Winning Third Place at Millikin's 2019 Celebration of Scholarship Poster Symposium
The unbelievable happened! I won third place at the Poster Symposium, which was a first for the Political Science department at Millikin!
Despite being a little unprepared due to having to work and also having to present my senior thesis project that same morning I was able to impress the judges so much that they awarded us a third place ribbon and cash award prize!
I had an amazing time explaining to everyone that approached me what our findings were and the importance of the research matter. Most of the people I explained our research to were unaware of the countywide efforts the United States government has been funding since the early 2000s and I was proud to be able to provide them with that information. I felt as if I was extremely prepared despite not having any notecards to rely on because of the numerous presentations given before the poster symposium. My conversation with the judges was engaging and I could tell they were really interested in the research topic because of the number of questions asked and the extended amount of time spent on the discussion. I did not expect to win anything and didn't expect to have as much foot traffic as I did because of the neighboring project topics that were far more interactive than mine was, but despite that we won! I have had a great time presenting our research findings and am forever grateful for the opportunity and skills gained through this experience. -Julisa
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Since our grant is ending this year, the students and I brainstormed a few fundraising ideas to be able to support paid research assistantships in the Human Trafficking Research Lab for future students. We thought tote bags would be a great way to achieve this and so the students and I designed an eye catching bag that would educate people wherever it went. If you donate more $30 to the Human Trafficking Research Lab at Millikin we will send you one of these tote bags that will support future undergraduate research in the lab and help you raise awareness to human trafficking everywhere you go! The bags are 100% cotton and printed locally from Oakwood Screen Printing based right here in Decatur, Illinois. If you would like to donate to the Human Trafficking Research Lab at Millikin University you can make a donation in three different ways: 1) Make a credit card/debit card/EFT gift online at www.millikin.edu/give . Choose the “Millikin Fund” icon box and write “Human Trafficking Resea
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