Student researchers from the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy summer research program swept the awards in the Social Sciences and Humanities division of the sixth annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium, held on July 27, 2016.

Elizabeth Wilkey '17 and Patrick Newhart '18 won the prize for Best Abstract and presented their project "A Geovisualization: 10,000 Years of Global Maize," which mapped the diffusion of maize production through history.

Louis Tobias '17 and Maggie Carlson '18 ("Dreamers: Immigrant Youth Fighting for Opportunity") and Amarachi Ekekwe '18 ("Black Women & Violence: Understanding Fear and Movement Amongst Black Women on Bucknell's Campus") tied for Best Poster Presentation in the division. Amarachi's project was also voted Audience Favorite.

These students were part of a group of sixteen Bucknell Institute for Public Policy Summer Research Interns and six Emerging Scholars. The interns are matched with faculty from economics, geography, political science, sociology and others to work on research projects. In the Emerging Scholars program, students propose interdisciplinary research projects which are in an early stage of development and work with faculty mentors; this program is jointly funded by the Institute, the Bucknell Center for Sustainability & the Environment and the Provost's office. The Institute faculty also hold weekly workshops on developing research and professional skills for the students. Thanks to the generosity of donors, we have been able to increase opportunities for students to do research in the social sciences.