Presenting at the Midwest Political Science Conference
I recently had the pleasure to attend the 79th Midwest Political Science Association Conference with the other members of the Human Trafficking Research Lab at Millikin University. We had the opportunity to share our paper on human trafficking adjudication in central Illinois with other political scientists not only in the Midwest area, but those who had traveled from other states or countries to be in attendance. It was a wonderful experience to be able to share the research we have been working on for more than a year with other scholars and academics. Though we had not completed our research by the time of the conference, we were able to present the findings that we had at that point and were able to get feedback on said research.
I feel that through the feedback from others as well as their questions regarding our research, I was able to understand even better both our work and the importance of it by defending it. We were also able to meet other political scientists and hear their presentations on their research. As this conference was mostly for graduate students, I felt very honored to be a part of it as an undergraduate. I felt that there was much I could learn from the actual research and the researchers themselves. One thing that I found both partially shocking and slightly disheartening was that the majority of attendees of the conference were older white men. While this fact itself was a bit sad, I am glad and excited to be part of the new incoming generation of political scientists.