The JSU Public Policy Student Symposium – Spring 2015 was held on April 23, 2015. The semi-annual event is prepared as a way for students to increase their independent research skills and to enhance their skills of public communications in a professional setting, and to improve their writing skills. Sixteen students (8 doctoral, and 8 master) joined the event. Their diverse research topics cover homelessness issue in Jackson, MS, to the brownfield redevelopment.
The students who presented their researches for the event are as follows:
Ms. Ashlee Theodore (PhD; 1st left on top in picture; title: Assessing the environmental benefits of brownfield redevelopment in Jackson, Mississippi), Ms. Almesha Campbell (PhD; 2nd left on top; title: A correlation study betweeen poverty and access to drinking water sources: a case study of Sub-Sahara Africa), Ms. LaTonya Curley (PhD: 3rd left on top; title: Promoting active transportation as a tool for decreasing obesity), Ms. Sheryl Bacon (PhD: 4th left on top; title: Transportation as a social determinant of health in the State of Mississippi), Ms. Christine Allen (PhD: 1st left on second row; title: Impact of veterans' perception of therapist empathy on continuation in treatment: Research proposal), Mr. Christopher Roby (PhD; 2nd left on second row; title: Effectiveness analysis of the popular opinion leader intervention on reducing HIV rates in the Jackson MSA), Mr. Alan Branson (PhD; 3rd left on second row; title: Determinants of payday lending locations in Mississippi), and Ms. Denita Jones (PhD; 4th left on second row; title: Citizen engagement: a case study of the West Jackson master plan development).
Mr. Ryan Brown (MPPA;1st left on third row; title: Poverty, race, and economic development in Mississippi), Ms. Katherine Smith (MPPA;2nd left on third row; title: Debate over foster parenents' adoption rights in Southern states), Ms. Christina Spann (MPPA; 3rd left on third row; title: Tiny house movement: A solution to homelessness in Jackson, MS), Mr. Michael Bolden (MPPA; 4th left on third row; title: Childhood poverty in Mississippi), Mr. James Thompson (MPPA; 1st left on fourth row; title: Miscanthus in Mississippi: The potential and limiting factors for biomass industry in the Magnolia State), Mr. Cedric Coates (MPPA; 2nd left on fourth row; title: Trends of funding aging infrastructure in Jackson: Is the one percent tax increase enough?), Ms. Helenrine Seymour (MPPA; 3rd left on fourth row; title: Impacts of wildlife refuge in the community), and Mr. Aden Brown (MPA; 4th left on fourth row; title: Education in Mississippi: A study of student reading achivements).
The symposium has recognized the top three presentations for PhD, and MPPA categories, respectively:
1st Place: Mr. Alan Branson (Alan Branson_payday lending location)
2nd Place: Mr. Christopher Roby (Christopher Roby_HIV intervention)
3rd Place: Ms. Christine Allen (Christine Allen_veteran treatment)
1st Place: Mr. Ryan Brown (Ryan Brown_poverty race economics)
2nd Place: Ms. Christina Spann (Christina Spann_TinyHouseMovementppt)
3rd Place: Mr. Cedric Coates (Cedric Coates_infrustructure jackson).
We appreciate your hard works embedded in your outstanding presentations, and Congratulations to the winners!!