigan’s Cities after the Recession

Carlos Rios-SantiagoOn the Chopping Block: An Impact Analysis of Economic Development Administration Construction Projects

Michael Sitkauskas  – Term Limits and Legislative Productivity: A Comparative Analysis

Claire Stevens  – And Justice For All? U.S. Indigenous Populations, Environmental Policy, and Federal Oversight

Jacob Thompson  – Make America Great WHITE Again: Race & Trump’s Immigration Proposals

Xiao XingDeficit Elimination Plans in Michigan Counties: 2010-2016

Ran YuPeace or War: An Analysis of the North Korea Nuclear Crisis and Policy Suggestions for the United States