PLS students shined in this year’s Diversity Research Showcase

January 25, 2024 - Karessa Weir

Students from MSU Political Science in the College of Social Scientists brought home  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.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)




A Preliminary Research Award was won by 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).

Lowis Monis

“Jerome Hamilton is a person to look out for in years to come. As a fine researcher and excellent communicator, he will cut a swathe in combatting environmental racism and making access to wild areas in America more inclusive,” said Dr. John Waller, director of Social Science Scholars and professor of History.

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.

Winners of Diversity Research ShowcasePhotographs by Jackie Belden Hawthorne, College of Social Science.