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Research Honors Students 2017-18

Junaid Belo-Osagie

Class of 2018
 
Where are you from?
Lagos, Nigeria
 
What are you writing your thesis on?
I'm exploring how a Universal Basic Income could affect political participation in the United States.
 
What do you want to learn to do better?
Cook - even my cereal is soggy
 
What was the weirdest food you've ever eaten?
Ostrich eggs
 
If you could be one Disney character who would you be and why?
Mulan. "I'll Make A Man Out of You" is the soundtrack to my life
 

Picture of Matthew CohenMatthew Cohen

Class of 2018
 
Where are you from?
Orange County, California
 
What are you writing your thesis on?
My honors thesis is about environmental politics in the U.S. It will explore how environmental legislation became polarized over time and the ideologically different factions within the environmental movement.
 
What do you want to learn to do better?
Mushroom Foraging
 
What is a motto you try to live by?
Live Free or Die
 

Elise Kostial

Class of 2018
 
Where are you from?
St. Louis, Missouri
 
What are you writing your thesis on?
My thesis examines the effect of primary election timing on general election outcomes. Primary election dates vary across the United States, with elections held as early as March and as late as September. If candidates who face competitive primaries are disadvantaged in the general election, the extent of this disadvantage may vary depending on the date when the primary was held. Candidates who run in late primaries have less time between the primary and general elections to unify their party, fundraise, etc.
 
If you had extra free time, what hobby would you take up?
I have always wanted to learn French
 
What was the weirdest food you've ever eaten?
I tried black pudding (blood sausage) in England, though I didn't know what it was at the time
 
What's the most memorable trip you've taken?
I studied abroad at Oxford during my junior year, and it was an absolutely amazing experience!
 

Picture of Sarah ManneySarah Manney

Class of 2018
 
Where are you from?
Vancouver Island, British Columbia
 
What are you writing your thesis on?
I'm writing my thesis about the comparative effectiveness of two debunking responses to fake news.
 
If you could create a (silly) law, what would it be?
Corn syrups should not be allowed to pass themselves off as "maple" syrup
 
If you had extra free time, what hobby would you take up?
Shakespearean acting
 
What's the most memorable trip you've taken?
Getting beaten with birch sticks in an Estonian resort town as a spa treatment
 

Quito Tsui

Class of 2018
 
Where are you from?
London, England
 
What are you writing your thesis on?
A normative framework of assessment for hybrid tribunals
 
If you had extra free time, what hobby would you take up?
Learning to play the harp
 
What was the weirdest food you've ever eaten?
Snake
 
If you could be one Disney character who would you be and why?
Mulan because she has a dragon and cricket for best friends, and can wield a sword like nobody's business.