On March 2, 2023, the 21st Annual Posters-at-the-Capitol (P@C) event was held at the State Capitol Building in Frankfort, Kentucky. The mission of the P@C is to help increase the awareness and understanding by the Governor and the General Assembly of the important role undergraduate research plays in the education of future professionals. The P@C brings together students from Kentucky’s state universities, which includes Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), to display undergraduate research and scholarly projects, some of which address issues that affect the economy at the state, national, and global levels.
Homeland Security Student Representatives
One of the ten EKU student representatives at the P@C was Zoe Hunt, who is a senior dual degree student with majors in Homeland Security and Psychology. Zoe presented her policy analysis research on legislation to combat human trafficking, which was conducted as part of requirements for the course HLS 395W Homeland Security Policy Analysis. Within the research, Zoe examined what specific policy options could be enacted at the federal level to better combat human trafficking.
The EKU Homeland Security Program provides undergraduates opportunities to engage in scholarly, research, and creative work, which is important to a student’s educational experience and professional development. Events such as the P@C where students can showcase their work are extremely beneficial to students as stated by Zoe:
“The benefit of Posters-at-the-Capitol for me was being able to continue to learn how to present research and discuss my research. I have continued to grow in my confidence with public speaking and getting outside my comfort zone through participating in events.”
The P@C event is just one example of opportunities where students can showcase their work. Another example is the Annual Undergraduate Homeland Security Research Showcase, which is hosted by the EKU Homeland Security Program and will be held on April 13, 2023. Whether inside or outside of the classroom, students can enjoy and benefit from the kind of experiences provided through their education at EKU.
“Posters-at-the-Capitol was a rewarding experience for me. I love being able to showcase my research and bring light to my topic. Being able to be a part of such an amazing opportunity was a blessing.”
After receiving her degrees in Homeland Security and Psychology, Zoe plans to enroll in graduate school to earn a master’s degree before beginning her professional career working on human trafficking prevention.
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